Upcoming Education Classes

Knowledge + Skills = Confidence


Marine Navigation (Piloting)

Course Fee & Plotting Tools: $80
Dates: Dec 1 - Feb 9 (Tuesdays) at 7:00 PM
Location: Online Webinar
Course Chairman: Russ Straate (rstraate@gmail.com)

This course provides training on how to navigate your boat across various bodies of water and helps ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. The course will teach you the essentials of safe coastal cruising and inland navigation using basic GPS along with traditional dead reckoning techniques.

Topics Include:

  • Interpreting nautical charts
  • Landmarks and aids to navigation
  • Plotting courses
  • Compass headings
  • Use of GPS and computer-based tools
  • Monitoring progress

Course fee includes printed Student Guide, Weekend Navigator book, and required plotting tools.

For Late Registration, please contact Mitch Anderson (mitch_anderson@yahoo.com)


America's Boating Course - Online Option

Materials Fee: $34.95
Dates: Any time
Location: Your Computer

This introductory course helps boaters understand the required topics needed to meet MN-approved course requirements. We will review 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 gaining island use access for new members, so if you are considering membership and want to use the island on Lake Minnetonka, this course is for you!  This course is also perfect if you are a new boat owner or just want to freshen up your knowledge and become a more confident boater.


Boat Handling (formerly Seamanship)

Materials: Fee: $67.50
Dates: Any time
Location: Your computer

Boat Handling, formerly Seamanship, is now available on-line.  This is the course that is necessary for all members who want to have Minnetonka Island Privileges.   Any members who want to have Island Privileges need to take this before the start of the third summer of their membership so that they can get island use stickers.  Please consider taking this online class.  We will be working to have a class room session once the COVID situation allows us to make that happen.

Boat Handing is a full course offered by the United States Power Squadron's, America’s Boating Club. It is the replacement for the recently retired Seamanship course. This online, self-study version consists of a comprehensive 250-page PDF Student Guide and six fully narrated online modules which present like classroom PowerPoint presentations but give the student total control of the pace and sequence of the slides.

The six modules in Boat handling are:
  • Rules of the Road:  A Practical Approach
  • Confidence in Docking and  Undocking: Slow-Speed Maneuvering
  • Boating with Confidence:  Handling Your Boat Under Way
  • Anchoring with Assurance:  Don’t Get Carried Away
  • Emergencies on Board:  Preparation for Handling Common Problems
  • Knots and Line Handling:  Knots You Need to Know
Members of America's Boating Club who take this online course and pass the online exam will get credit for Boat Handling the same as if they had taken the course in a classroom setting.  Many boat insurance companies offer savings for America's Boating Club courses.
For more information contact the Minnetonka Power Squadron Education Officer at  education@minnetonkaps.org
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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.