Our normal education courses are scheduled between September through April, with seminars all year. Check back for current schedules.

A variety of courses are offered by the Birmingham Power Squadron, both to the public and to our members.

Course Description Schedule
Basic Boating Course Compressed for a One Day class : - cost: $ 0.00

Americas Boating Course - 3rd Edition (ABC3:)

Learn the fundamentals of safe boat handling and operation plus basic piloting in this comprehensive classroom course. This newly revised course will give you the basics of line throwing, knot tying, boat handling, anchoring, navigation rules and aids, emergencies on the water and more.

Instructors have many years of boating experience shared on the Great Lakes and inland waters. Michigan laws and rules will be presented. This course is recommended because of its detailed course study. Completion of this course qualifies you for a FREE 6 month Power Squadron membership and the opportunity to take our advanced courses.

Successful completion of the course earns a MI DNR Boater Safety Card which is REQUIRED by EVERYONE born on or after July 1, 1996 to operate a boat legally in Michigan.

The Boater Safety Card is also REQUIRED by EVERYONE born

after December 31, 1978 to operate a Personal Water Craft such as a Jet Ski, Waverunner or Sea-Doo.

Course includes: 

  • Required Safety Equipment
  • Navigation Rules & Aids
  • Finding Your Way
  • Boat Registration
  • State of Michigan Watercraft Regulations
  • Lights and Sound signals

To Register, contact the Education Officer at



Location: Wilson Marine, 4440 Haggerty Road, Commerce Twp
Date and Time: One day only: Aug 12, 2017 9-5
Not Scheduled
Cruising and Cruise Planning : Member cost: $90.00 - Non-member cost: $140.00
Cruising and Cruise Planning
Course Includes:
  • Cruise Preparation and Planning
  • Boat & Needed Equipment
  • Chartering
  • Outside the United States
  • Crew Selection; Provisions
  • Voyage Managment; Navigation
  • Weather; Emergencies

    Minimum Registration:  6 students. Don't miss out:   Please register by September 14 to save a place. Former Students welcome.

Includes 18-20 class-hours of instruction, USPS Cruise Planning Course Student Guide

Location: Bloomfield Hills City Hall
Long Lake just East of Woodward
Date and Time: NEW DATE: 8 Thursdays, starting September 21, 7 pm to 9 pm
Non-member Registration Member Registration
Seamanship: Member cost: $85.00 - Non-member cost: $135.00


The Seamanship course is the next step after completing America’s Boating Course, 3rd Edition (ABC3), taking the knowledge and skills learned there and expanding and extending them with this newly updated edition.

Or, make Seamanship the first step into building boating confidence and competence for safe and fun on-the-water adventures. Seamanship presents material applicable to both power and sail, covering such topics as the construction and functioning of a boat, the skipper’s responsibilities, preparing the boat for use, handling and maneuvering a vessel under various conditions in close quarters and on the open water, rules of the road, anchoring, emergencies, and marlinespike/basic knots.

The Appendices cover boating into the waters of Canada and Mexico, the effects of weather on the boater’s health, and general information on obtaining a US Coast Guard captain’s license.

The manual includes the text and the One Minute Guide to the Nautical Rules of the Road by Charlie Wing or a downloadable US Coast Guard Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook

Location: TBD: Check back in the Fall
Date and Time:
Non-member Registration Member Registration



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