A great variety of courses to choose from:
As a USPS member, you and your family can enroll in a great variety of advanced grade and elective courses which are only available to USPS members. These courses include Seamanship, Coastal and Inland Navigation, Offshore Navigation, Weather, Engine Maintenance, Marine Electronics, Cruise Planning and Sail. In addition, USPS offers more than two dozen self study courses on such subjects as the Water Sports, Boat Insurance, Oceanography, Preparation for Coast Guard Licensing, and much more.
As a member of a local squadron (and there are approximately 450 squadrons throughout the USA, including Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands) you will join with other knowledgeable boaters in your area who are familiar with the local waters, the best anchorages, and marinas and boat repair shops.
As a USPS member you're automatically invited to join in the squadron and district cruises, rendezvous, predicted log contests, raft-ups, and other on-water activities.
There are many marine insurance companies which provide discounts to those who complete advanced boating courses. This savings can be significant.
USPS Networking with other members throughout the USA, Canada and even more distant areas: Thinking of boating in a river, lake or ocean far from your home? USPS has a Port Captain program which will provide names and telephone numbers of local USPS members who know the territory.
Discounts at Joyner Marina: (Carolina Beach - at the intersection of Snows Cut (E) and the ICW)
http://joynermarina.com/ and Phone # 910-458-5053.
Discounts at Waterfront and Harbor Point Marinas (just inside Myrtle Grove Sound on the right, just off of Snow's Cut and the ICW). Phone # 910-458-1620 (Waterfront) and # 910-458-8415 (Harbor Point).
Discounts at Light House Marine Supply, Inc at 220 N Green Meadows Drive, Wilmington, NC 28405.
http://www.lighthousemarinetrailer.com/ Phone # 910-392-5005 :
Discounts at Cape Fear Sportswear (901 Upper Reach Dr. Wilmington, NC)
http://www.capefearsportswear.com/ Phone # 888-796-9655