Seminars

 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
Safe Boating in Canada: - cost: $45.00

 Safe Boating in Canada

This is the place to learn the Canadian laws and rules for safe boating.  Successful completion of the class results in obtaining a Pleasure Craft Operating Card(PCOC) that should always be aboard and accessible when travelling in Canadian waters.
What is covered in the course?
The course covers a full range of basic boating information such as:
  • ·         minimum safety equipment requirements required on board your boat;
  • ·         the Canadian Buoy system
  • ·         how to share waterways
  • ·         a review of all pertinent regulations
  • ·         responses to emergency situations
Location: Bloomfield Hills City Hall
45 E Long Lake Rd
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Date and Time: 2 evenings: 11/30 and 12/7 at 1900 (7 p.m.)
Register for this class
Navigation: Member cost: $150.00 - Non-member cost: $200.00

Navigation

This is the fifth and last of the Advanced Level courses. 
 
Course Covers:
  • Overview of the celestial bodies in the sky
  • Find local mean time of solar and lunar phenomena and convert to zone time
  • Taking sights and finding observed altitude, local hour, angle and declination
  • Sight Reduction and Plotting by Law of Cosines
  • Sight Reduction and Plotting by the Nautical Almanac
  • Sight Reduction Method Sight Planning
  • Emergency Navigation
  • Electronics and Software for Offshore Navigation
  • Plan an offshore voyage using both electronic and celestial positioning

Students will need possession of a Windows-based computer with the ability to  download Navigation software.

Includes approximately 33 class-hours of instruction and student manual

Prerequisite: JUNIOR NAVIGATION

Location: Anthony Franco Communications Center (Lower Level), 44555 Woodward Avenue, Ponti
Date and Time: Starting 26-February-2018 thru the first week in June. Time: 7-9:30 pm with site-taking in between class sessions.
Non-member Registration Member Registration
Advanced Piloting: Member cost: $100.00 - Non-member cost: $150.00

Advanced Piloting

This is the third of the Advanced Level courses.
 
Course Covers:
  • Electronic Navigation
  • GPS
  • Digital Charts
  • Plotters
  • Collision Avoidance
  • Radar
  • Positioning
  • Bearings
  • When Electronics Fail
  • Piloting with Tides, Winds & Currents
Incl. 20 class-hours of instruction, USPS Advanced Piloting Course Student Guide, “Weekend Navigator”
Prerequisite: PILOTING
Location: Bloomfield Hills City Hall
45 E Long Lake Rd
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Date and Time: Dates: March 28, 2018 thru the end of May Day: 1900 Wednesdays Time: 7-9:30 pm Please register to show interest
Non-member Registration Member Registration
Instructor Development: Member cost: $ 0.00 - Non-member cost: $50.00
Instructor Development Course CoverInstructor 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 career.
Our educational program is highly regarded in the recreational boating community.
In cooperation with the State Boating Law Administrators, USPS has developed this course to prepare our members to be certified instructors in safe boating education, including teaching the America's Boatins Class (ABC).

It's emphasis is on enhancing your presentational skills and is designed to demonstrate interactive teaching methods focused in adult learning.

This Course is FREE to all members!

Location: Bloomfield Hills City Hall
45 E Long Lake Rd
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Date and Time: Class to meet starting on 3/28/2018
at 1900 (7:00 pm)for 6 Wednesdays
Non-member Registration Member Registration
 
 

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