Course Schedule

UPCOMING EDUCATION

We are kicking off spring with an ABC Course at West Marine in Grand Rapids.  Volunteers are encouraged to stop by and lend support.  The ABC course is currently scheduled:

West Marine
2975 28th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI  49512

Tuesday, March 27       7:15 to 9:00 pm
Tuesday, April 3            7:15 to 9:00 pm
Tuesday, April 10          7:15 to 9:00 pm
Tuesday, April 17          7:15 to 9:00 pm

Course offerings are also offered along the lakeshore by demand.

The USPS education department is also updating the names of their advanced courses to more closely reflect the content of the courses.  Look for these changes to take place in the near future.

OLD NAME NEW NAME
Seamanship Boat Handling
Piloting Marine Navigation
Advanced Piloting Advanced Marine Navigation
Junior Navigation Offshore Navigation
Navigation Celestial Navigation

Boat Handling includes:

  1. Rules of the Road – A practical approach
  2. Confidence in Docking and Undocking – Slow Speed Maneuvering
  3. Boating with Confidence – Handling Your Boat Underway
  4. Anchoring with Assurance – Don’t Get Carried Away
  5. Emergencies on Board – Preparation for Handling Common Problems
  6. Knots and Line Handling – The Knots You Need to Know

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