Upcoming Education Classes

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America's Boating Course - Interactive Online Version

Course Fee: $34.95
Dates: May 26 and June 9
Location: Online via Zoom

Get your State Boating Card and learn the skills you need for safe and enjoyable boating!

America’s Boating Club has been given the authorization to conduct the first ever Emergency Virtual Classroom and Online ABC-3 Boating Safety Course and Boating License Test, using via video conferencing technology (Zoom).  Students can enroll and take the ABC-3 course online at their leisure from home.

Take the finest NASBLA-recognized (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators) online Boating Safety course available, followed by a boating license test for boating certification.

Once the student is enrolled in the online course, the class materials, including homework answers and videos can be downloaded for offline reference.  Certified instructors will guide the students through the enrollment process and explain both content and all items necessary to complete the class.

The first session will be held via Zoom on May 26, 2020 at 6:30 pm.  Students will be e-mailed the link for the Zoom session.  Participants will receive a PIN to go online and continue the course from home.

The second Zoom session will be held on June 9, 2020 at 6:00 pm – prior to taking the online test.  Certified Instructors will review the four chapters that cover the test, and a Conservation Officer from the Minnesota DNR will go over our State laws.


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.

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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!


Boat Handling (formerly Seamanship)

Materials: Fee: $65
Dates: Cancelled ... Considering an on-line version Fall of 2020
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 contact the Minnetonka Power Squadron Education Officer at  education@minnetonkaps.org


Vessal 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.