Upcoming Education Classes

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Boat Handling

Boat Handling (Seamanship)

Materials Fee: $55 (Members), $75 (Non Members)
Dates: Weekly, Oct 18, 2021 - Nov 29, 2021, 7 - 9 PM
Location: Water Patrol HQ (4141 Shoreline Dr, Spring Park) and Online via Zoom

Boat Handling, formerly Seamanship, is scheduled for the Fall 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


Marine Naviation (Piloting)

Materials Fee: $110
Dates: TBD (Postponed)
Location: In Person and Online via Zoom

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 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

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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.