Public Boating Courses
The current class schedule can be found HERE
Public Boating Courses are the United States Power Squadron’s primary civic effort toward public instruction in the fundamentals of safe boating. The Minnetonka Power Squadron offers five and seven-session courses, as well as the popular self-study “America’s Boating Course.” Our Squadron’s public boating courses are designed to familiarize the student with the fundamentals of safe boating as well as qualify for certification in most states that require boating education before operating a watercraft. A fee will be charged to cover cost of materials for all courses, no pre-registration required. Details on all three courses are below.
Public boating classes are offered beginning March 18 and May 7. America’s Boating Course (ABC – Self Study) listed at the bottom of this page is available year-round. For information on public classes, please e-mail our education officer at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Pending classes / schedules are listed under our current events and activities page. For more information on the self study course, please e-mail our ABC chair at: email@example.com.
AMERICA’S BOATING COURSE (8 hr) Starting 03/18/13 and 5/7/13
This is an 8 hour (five sessions) classroom course which covers the following subjects:
- Boating terms and types of boats
- Required Safety Equipment
- Going Boating
- Navigation Rules
- Navigation Aids
- Lights and Sound Signals
- Government regulations
- State and Local Regulations
- Adverse Conditions and Emergencies
- Communications Afloat
- Water Sports Safety
- PWC Operation
- Knots and Lines
- Introduction to Digital Charts
AMERICA’S BOATING COURSE – SELF STUDY (ABC SELF STUDY)
If you are unable to attend one of the traditional classroom courses, the America’s Boating Course (ABC) is available as a home study course.
ABC includes an interactive computer CD-ROM which serves as a “virtual” instructor with audio and video clips.
To order the ABC course, you may contact our ABC Course Chairperson via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can order the course from the United States Power Squadrons’ national website by clicking HERE. You may also call the Minnetonka Power Squadron hotline with your questions or material requests.
The number is +1 (612) 568-BOAT (2628).