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


Seminar Description Schedule
Using GPS: Member cost: $35.00 - Non-member cost: $45.00

 GPS Seminar MaterialsUsing GPS

GPS has become a common tool for navigation. However using GPS on the water is distinctly different from a moving map display in your car. This seminar explains the principles of waypoint navigation which you will use. It then shows you how to relate the GPS to your charts which provide essential information about what is around you.

The seminar also shows you how to operate your GPS – what the buttons do, what the screens show, and how to access the functions you need. A handheld GPS is used as the demonstration model, but all GPS receivers function similarly. By the time you have completed the seminar, you will be able to store waypoints into your GPS, activate them for navigation, and use GPS to keep you on a safe, prequalified course of your choosing. You’ll also get some tips for choosing a GPS if you don’t currently own one.


Location: West Marine
976 Big Beaver
Troy, MI
Date and Time: 2017-11-11
Start Time: 0930
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Mastering the Rules of the Road: Member cost: $35.00 - Non-member cost: $45.00

Mastering the Rules of the Road

This seminar provides an explanation with examples of the 37 Rules of the Road for both the U.S. Inland Rules and the International Rules (COLREGS). It simplifies the sometimes complex law relating to boat operation for the recreational boater. It is a starting point for study preparation for the USCG License examination.

This seminar includes McGraw-Hill's The One Minute Guide to the Nautical Rules of the Road by Charlie Wing and Student Notes with slides.


Location: Great Lakes Yacht Club, 28300 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores
Date and Time: 2017-11-18
Start Time: 0900
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Automatic Identification System electronics aren’t just for commercial vessels. Using AIS can help you navigate crowded waterways easily and safely.

With AIS marine electronics onboard, you can identify potential dangers and quickly make decisions on the water. Many systems share your boat’s information with other boats so they can also make better, safer boating decisions.

In this course, you will learn what AIS does, how it works, whether you need an AIS system, how AIS is different from RADAR, how to use AIS to navigate more safely and what to consider when integrating AIS with your existing electronics.

Location: Great Lakes Yacht Club, 28300 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores
Date and Time: 9-11 a.m.
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