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Classes offerred by the Detroit Power Squadron

America’s Boating Course
Detroit Power Squadron does not have any classes offered at this time.
A Fall Class for “America’s Boating Course” is being reviewed by The Bridge Officers.

Boat Handling & Marine Navigation
Grosse Pointe Commander Rose Stano, AP announced that Grosse Pointe will conduct a Boat Handling and Marine Navigation course September 26, 2022. Known as the old seamanship and piloting classes, (313)-744-7274 is their contact number for any inquiries.

For other classes being offered in the Metro Detroit Area – Click the “Course & Seminar Finder” in the section below – Enter your Zip Code to find classes near you !

Canadian Boating – Pleasure Craft Operator Card
America’s Boating Club Birmingham is hosting a course wherein attendees will earn a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC).  The PCOC is required for boat trips in Canada lasting 45 days or more.  The course will cover equipment requirements, Canadian buoys, safety regulations and more.  While this is a public course, a direct invitation has been extended to our club.

The two night course will be held at the Great Lakes Yacht Club on October 19 and October 26.  Registration is required.  Course fee is $75.00. The official flyer is attached. Those interested should register directly on the BPS website/Courses page.


P/C Vince Cooley, AP
Temp Squadron Educational Officer (SEO)
Email = htvac@yahoo.com


USPS National Course Finder

For more Information on Courses & Seminars held by other squadrons in your area, click the following link, select the class you wish to take, & insert your zip code into the search box, and explore all the educational possibilities within America’s Boating Club !
Course & Seminar Finder

Where Do I Start?

Since we offer a wide range of courses and seminars, you have lots of choices. You can take advantage of any course or seminar you want. Need help? We can help you decide where to start. Read on.

If you are a beginning boater, you might want to start with America’s Boating Course (ABC) or Seamanship. ABC will also fulfill your state’s requirement for an approved boating course so you can legally operate a boat. Seamanship goes further, and gives you a fuller understanding of boating knowledge and techniques.

If you are interested in getting around on longer trips, then you’ll want to take our in-depth piloting and navigation courses. You should take them in order: Piloting and then Advanced Piloting for making your way in charted waters like large lakes, bays, and near shore gulf and ocean boating. Also you may be interested in electronic navigation tools with our Electronic Navigation course. If you want even more, then learn celestial navigation with our Junior Navigation and Navigation courses, aimed at offshore long-distance boating.

If you have a boat, or if you are thinking of getting one, you’ll want one of our operations and maintenance courses: Engine Maintenance, Marine Electrical Systems, or Marine Communication Systems.

Want to know more about Weather, Sail boating, or Cruise Planning? We have those, too. Check out all our courses, on the left.

Want your education in short, quick hits? Take some of our many seminars in a wide range of topics. Categories include boat handling, navigation, facing the environment, safety, techniques, and hands-on training. Explore more in Seminars !