Course NameDescriptionDates / VenueMaterials FeeSign-Up
Introduction to Navigation and How to Use a Chart SeminarsWe are combing two seminars into one presentation! Maximize your time and earn two seminar credits that can be used towards your Inland Navigator certificate. This is also a great review for students wishing to take Piloting or Advanced Piloting in the future. If you’ve already taken Piloting, this would be a perfect refresher before starting Advanced Piloting January 9th.
You will learn practical techniques to plan, navigate, and check your progress on the water. Modern marine electronics like GPS and Chartplotters, combined with a little education, will make you a better captain and crew member.
These seminars will enable you to using nautical charts to determine safe routes and create waypoints in GPS devices. We also teach basic electronic navigation and planning using the free downloadable OpenCPN software. This seminar is a great foundation for advanced courses that teach piloting and celestial navigation skills.
The student kit includes the Introduction to Navigation booklet with integrated discussion to the instructor PowerPoint classroom presentation, including directions to download navigation charts and OpenCPN software.

What's Included?
• Nautical charts
• Waypoint navigation using a chartplotter
• Navigation planning using OpenCPN software
• Navigation while underway
• What to do when things go wrong
Monday, 8 January, 7-10PM at Peace Church in St. Louis Park. Instructor: John Raby$46Sign Up
Advanced PilotingYou successfully completed Piloting so let’s build on those skills before they get rusty! Join us to gain coastal and inland navigation skills, this time in situations of unfamiliar waters, limited visibility, and extended cruises. GPS is embraced as a primary navigation tool while adding radar, chart plotters, and other electronic navigation tools. This is a fun course to do as a small group in a classroom setting. If you miss a course or two due to work or other commitments—don’t sweat it. You can do some of the sessions on your own time.
Tuesdays, 9 Jan through 13 Mar, 1900-2100 at Peace Church (St. Louis Park). Instructor: Rob GoltzBase Materials Fee: $65
May be purchased at class: Weekend Navigator: $20 /
Chart Plotter: $17
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America's Boating Course (Winter) - Open to PublicThis introductory course helps boaters understand the required topics that are needed to meet state approved course requirements. This material covers rules of the road, required safety equipment, navigation aids, lights and sounds, anchoring, communications, adverse conditions, water sports safety, trailering, personal water craft safety, local and federal laws, knots and lines. This course is considered the first step in joining the Minnetonka Power Squadron, so if you know of people considering membership, refer them to this course.
Mondays, February 12 - March 12 7:00-9:00PM at Peace Church (St. Louis Park). Instructor: Dr. Don Duncan$30Sign Up
America's Boating Course (Spring)- Open to the PublicThis introductory course helps boaters understand the required topics that are needed to meet state approved course requirements. This material covers rules of the road, required safety equipment, navigation aids, lights and sounds, anchoring, communications, adverse conditions, water sports safety, trailering, personal water craft safety, local and federal laws, knots and lines. This course is considered the first step in joining the Minnetonka Power Squadron, so if you know of people considering membership, refer them to this course.Tuesdays, April 17 through May 15 - 7:00-9:00PM at Peace Church (St. Louis Park). Instructor: Dr. Don Duncan$30Sign Up
Inland Navigator Starter KitThe starter kit includes a copy of "Start Boating Right" and a "passport" to record your progress towards earning an Inland Navigator Certificate. Your passport will be signed by appropriate certifiers as you complete a skill, course, or seminar. For courses, seminars and skill demonstrations completed before the issuing of the passport, the Squadron Education Officer (SEO) or certifier can sign the appropriate spaces based on national or squadron records. It is important for the member to keep a passport and for squadron certifiers to keep back-up records of these events until entered into the National database.N/A$50Sign Up
Using VHF and VHF/DSC Marine Radio SeminarVHF radio is the mainstay of marine communication and essential for emergency communications. Digital Selective Calling (DSC) is rapidly becoming a reality as more Coast Guard Rescue 21 System operations go live. This seminar explains basic VHF operation along with the operation of the new DSC radio, MMSI numbers, making emergency calls, and radio selection. A handy waterproof McGraw-Hill Captains' Quick Guide Using VHF is included with the seminar price and is essential information that you should have aboard.
Tuesday, 12 December, 7PM at Peace Church in St. Louis Park. Instructor: Tim Levens$25Closed
PilotingPiloting is the first of the navigational classes focusing on techniques for piloting a boat in coastal and inland conditions. There is a ton of great content and value here, and of all the courses in the USPS curriculum, many agree that Piloting is the one course you can’t miss. The course emphasizes planning and checking along with the use of GPS for determining position, and introduces digital charting along with traditional charting, compass and dead reckoning skills. Plotting, labeling, use of the compass, aids to navigation and a host of related topics are included in this all-new approach to coastal and inland piloting. The Student Kit includes the Student Manual, the Plotting and Labeling Guide and instructions for downloading, installing and using OpenCPN, a marine navigation program that is state-of-the-art and in wide use by commercial and recreational boating enthusiasts. Monday, October 9 - Monday, December 11 at Peace Church (St. Louis Park)$55Closed
Man Overboard SeminarThis seminar is designed to teach boaters how to calmly react and then recover a crewmember or passenger who accidentally falls overboard. The seminar covers vessel set-up and man overboard (MOB) equipment as well as maneuvering to keep the rescuer close to the person in the water. It also covers the responsibility of the person in the water.
