Grand Lake Sail and Power Squadron Education Department

Table of Contents

Courses Descriptions

           Introductory Boating Course (ABC3)
           Advanced Boating Courses
           Elective Courses
           Other Courses

Squadron Education Policy & Procedures

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Detailed Course Schedule

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Start Date

                                                                    Course Title

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Last Class Held: June 13, 2016

Next Class TBD

 

      Seamanship     

            The Seamanship course is a natural first/next step in building a foundation for confidence and competence for safe and enjoyable boating on the water. It extends the knowledge and skills of the boater in handling and maneuvering a vessel, either sail or power. The course provides a better understanding of how boats behave under various conditions including close quarters and open water operations. Knowledge and skills are increased in the areas of anchoring, emergencies, rules of the road, and marlinspike/basic knots. An On-The-Water component enhances the learning experience.  Successful completion of the course will also allow Grand Lake Sail and Power Squadron members to move to higher level courses and hold elective office                       

Roger Zinn, S at
918-676-3254

  This course is a five part series.  The first four nights are spent on the material with the fifth night a review and test.

         All classes at the GLA building will be held in the GLA board room except the classes indicated by an "GLA*". Those classes will be in the Chamber of Commerce meeting room.  

     The sessions begin at   6:00 pm and usually end at 8:30 pm

     GLA is the Grand Lake Association building at 9630 Hwy 59 N, Grove Ok

Pre-registration is required

         The course cost includes the course material and on-the-water training.

         5 students are required for the class to be held.

         If the class is not held, checks will be returned to individuals

        Checks are to be made payable to  "GLS&PS"

 

Last Class Held:  March 21, 2016

Next Class TBD

Advanced Boating Course 3

America’s Boating Course (ABC3) is the introductory boating safety and operation course of the United States Power Squadron.  It is an in-depth course taught to the public by certified instructors of the Grand Lake Sail & Power Squadron.

 

   Roger Zinn, S at 918-676-3254

This course is a five part series.  The first four nights are spent on the material with the fifth night a review and test.

         All classes at the GLA building will be held in the GLA board room except the classes indicated by an "GLA*". Those classes will be in the Chamber of Commerce meeting room.  

     The sessions begin at   6:00 pm and usually end at 8:30 pm

     GLA is the Grand Lake Association building at 9630 Hwy 59 N, Grove Ok

Sept. 9, 2016
for
9 Weeks each Wednesday

Piloting

Piloting is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails.

 

   Roger Zinn, S at 918-676-3254

Specific Session Time and Classroom Details are to be determined and updated here in the near future. 

Course Descriptions

IIntroductory Boating Course

America’s Boating Course

America’s Boating Course (ABC3) is the introductory boating safety and operation course of the United States Power Squadron.  It is an in-depth course taught to the public by certified instructors of the Grand Lake Sail & Power Squadron.

The course will be completed in four to five days.  It will include classroom instruction followed by on-the-water instruction for interested students. The 244 page course manual and CD covers many topics including docking, leaving a dock, using an anchor, loading and trimming a boat. Also, learn how to do pivot turns and quick stops (helpful in docking). Proper trailering, storing and protecting your boat are also subjects to be covered in the comprehensive course. Learn navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules) to help avoid collisions, what boat safety equipment is needed on various sizes of boats and how to handle emergencies that may occur while boating.

A similar course, given by a commercial boating education firm, would cost several hundred dollars, but the non-profit USPS and  Grand Lake Squadron is offering it for only $40 for both classroom and the on-the-water instruction. Plus, as an added bonus, it will include an optional 6 month free membership in United States Power Squadron and the Grand Lake Squadron.

Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete the ABC course. This nationally recognized course also meets the requirement for a safety course for youths age 12-16 in Oklahoma.

Cost: $40

Advanced Boating Courses

Seamanship Course

The Seamanship course is a natural first/next step in building a foundation for confidence and competence for safe and enjoyable boating on the water. It extends the knowledge and skills of the boater in handling and maneuvering a vessel, either sail or power. The course provides a better understanding of how boats behave under various conditions including close quarters and open water operations. Knowledge and skills are increased in the areas of anchoring, emergencies, rules of the road, and marlinspike/basic knots. An On-The-Water component enhances the learning experience.  Successful completion of the course will also allow Grand Lake Sail and Power Squadron members to move to higher level courses and hold elective office

Cost: $50 Members/$57 Non-members

Piloting

Piloting is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails. Topics covered include:

         Charts and their interpretation

         Navigation aids and how they point to safe water

         Plotting courses and determining direction and distance

         The mariner’s compass and converting between True and Magnetic

         Use of GPS – typical GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS route.

