Columbus Sail and Power Squadron
Spring 2008
Public Boating Courses
Boating Skills Course
Grandview Heights High School Library
1587 W. 3rd Avenue, Columbus
When: Mondays, February 25 - April 21, 2008
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Cost: $40.00 Free (paid for by the Judy A. Lowe Education Fund)
Learn the fundamentals of safe boat handling and operation plus basic piloting in one comprehensive classroom course. This newly revised course will give you the basics of line throwing, knot tying, boat handling, and seamanship. Instructors have many years of boating experience shared between inland waters and Lake Erie. An officer of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources participates as a guest speaker at one class. This 8 week course includes 3 sessions on charting and aides to navigation. You will learn basic chart plotting and time & speed calculations. This is especially useful for the big water boaters. This 8 week course is recommended because of its detailed course study. Completion of the course qualifies you for Power Squadron membership and the opportunity to take our more advanced member courses. Successful completion of our basic boating public course will result in you receiving a certificate of safe boating from the State of Ohio.
The course was $40.00 but now it's free due to funding available through the Judy A. Lowe Education Fund.

Topics include:

  • Safety on the water
  • Boat handling
  • Elementary seamanship
  • Marlinspike (knots!)
  • Registration and Ohio Department of Watercraft Regulations
  • Trailering
  • Weather
  • Aids to Navigation
  • Marine VHF Radio and other Marine electronics
  • Basic piloting and navigation on inland waters including the Great Lakes and local lakes and rivers.

Note: This 8 week course includes more material and exercises in Navigational Charting.

For more information and to register for the class, contact Mike Cohee, (740-965-9894) or email

America's Boating Course
The America's Boating Course (ABC) is designed for those who wish to complete a boating course from their home, either via internet or CD-ROM. The CD-ROM version comes with an 80 page, full color manual and a CD-ROM containing interactive courseware and information for the boater.

For more information contact
Mike Cohee, (740-965-9894) or email  The internet version can be accessed at America's Boating Course , which means you can start taking the course immediately.

This is a NASBLA approved course and has been granted the PWC endorsement.

More about our courses:
Ownership of a boat is not a prerequisite! EVERYONE, including your first mate, fishing buddy and children* will benefit from this course. Even if you are an experienced boater, you will learn something new. These courses are both fun and informative.

*While there is no minimum age requirement, we recommend that students be at least 12 years old so that they can more easily understand and learn the text materials.

Your insurance company may offer a discount on rates on your boat insurance upon completion of one of these courses.

To register or learn more, Contact Mike Cohee, (740-965-9894) or 

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