boating classes

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Gasman, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. Gasman

    Gasman Member

    78
    May 30, 2015
    Great Lakes
    2001 29' sun dancer sold
    2000 340 sundancer
    Twin 5.0 mercruiser
    7.1 v-drives
    hello family i have a question for you guys.... when i bought my first boat 4 years ago i signed up for the power squadrons Americas Boating Course but i didn't finish the course due to work issues.... i plan on taking the class again.. is there any other classes you guys suggest i take...
     
  2. QT1

    QT1 Member

    356
    Oct 20, 2016
    Belair, MD
    1988 300 Weekender, "Quality Time".
    5.7 Mercruisers, Avon rib w/ Yamaha 4 Stroke
    You haven't sunk or damaged your boat by running into submerged debris, I would say you are doing well. Even though I didn't have to take the Boaters Safety Course here in Maryland, I did and it was worth it. https://www.boat-ed.com/michigan/
     
  3. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I'm a firm believer that you gain a lot more by taking a boating class in a classroom setting than you would online. The simple exchange of information between the people in the class is priceless.
     
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  4. lawndoctor

    lawndoctor Member SILVER Sponsor

    328
    Jun 5, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay & Philadelphia
    2009 330 Sundancer & 2002 225 Weekender
    8.1L V-Drives & Bravo III 5.0L
    Couldn’t have said it better. The Power Squadron offers a variety of courses beyond the initial course. I have taken a number of them, and not only is the course work great but the exchange of stories and practical experience with the others in the classroom is invaluable. I would highly recommend joining your local Power Squadron and taking some of their classes.
     
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  5. M Prod

    M Prod Active Member SILVER Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    420
    Oct 6, 2017
    North Vancouver, BC
    2005 Sundancer 340
    Aquapro Dinghy w/ Honda 8hp
    Kohler 5KW Genny
    Raymarine Electronics
    8.1 Horizons /V Drives
    This
     
  6. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    This class isn't for you....well, I guess it could be in the long run. Look into the PS Skipper Saver Course. My wife took it and even though she could handle our boat it taught her things I forgot about. She claims it really upped her confidence level.

    Shawn
     
  7. PatSea

    PatSea Member

    54
    Aug 9, 2008
    Lake Erie
    boatless
    boatless
    I also suggest the Power Squadron courses. I would suggest the next course in the series which is Seamanship, then Piloting where you learn to navigate by plotting courses, both manually on charts on nav software. Also, the Power Squadron has a very good weather course
     
  8. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    The last time I insured the 280 (boat policy), the agent asked if I had taken any courses. My answer was, "well yeah, but it was a really long time ago." She asked if I still had the certificate, because they somehow consider a class I took a long time ago = to experience! It provided a decent discount IIRC.
     
  9. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    I got my Captain's license, 50 Ton Master 8 years ago and for someone who has been on the water all of his adult life, I was amazed at how much I didn't know.... Whether you follow through with obtaining your license is up to, but the information in the course is great.
     
  10. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    That was my experience just with the CGA course! I went in with complete arrogance - especially after enduring a few of those courtesy inspections performed by people who appeared to have never stepped foot aboard a boat before.

    I had never realized there was such a thing as a "preferred channel buoy". It was a subtlety that had escaped me and my ego took a few well-deserved knocks for that.

    Another skill though, was the "throw the loop" technique to throw a line around a piling. Once I perfected that, my ego was back in full-force.

    Thank-you CGA!
     
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  11. potis

    potis Member

    101
    Oct 15, 2006
    San Ramon, CA
    2000 340 DA Sundancer
    "Soggy Dollar"
    7.4L V-Drives
    Agree, agree agree. Also, if you do end up taking a course, notify your insurance company. You will likely get a discount. We get 10% discount through our carrier.
     
  12. Gasman

    Gasman Member

    78
    May 30, 2015
    Great Lakes
    2001 29' sun dancer sold
    2000 340 sundancer
    Twin 5.0 mercruiser
    7.1 v-drives
    Thanks I will be taking the couse.... what does the seamanship course consist of????
     
  13. SCORPIO

    SCORPIO Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 7, 2008
    Delaware
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    Power Squadron basic boating for starters then seamanship at least. The more you learn the more you want to know. I ran out of time after Advance Piloting but someday want to take the celestial nav courses.
    USPS AP.
     

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