Member Classes

hese classes are for members only.

Unless specified otherwise, location for all courses is the squadron classrooms provided by 
Bayport Marina, Bayport MN or alternate location specified by our Education Officer and begin at 7pm.

Please Contact Dave West, AP, Education Officer:  dwest@voyager.net


 

Description Offerings
Seamanship (Boat Handling):

Building on the basics of recreational boating presented in the public boating course, adds foundational information for continuing boater education. The course contents should facilitate knowledge development for increased safe operation of recreational boats and provide the basis for completion of USCG licensing examination. Emphasis within the course has been placed on higher level boating skills, rules of the road, and marlinspike. Course material includes One Minute Rules of the Road by Charlie Wing. Non-members cost $120.00.

Date and Time: Register to advise educational officer of your interest
Location: Bayport Marina Clubhouse Member cost: $60.00
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Piloting:
Advanced Piloting (Coastal Navigation):

Builds on inland navigation, allowing the student to take on more challenging conditions – unfamiliar waters, limited visibility, and extended cruises. GPS is again embraced as a primary navigation tool while adding radar, chart plotters, and other electronic navigation tools. Topics covered include: advanced positioning techniques, hazard avoidance techniques using electronics, collision avoidance with radar and GPS, working with tides and current, and plotting with wind and current.

Date and Time: Register to advise SEO of your interest
Location: Register to advise SEO of your interest $55 w/o Weekend Navi
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Junior Navigation (Off-shore Navigation):

You are now twenty plus miles off shore and familiar navigation aids are no longer available. You will learn how to use celestial objects such as the sun as a reference point. This course will cover offshore navigation electronic tools and software, special charts and plotting sheets for offshore navigation, precise time determination, use of the Nautical Almanac, taking sextant sights of the sun, reducing sights to establish lines of position, and off shore navigational routines for recreational craft. Squadron will supple sextants for students use.

Date and Time: Register to advise Education Officer you want to take this course
Location: Bayport Marina Clubhouse Public cost: $82.00
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Navigation (Ocean Navigation):

This final course on navigation prepares you for the challenge of ocean travel from planning the voyage, creating waypoints and optimizing your route, creating and maintaining a Navigator’s Notebook, sights on the moon, stars and planets, and monitoring your position to insure your electronics are working properly. Course material includes the software programs Visual Passage Planner 2 (VPP2) and MapTech Cap’n including all electronic charts published by NOAA.

Date and Time: Please contact our SEO if you are interested in this course
Location: Bayport Marina Clubhouse Public cost: $155.00
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Cruise Planning:

Designed for members who plan to cruise for just a day or for a year – in either a sail or powerboat – this course covers the following topics: cruise preparation and planning, boat and equipment, anchors and anchoring, security, chartering, cruising outside the United States, crew and provisioning, voyage management, communications, navigation, weather, and emergencies. Includes a twelve-month cruise planning timeline.

Date and Time: 8 weeks - register to advise Education Officer you want to take this course
Location: Bayport Marina Clubhouse Public cost: $40.00
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Engine Maintenance:

Stresses the diagnosis of modern systems, while also teaching the basics of engine layout and operation. Gasoline inboards, outboards, and diesel engines are taught in a way that reinforces the common aspects of how engines work. Modern engines offer high reliability and good performance through the use of computerized systems for fuel delivery and engine timing. Most of these systems are ‘black boxes’ that can on longer be services by weekend mechanics with ordinary tools. The course covers those repairs that do-it-yourselfers can still perform, teaches how to diagnose problems that might be beyond your ability to fix, and how to share information with your mechanic so the right repairs get preformed. The course also covers basic mechanical systems such as drive systems, steering systems, and engine controls.

