Upcoming Education Classes

Knowledge + Skills = Confidence


Boat Handling (formerly Seamanship)

Materials: Fee: $65
Dates: ON HOLD
Location: PENDING (may offer online version)

**This course meets the requirements for existing Minnetonka Squadron members working to maintain island use privileges**

Boat Handling is structured as six seminars: Rules of the Road, Confidence in Docking, Handling Your Boat Underway, Anchoring, Emergencies on Board, and Knots and Line Handling. Boat Handling is the next course to take if you’ve already taken an introductory boating class such as America’s Boating Course. For more information email rstraate@gmail.com

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Advanced Piloting

Materials Fee: $65
Weekend Navigator: $20 / Chart Plotter: $17 (if needed)
Dates: Tuesdays, Feb 25 through April 21, 7-9 PM
Location: YMCA Ridgedale (MOVED ONLINE)  
Course Chair: Russ Straate (rstraate@gmail.com)

You 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.


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.


Inland Navigator Starter Kit

Materials Fee: $50

The 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. To learn more about on-the-water certifications, check out the national website.


Free two-hour on-the-water boat handling seminar

Dates: Customized to your schedule

If you’ve just purchased a new boat, or upgraded to a larger vessel, our instructors are available to give you personalized on-the-water training--right on your own boat! This free service is available to both Squadron members and the general public.