Upcoming Education Classes

Knowledge + Skills = Confidence


Marine Navigation (Piloting)

Materials Fee: $110
Dates: Tuesdays @ 7:00 PM, Feb 8 - April 12
Location: Water Patrol HQ, 4141 Shoreline Drive, Spring Park

Marine Navigation, formerly Piloting, is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning. Ten classes of two hours each normally are scheduled for presentation of this course. In addition the students have seven days to complete the open book, take home exam.

Topics covered include:

  • Charts and their interpretation
  • Navigation aids and how they point to safe water
  • Plotting courses and determining direction and distance
  • The mariner’s compass and converting between True and Magnetic
  • Use of GPS – typical GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS route.
  • Pre-planning safe courses and entering them into the GPS
  • Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning
  • The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course.

For more information contact the Minnetonka Power Squadron Education Officer at  education@minnetonkaps.org


Americas Boating Course (Spring); Face-to-Face Version

Materials Fee: 35
Dates: Weekly on Mondays 7:00 - 9:00 PM, April 11 - May 9
Location: Water Patrol HQ, 4141 Shoreline Drive, Spring Park

This boat safety course is designed for boaters using all types of watercraft. Upon successful completion of the course and the exam, you will earn your state boating card.

This material covers:

  • Rules of the road
  • Required safety equipment
  • Navigation aids
  • Lights and sounds
  • Anchoring
  • Communications
  • Adverse conditions
  • Water sports safety
  • Trailering
  • Personal watercraft safety
  • State and local regulations
  • 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.


Engine Maintenance

Materials Fee: $65
Dates: Weekly 2/7/22 - 4/4/22 , 7-9 PM
Location: Online

Modern engines offer high reliability and good performance through the use of computerized systems for fuel delivery and engine timing. Most of these systems are “black boxes” that can no longer be serviced by weekend mechanics with ordinary tools. The EM course covers those repairs that do-it-yourselfers can still perform, teaches how to diagnose problems that might be beyond your ability to fix, and how to share information with your mechanic so the right repairs get performed. The Engine Maintenance course also covers basic mechanical systems such as drive systems (propellers), steering systems, and engine controls. The last chapter discusses solutions you might use to problems that could occur while afloat and away from a repair facility. Gasoline, diesel, and outboard engines are treated independently in this chapter.

On-line Courses and Seminars

America's Boating Club offers a number of informative and educational on-line courses and seminars. Please explore these opportunities to learn!

Vessel Safety Examiner Certification

Members of America's Boating Club are encouraged to become Vessal Safety Examiners (VSC).  The VSC program helps to boaters achieve voluntary compliance with federal and state recreational boating safety laws, particularly regarding helping ensure boaters have the necessary safety equipment. It also raises boaters' awareness of safety issues through one-on-one inspection of the owner's boat by volunteer vessel examiners.  This service is a fundemental part of what our boating club is all about.  If you are interested in becoming part of the Vessal Safety Examiner team, please the "Learn More" button below or contact the Minnetonka Power Squadron Administrative Officer at  administrative@minnetonkaps.org to get more information.