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 (email@example.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.
- 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. Student Guide in e-book (pdf) format available on request.
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 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.
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information.