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CPR/AED Certification
Sat 27 Apr 2019 @ 0900 EDT
9 hours 30 mins
Members: $30, USPS members: $70, Non-members: $100
Location: Map

Great Lakes Yacht Club
23900 Jefferson Ave
St Clair Shores, MI 48080

Learn how to perform CPR and use an Automated External Defibrillator – essential first aid skills that can help save a life.

Passing this class grants an American Heart Association CPR/AED certification for adult, child, and infant care, and for first aid. Certification is valid for two years.

USPS members from other squadrons:
Please contact us for your discounted rate.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.

Topics include:
  • Adult CPR skills
  • Child CPR skills
  • Infant CPR skills
  • Safe and correct AED usage
  • First aid basics and skills
Instructor:

Lt/C Linda Downie, S


America's Boating Course
Starts: Wed 08 May 2019 @ 1900 EDT
4 sessions, 2 hours 30 mins each
Members: $15, Non-members: $20
Location: Map

Great Lakes Yacht Club
23900 Jefferson Ave
St Clair Shores, MI 48080

America's Boating Course provides you with basic boating knowledge to decide what type and size boat you need, what to do when meeting another boat in a crowded waterway, and how to recognize and handle hazards.

Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete America's Boating Course. This course also provides a sound basis for continuing your recreational boating education.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.

Topics include:
  • Types of boats and their uses
  • Boating laws – federal and state
  • Safety equipment – required and recommended
  • Finding your way
  • Dealing with adverse conditions
  • Communications
  • Trailering, knots and lines, and water sports
  • Introduction to electronic navigation using paper charts and chartplotters
Instructor:

P/C Tom Geggie, SN


CPR/AED Certification
Sat 27 Apr 2019 @ 0900 EDT
9 hours 30 mins
Members: $30, USPS members: $70, Non-members: $100

Great Lakes Yacht Club
23900 Jefferson Ave
St Clair Shores, MI 48080

Learn how to perform CPR and use an Automated External Defibrillator – essential first aid skills that can help save a life.

Passing this class grants an American Heart Association CPR/AED certification for adult, child, and infant care, and for first aid. Certification is valid for two years.

USPS members from other squadrons:
Please contact us for your discounted rate.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.

Topics include:
  • Adult CPR skills
  • Child CPR skills
  • Infant CPR skills
  • Safe and correct AED usage
  • First aid basics and skills
Instructor:

Lt/C Linda Downie, S


America's Boating Course
Starts: Wed 08 May 2019 @ 1900 EDT
4 sessions, 2 hours 30 mins each
Members: $15, Non-members: $20

Great Lakes Yacht Club
23900 Jefferson Ave
St Clair Shores, MI 48080

America's Boating Course provides you with basic boating knowledge to decide what type and size boat you need, what to do when meeting another boat in a crowded waterway, and how to recognize and handle hazards.

Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete America's Boating Course. This course also provides a sound basis for continuing your recreational boating education.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.

Topics include:
  • Types of boats and their uses
  • Boating laws – federal and state
  • Safety equipment – required and recommended
  • Finding your way
  • Dealing with adverse conditions
  • Communications
  • Trailering, knots and lines, and water sports
  • Introduction to electronic navigation using paper charts and chartplotters
Instructor:

P/C Tom Geggie, SN

Advanced Grade

Junior Navigation
Starts: Mon 04 Feb 2019 @ 1900 EST
19 sessions, 2 hours 30 mins each
Members: $125, Non-members: $175
Location: Map

St Joseph Mercy Oakland — Education Center
44555 Woodward Avenue
Pontiac, MI 48341

This is the first in a two-part program of study in offshore (open coast) navigation. In Junior Navigation, students will continue to use GPS as the primary position sensor. However, the offshore environment poses many different elements for consideration by the Navigator. Ocean currents, wind, and sea state all affect a vessel's performance over the longer passages.

In the Junior Navigation course, students will learn to use celestial objects such as the sun as reference points. The course begins with the study of celestial navigation, teaching the student to take sights on the sun with a marine sextant and derive a line of position from that observation.


The class will meet in the Baber room through the end of March. From April 1, the class will meet in the Lear room.

No session will be held on Feb 11 or 18.

Instructors:

P/C Althea Doolittle, SN
Phil Doolittle, SN

Prerequisite course:

Advanced Piloting

Park in the southeast visitor parking lot.

Go in the single sliding door labeled “Entrance,” then walk through to the lobby. Immediately as you reach the lobby, go down the stairs with the glass railing on your left.


Piloting
Starts: Sat 23 Mar 2019 @ 0900 EDT
5 sessions, 5 hours each
Members: $75, Non-members: $125
Location: Map

Great Lakes Yacht Club
23900 Jefferson Ave
St Clair Shores, MI 48080

Piloting is the second of the Advanced Level courses and is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. It is required for the Boat Operator's Certificate at the Coastal Navigation level. It introduces OpenCap’n, Marine Navigation software.