Date and Time: 6 weeks - click to advise Educational Officer you want to take this course
Location: Bayport Marina Clubhouse Public cost: $50.00
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Marine Communication Systems:

Delves into radio waves and transmitters, receivers and transceivers, antennas and transmission line, FCC Rules and Regulations, FCC Frequency Plan, marine radiotelephone operating procedures, and other communication services (PIRB / DCS / GMDSS), amateur radio, and satellite communications.

Date and Time: 6 weeks - NEW COURSE to be released soon
Location: Bayport Marina Clubhouse Public cost: $17.00
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Marine Electrical Systems:

Covers the practice of wiring your boat, including boat electrical wiring practices and diagrams, direct and alternating current power, galvanic and stray current corrosion, and lightning protection. Troubleshooting is emphasized throughout, so students should feel comfortable performing even tricky wiring tasks.

Date and Time: 6 weeks - register to advise Education Officer you want to take this course
Location: Bayport Marina Clubhouse Public cost: $50.00
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Marine Electronic Systems:

Presents information on depth sounders, RADAR, LORAN-C, GPS Navigation, Electronic Charting and computer-assisted navigation.

Date and Time: 6 weeks - NEW COURSE to be released soon
Location: Bayport Marina Clubhouse Public cost: $55.00
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Weather:

The safety and comfort of those who venture out-on-the-water have always been weather dependent. In this course students will learn what the sky has to say and how to use weather observations in the context of the basic principles of meteorology.

Date and Time: 10 weeks - register to advaise Education Officer you want to take this course
Location: Bayport Marina Clubhouse Public cost: $63.00
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Instructor Development:

Don’t let the title scare you. This course is not only meant to prepare our members for classroom and meeting presentations but will also help you in your professional endeavors.

Our educational program is highly-regarded in the recreational boating community. We believe our program should offer the highest quality materials and instructors.

In cooperation with the States Boating Law Administrators, USPS has developed this course to prepare our members to be ‘certified instructors’ in safe boating education. Its emphasis is on enhancing your presentation skills and is designed to demonstrate interactive teaching methods focused on adult learning. 

Date and Time: Contact the educational officer to schedule this class.
Location: Bayport Marina Clubhouse Public cost: $24.00
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Sail:

Sail is a complete sail course beginning with basic boat designs, rigging and sail processes for the non-sailor.  The course proceeds into the physical aspects of sailing, sail applications, marlinespike, helmsmanship, and handling of more difficult sailing conditions, navigation rules, and an introduction to heavy weather sailing.

 

Date and Time: 6 weeks - register to advise Education Officer you want to take this course
Location: Bayport Marina Clubhouse Public cost: $50.00
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Practical On The Water Training:

This is an eight hour seminar with the perfect combination of classroom training and hands-on On-The-Water training. It provides an explanation of how your boat handles and why. Video clips let you visualize the maneuvers prior to your experiencing them on the water. It covers use of lines, departing the dock, operating in a fairway, pivoting, mooring, backing, docking, steering - slalom, holding course - range, and a quick stop.

Each student receives a copy of Powerboat Handling Illustrated, a DVD, a Student Manual, and a certificate acknowledging his/her training.

Date and Time: Variable. Contact Squadron Education Officer or Register here for interest
Location: Multiple. Contact SEO Dave West at DWest@voyager.net Member cost: $150.00 Public cost: $200.00
Not Scheduled
Americas Boating Course - ABC open to Public - April 20 through May 18:

Please contact Dave West for cost and

registration information

DWest@voyager.net or call 651-429-3840

 

Date and Time: Thursday nights April 20th through May 18th. 7-9 pm
Location: New Life Church, 6000 148th Street North, Hugo, MN 55308 Public cost: $35.00
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Vessel Safety Check - Bayport Marina:

 

Saturday June, 10th - 9 to Noon 

2017 Vessel Safety Check day at Bayport Marina, Bayport, MN

Come  and support your Vessel Examiners - Members are invited to help talk about boating safety, education and membership to our Squadron

 

Date and Time: Jun 10th - 9 to Noon
Location: Bayport Marina - Bayport MN
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