         Pre-planning safe courses and entering them into the GPS

         Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning

        The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course.

Cost: $58 Members/$67 Non-members, Optional Materials $15

Advanced Piloting

Advanced Piloting covers more advanced coastal navigation techniques, navigation in tides and currents, and more advanced GPS usage.

Junior Navigation

Junior Navigation teaches the basics of offshore navigation, including basic celestial navigation using the sun and offshore course planning.

Navigation

Navigation is the most advanced navigation course taught by USPS, covering more advanced celestial navigation techniques, emergency navigation, and additional sight reduction techniques.

Elective Courses

Weather Course

This course emphasizes the importance of weather to safe boating.  The course will provide an understanding of the atmosphere, temperatures, heat, wind, pressure, waves, humidity, fog, clouds and precipitation, thunderstorms, lightning, mid-latitudes weather and storms, tropical weather and storms, and forecasting.

Cost: $48 Members/$55 Non-members

Marine Electrical Systems

Marine Electrical Systems provides information about properties of electricity, electrical power requirements and wiring practices, direct current power, alternating current power, galvanic and stray-current corrosion, lightning protection, and electrical interference.

Marine Radio Communications

Marine Radio Communications delves into radio waves and transmitters, receivers and transceivers, antennas and transmission lines, FCC Rules and Regulations, FCC Frequency Plan, marine radiotelephone operating procedures, and other communication services, Digital Selective Calling, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, satellite communications, amateur radio, and more.

Marine Electronics for Navigation

Marine Electronics for Navigation presents information on depth sounders, RADAR, GPS Navigation, and two new chapters: Electronic Charting, and Computer-Assisted Navigation.

Cruising and Cruise Planning

There is something very special about the thrill of cruising in new waters and the sense of accomplishment upon completing an extended cruise. To go beyond what most boaters do on a weekend, to go overnight or even a week, or go marina hopping requires boaters to leave their normal cruising areas and comfort zones. The Cruising and Cruise Planning course focuses on the planning and preparation necessary for safe enjoyable extended cruises on both inland and coastal waters. The course covers the following topics: Cruise Preparation and Planning, Boat and Equipment, Anchors and Anchoring, Security, Chartering, Cruising Outside the United States, Crew and Provisioning, Voyage Management, Communications, Navigation, Weather, and Emergencies.

Cost: $50 Members/$58 Non-members

Instructor Development Course

Unlike other USPS courses, the Instructor Development course is not designed to enhance boating skills.  Rather, its emphasis is on enhancing instructor skills.  The course has been designed to demonstrate interactive teaching methods focused on adult learning. 

Engine Maintenance

The course is ten chapters that stress the diagnosis of modern systems, while also teaching the basics of engine layout and operation. Gasoline inboards, outboards, and diesel engines are taught in a way that reinforces the common aspects of how engines work.

Modern engines offer high reliability and good performance through the use of computerized systems for fuel delivery and engine timing. Most of these systems are “black boxes” that can no longer be serviced by weekend mechanics with ordinary tools. The EM course covers those repairs that do-it-yourselfers can still perform, teaches how to diagnose problems that might be beyond your ability to fix, and how to share information with your mechanic so the right repairs get performed. The new Engine Maintenance course also covers basic mechanical systems such as drive systems (propellers), steering systems, and engine controls. The last chapter discusses solutions you might use to problems that could occur while afloat and away from a repair facility. Gasoline, diesel, and outboard engines are treated independently in this chapter.

Cost: $40 Members/$46 Non-members

Other Courses

First Aid/CPR

The Grand Lake Sail and Power Squadron strives through its training programs to make boating a safe and enjoyable adventure.  But, sometimes things do not go right or unforeseen events occur and someone is hurt, injured, or becomes ill.     

When medical emergencies occur aboard a vessel at sea, quick and appropriate action becomes a life-saving event. Through the CPR and First Aid training you will learn the latest techniques on performing these lifesaving skills. They will include: CPR for Adults and Children, Use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), First Aid Basics. Medical Emergencies, Injury Emergencies

Link to other USPS Training

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          Squadron Education Policies & Procedures

Click here for the latest edition of the Education Department
Policies and Procedures Manual

 

Squadron Assistant Educational Officer
Roger Zinn, S

918-676-3254
zinnres@yahoo.com


 

 

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