Upcoming Education Classes

Knowledge + Skills = Confidence


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: $65.00
Dates: March 23 - May 4, 2021
Location: American Legion Wayzata

Boat Handling, formerly Seamanship, is scheduled for the Spring of 2021. This course is necessary for all members who want to have Minnetonka Island Privileges. You must complete Boat Handling before the start of the third summer of your membership to qualify for an island use sticker.
Boat Handing is intended for newer recreational boaters who have completed a basic boating class (i.e. Americas's Boating Course) and want to learn more about skilled boat handling in a variety of situations. It is offered as a complete course covering six topics.
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
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.

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Weather (WX) for Boaters

Course Fee: $60.00 (members), $75.00 (non-members)
Dates: Weekly on Monday evenings
- Part 1: March 1st - March 29th, 2021
- Part 2: Nov. 1st - Nov 29th, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Online Webinar


Weather makes the difference between a great day and a lousy day on the water. Recognize and prepare for whatever weather comes your way. Learn to recognize the early signs of changing weather; how to anticipate storms, squalls, fog, and wind shifts; and become familiar with basic weather elements and how they affect your boating experience.

The course is a general weather course that includes topics of particular interest to boaters. It is designed to be taught in 10 sessions with a closed book exam at the end.

This course also qualifies as a required course towards your Boat Operator Certification (BOC) program, specifically Coastal Navigation Certification.  BOC recognizes the skills of USPS members at different levels of recreational boating proficiency. A certified boat operator will represent the fulfillment of a USPS training program: an operator who is knowledgeable, competent and safe.