Tuesday, May 30, 7:00-9:00PM at Peace Church (St. Louis Park)$13Closed
America's Boating Course (Spring)- Open to the PublicThis introductory course helps boaters understand the required topics that are needed to meet state approved course requirements. This material covers rules of the road, required safety equipment, navigation aids, lights and sounds, anchoring, communications, adverse conditions, water sports safety, trailering, personal water craft safety, local and federal laws, knots and lines. This course is considered the first step in joining the Minnetonka Power Squadron, so if you know of people considering membership, refer them to this course.
Mondays, May 1 - May 29 7:00-9:00PM at Peace Church (St. Louis Park)$35Closed
Sail Trim SeminarConsider attending this two-hour seminar if you: 1) Haven’t sailed recently and are feeling rusty about sail adjustment, or 2) Are worried about looking like a novice on a friend’s sailboat this summer if they ask you to crew, or just want to 3) Feel comfortable with sails in perfect conditions, but would like more information about non-optimal conditions.
Tuesday, May 9, 7:00-9:00PM at Peace Church (St. Louis Park)$13Closed
Using GPS SeminarJoin us to learn how GPS on the water is different than the GPS in your car, and how to relate the GPS to your charts. GPS helps provide essential information about what is around you. We’ll teach you how to store waypoints, share tips on what to look for in a new GPS if you don’t have one, and if it’s time to upgrade. Besides, when is it not a good time to get new electronics?!
Tuesday, April 25, 7:00-9:00 PM at Peace Church (St. Louis Park)$13Closed
SeamanshipSeamanship presents material applicable to both power and sail, covering general topics such as the construction and functioning of a boat, the skipper’s responsibilities, preparing the boat for use, handling and maneuvering a vessel under various conditions in close quarters and on the open water, rules of the road, anchoring, emergencies, and marlinespike/basic knots. (This class is a requirement for members wishing to have an island sticker).
Mondays, March 20-April 24, 7:00- 9:00PM at Peace Church (St. Louis Park)
$55Closed
Emergency On Board SeminarThis seminar is designed to prepare the prudent skipper for those unfortunate situations involving accidents and emergencies on board. It will provide the skipper with the information to prepare adequately for common emergencies and how to actually deal with them when they occur. Topics such as preventing accidents, running aground, fire, getting lost, towing, medical conditions, as well as other often-encountered emergencies are covered. The seminar comes with the Emergencies on Board Quick Guide—a handy reference to use in responding to emergency situations.Thursday, March 9, 8:00-10:00PM$13Closed
America's Boating Course (Winter) - Open to Public
This introductory course helps boaters understand the required topics that are needed to meet state approved course requirements. This material covers rules of the road, required safety equipment, navigation aids, lights and sounds, anchoring, communications, adverse conditions, water sports safety, trailering, personal water craft safety, local and federal laws, knots and lines. This course is considered the first step in joining the Minnetonka Power Squadron, so if you know of people considering membership, refer them to this course.
Tuesdays, February 28 - March 28 7:00-9:00PM at Peace Church (St. Louis Park)$35Closed
Advanced PilotingYou successfully completed Piloting so let’s build on those skills before they get rusty! Join us to gain coastal and inland navigation skills, this time in situations of unfamiliar waters, limited visibility, and extended cruises. GPS is embraced as a primary navigation tool while adding radar, chart plotters, and other electronic navigation tools. This is a fun course to do as a small group in a classroom setting. If you miss a course or two due to work or other commitments—don’t sweat it. You can do some of the sessions on your own time.
Mondays, 9 Jan through 13 Mar, 1900-2100 at Peace Church (St. Louis Park)Base Materials Fee: $52
May be purchased at class: Weekend Navigator: $20 /
Chart Plotter: $17
Closed
Engine MaintenanceThis course covers repairs that do-it-yourselfers can perform, but the primary emphasis is on teaching you how to diagnose problems that might be beyond your ability to fix, and how to share that information with your mechanic so the right repairs get performed. Gasoline inboards, outboards, and diesel engines are taught in a way that reinforces the common aspects of how engines work.
Tuesdays, January 31-Feb 28, 6:30- 9:30PM at Peace Church (St. Louis Park)$47Closed
Basic Weather Forecasting Seminarhe safety and comfort of those who venture out on the water have always been weather dependent. This seminar is a must for boaters who have never taken a weather course. Topics include: Air Masses and Fronts, Winds, Storms, Clouds and Thunderstorms, Fog and Forecasting.
Tuesday, January 17, 7:00-9:00PM at Peace Church (St. Louis Park)$13Closed
Boat Handling Under Power SeminarThis seminar shows boaters how to depart and dock under a variety of conditions as well as all about trimming the boat underway. The seminar materials include a waterproof USPS Captain's Quick Guide and Student Notes.Tuesday, January 10, 7:00-9:00PM at Peace Church (St. Louis Park)$13Closed
Border Crossing SeminarThere is some great boating so close to us in Canada. If you’ve considered exploring the Great Lakes by boat, you may find your best launch is from a Canadian marina. So what do you have to know to take your boat across the border? What should you expect the crossing agent to ask you? We’ll also discuss the programs and documentation you’ll need to ease your crossing into Canadian, Mexican, or Bahamian waters.
Thursday, February 9, 7:00-9:00PM via Online Webinar (Take this seminar from the comfort of your home) - Webinar info to be sent to you prior to event.$13Closed