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 GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning.

No class will be held on April 13th.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.

Topics include:
  • Charts & Their Interpretation
  • Navigational Aids
  • Plotting Courses and Determining Direction and Distance
  • Using a Compass
  • Converting between True and Magnetic
  • Using GPS
  • Preplanning Safe Courses
  • Monitoring progress and determining position on the water
  • Traditional Techniques such as Bearings and Dead Reckoning
Materials include:
  • Weekend Navigator - supplemental textbook
Student requirements:

Dividers (drawing compass)
Parallel plotter / parallel rules

Instructor:

P/C Tom Smith, SN


Junior Navigation
Starts: Mon 04 Feb 2019 @ 1900 EST
19 sessions, 2 hours 30 mins each
Members: $125, Non-members: $175

St Joseph Mercy Oakland — Education Center
44555 Woodward Avenue
Pontiac, MI 48341

Park in the southeast visitor parking lot.

Go in the single sliding door labeled “Entrance,” then walk through to the lobby. Immediately as you reach the lobby, go down the stairs with the glass railing on your left.

This is the first in a two-part program of study in offshore (open coast) navigation. In Junior Navigation, students will continue to use GPS as the primary position sensor. However, the offshore environment poses many different elements for consideration by the Navigator. Ocean currents, wind, and sea state all affect a vessel's performance over the longer passages.

In the Junior Navigation course, students will learn to use celestial objects such as the sun as reference points. The course begins with the study of celestial navigation, teaching the student to take sights on the sun with a marine sextant and derive a line of position from that observation.


The class will meet in the Baber room through the end of March. From April 1, the class will meet in the Lear room.

No session will be held on Feb 11 or 18.

Instructors:

P/C Althea Doolittle, SN
Phil Doolittle, SN

Prerequisite course:

Advanced Piloting

This course is no longer accepting online registrations.


Piloting
Starts: Sat 23 Mar 2019 @ 0900 EDT
5 sessions, 5 hours each
Members: $75, Non-members: $125

Great Lakes Yacht Club
23900 Jefferson Ave
St Clair Shores, MI 48080

Piloting is the second of the Advanced Level courses and is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. It is required for the Boat Operator's Certificate at the Coastal Navigation level. It introduces OpenCap’n, Marine Navigation software.

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 GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning.

No class will be held on April 13th.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.

Topics include:
  • Charts & Their Interpretation
  • Navigational Aids
  • Plotting Courses and Determining Direction and Distance
  • Using a Compass
  • Converting between True and Magnetic
  • Using GPS
  • Preplanning Safe Courses
  • Monitoring progress and determining position on the water
  • Traditional Techniques such as Bearings and Dead Reckoning
Materials include:
  • Weekend Navigator - supplemental textbook
Student requirements:

Dividers (drawing compass)
Parallel plotter / parallel rules

Instructor:

P/C Tom Smith, SN

This course is no longer accepting online registrations.

Elective

Weather
Starts: Thu 09 May 2019 @ 1900 EDT
8 sessions, 2 hours 30 mins each
Members: $75, Non-members: $100
Location: Map

Bloomfield Hills City Hall
45 E Long Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

The safety and comfort of those who venture out on the water have always been weather dependent. In this course students will become keener observers of the weather, but weather observations only have meaning in the context of the basic principles of meteorology — the science of the atmosphere. The course focuses on how weather systems form, behave, move, and interact with one another and reflects the availability of all sorts of weather reports and forecasts on the Internet.

Topics include:
  • Effects of Heat and Cold
  • Wind and Pressure
  • Storms & Fronts
  • Rain, Humidity, Fog
  • Hydrological Cycles
  • Thunderstorms and Tornados
  • Tropical Weather
  • Weather Data Analysis
Instructor:

P/C Robert Blau, SN


Weather
Starts: Thu 09 May 2019 @ 1900 EDT
8 sessions, 2 hours 30 mins each
Members: $75, Non-members: $100

Bloomfield Hills City Hall
45 E Long Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

The safety and comfort of those who venture out on the water have always been weather dependent. In this course students will become keener observers of the weather, but weather observations only have meaning in the context of the basic principles of meteorology — the science of the atmosphere. The course focuses on how weather systems form, behave, move, and interact with one another and reflects the availability of all sorts of weather reports and forecasts on the Internet.

Topics include:
  • Effects of Heat and Cold
  • Wind and Pressure
  • Storms & Fronts
  • Rain, Humidity, Fog
  • Hydrological Cycles
  • Thunderstorms and Tornados
  • Tropical Weather
  • Weather Data Analysis
Instructor:

P/C Robert Blau, SN