Upcoming Education Classes

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Boat Handling

Boat Handling (Seamanship)

Materials Fee: $65
Dates: Tuesdays, Oct 18 - Nov 29, 2022
Time: 7PM - 9PM
Location: Virtual Classroom (Zoom)

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

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.

Inland Navigator Certification

Materials Fee: $50

Inland Navigator is the first level of the BOC program. The focus is on basic powerboat operation and general boating knowledge. The Basic Powerboat Handling skills are the same skills included in the Hands-On Training (HOT) program.

By registering (click the button below) you will receive the IN Starter Kit which includes a copy of "Start Boating Right" and a passport to recored your progress towards the Inland Navigator Certificate. Your passport will be signed by your instructors as you complete a skill, course, or seminar.

Inland Navigator Requirements

  • Americas Boating Course
  • Boat Handling (Seamanship) Course
  • Marine Electrical Systems Course
  • How To Use a Chart Seminar (or Marine Navigation Course)
  • Basic Weather & Forecasting Seminar (Online)
  • Using Your GPS Seminar (or Marina Navigation Course)
  • Using VHF and VHF/DSC Marine Radio Seminar (Online)
  • Basic Powerboat Handling (OTW Training)
  • Use of Fire Extinguishers

Please contact Mitch Anderson (education@minnetonkaps.org) for more information.

Coastal Navigator Certification

Materials Fee: $50

Coastal Navigator (CN) is the second level of the BOC program. The focus is on coastal operation and coastal navigation. Inland Navigator certification is a prerequisite.

By registering (click the button below) you will receive the CN Starter Kit which includes a passport to record your progress towards the Coastal Navigator Certificate and a Marine Calculator. Your passport will be signed by your instructors as you complete a skill, course, or seminar.

Coastal Navigator Requirements

Please contact Mitch Anderson (education@minnetonkaps.org) for more information.