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Currently Scheduled Seminars


Partner in Command
Sat 13 Jun 2020 @ 0930 EDT
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45
Location: Map

West Marine
789 E Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

Are you a crew member or passenger who has no idea what's going on during a boat trip? Learn the essential skills you will need to help the skipper safely operate a recreational boat, including how to respond in an emergency. You'll become an asset on board with Partner in Command.

The Partner in Command seminar includes an introduction to boating, understanding anchoring, docking, and navigation, preparing for bad weather, first aid and on-board emergencies, and more.

Materials include:
  • Full color Student Guide

Knots and Line Handling
Sat 13 Jun 2020 @ 1000 EDT
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45
Location:

Online Only

Attend Online

All thumbs when it comes to securing your boat and gear? In this hands-on program, you'll learn to tie the most useful knots.


This seminar is also available as a component of the Boat Handling course.

Materials include:
  • ebook materials will be provided for this seminar.
  • This seminar is one component of the new BOAT Handling course.

Propane Systems
Sat 20 Jun 2020 @ 0900 EDT
2 hours
Members: $25, Non-members: $35
Location: Map

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

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

This seminar gives you the tools you need to use propane fuel safely on the water. Propane and butane, also known as LPG, are the most common cooking fuels used on boats. While efficient, cost effective and widely available, these fuels can also be dangerous. This seminar explains boat propane systems, propane safety, and how to keep your boat and crew safe.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.

Topics include:
  • Important properties of propane and butane fuel
  • How to use and store small propane fuel cylinders
  • Parts of a safe marine propane system
  • The basics of inspecting and maintaining your propane system
  • How to check for propane leaks
  • The proper way to turn propane appliances on and off safely
Instructor:

P/R/C Don Fiander, SN


Basic Weather and Forecasting
Sat 11 Jul 2020 @ 0930 EDT
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45
Location: Map

West Marine
789 E Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

Are the winds too strong? What is a "small craft advisory"? The safety and comfort of those who venture out on the water have always been weather dependent.

This seminar, a must for boaters who have never taken a weather course, will help you answer these questions and gain an understanding of the forces acting on your boat. Understand the forecast and know what to expect, whether you're in a kayak, trawler, sailboat, or schooner.

This seminar presents a complex subject in a way that is both understandable and useful.

Each seminar participant receives a Student Guide with slide images and complete notes written especially for the seminar. An optional waterproof McGraw Hill Captain’s QuickGuide – Onboard Weather Forecasting – designed for onboard and field use is also available.


AIS Electronics for Boaters
Sat 18 Jul 2020 @ 0900 EDT
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45
Location: Map

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

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

AIS Electronics for Boaters, our newest seminar, can help you decide if AIS is right for you. 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.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.

Instructor:

P/R/C Don Fiander, SN


Crossing Borders
Sat 08 Aug 2020 @ 0930 EDT
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45
Location: Map

West Marine
789 E Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

If you live in the border states, you can cross international borders and visit our neighbors to the north or south. But what do you need to know? This seminar explains the immigration and customs process and the programs that enable boaters to easily cross into Canada, Mexico or the Bahamas. Be prepared by having the correct documents; we can help you get there. Each student receives a full color Student Guide especially written for the seminar.

Instructor:

P/R/C Don Fiander, SN


Using GPS
Sat 15 Aug 2020 @ 0900 EDT
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45
Location: Map

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

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

Sure, GPS can get you where you need to go, but did you know you can use it to steer your boat accurately?

Enhance your boating experience by getting the most out of today's feature-packed GPS devices.

Learn how to store and use waypoints, build and execute routes, and monitor steering. You can also get tips on connecting your GPS to your VHF marine radio, which opens up a new world of digital hailing and distress signaling.

A waterproof McGraw-Hill Captain’s QuickGuide Using GPS to take aboard to remind you of the steps, or to show another of your crew how to use your GPS, is optionally available.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.


Boating with Confidence
Sat 12 Sep 2020 @ 1000 EDT
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45
Location: Map

West Marine
789 E Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.


This seminar is also available as a component of the Boat Handling course.

Instructor:

P/D/Lt/C Tom Smith, SN


Boating with Confidence
Sat 19 Sep 2020 @ 0900 EDT
2 hours
Location: Map

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

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.


This seminar is also available as a component of the Boat Handling course.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.


VHF/DSC Marine Radio
Sat 10 Oct 2020 @ 1000 EDT
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45
Location: Map

West Marine
789 E Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

Get familiar with your boat's VHF marine radio in just two hours. Experienced instructors teach you how to use VHF radio like a pro, including the new digital selective calling (DSC) rescue feature.

You'll also get tips on purchasing and installing VHF to get the most out of your investment. A handy waterproof McGraw-Hill Captain's QuickGuide Using VHF is optionally available with essential information that you should have aboard. This QuickGuide explains to anyone on your crew how to use the radio, a real benefit if you’re unable to help in an emergency.

Instructor:

P/R/C Don Fiander, SN


Anchoring with Assurance
Sat 17 Oct 2020 @ 0900 EDT
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45
Location: Map

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

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

Don't drift! Understand the issues and problems involving anchoring, such as anchor types and sizes. Learn proper anchoring techniques for your area. By understanding anchoring conditions and situations, you'll protect your boat and get a good night's sleep on the water.


This seminar is also available as a component of the Boat Handling course.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.

Topics include:
  • Anchor lines
  • How much line or chain to use
  • Where common anchors work best
  • Buying an anchor
  • Tips and tricks
  • Anchoring
  • What size anchor
  • Anchor types
  • Holding power
  • Anchor chains

AIS Electronics for Boaters
Wed 04 Nov 2020 @ 0930 EST
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45
Location: Map

West Marine
789 E Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

AIS Electronics for Boaters, our newest seminar, can help you decide if AIS is right for you. 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.

Instructor:

P/R/C Don Fiander, SN


AIS Electronics for Boaters
Sat 14 Nov 2020 @ 1000 EST
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45
Location: Map

West Marine
789 E Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

AIS Electronics for Boaters, our newest seminar, can help you decide if AIS is right for you. 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.

Instructor:

P/R/C Don Fiander, SN


Knots and Line Handling
Sat 21 Nov 2020 @ 0900 EST
2 hours
Location: Map

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

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

All thumbs when it comes to securing your boat and gear? In this hands-on program, you'll learn to tie the most useful knots.


This seminar is also available as a component of the Boat Handling course.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.


Emergencies on Board
Sat 19 Dec 2020 @ 0900 EST
2 hours
Location: Map

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

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

Learn how to adequately prepare for common emergencies and deal with them when they occur.

Gain practical knowledge about accident prevention, running aground, onboard fires, getting lost, towing, and medical emergencies.

A must-have for skippers, this seminar provides valuable skills for anyone venturing on the water.


This seminar is also available as a component of the Boat Handling course.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.


Emergencies on Board
Sat 19 Dec 2020 @ 1000 EST
2 hours
Location: Map

West Marine
789 E Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

Learn how to adequately prepare for common emergencies and deal with them when they occur.

Gain practical knowledge about accident prevention, running aground, onboard fires, getting lost, towing, and medical emergencies.

A must-have for skippers, this seminar provides valuable skills for anyone venturing on the water.


This seminar is also available as a component of the Boat Handling course.


Partner in Command

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

Sat 13 Jun 2020 @ 0930 EDT
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45

West Marine
789 E Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

Are you a crew member or passenger who has no idea what's going on during a boat trip? Learn the essential skills you will need to help the skipper safely operate a recreational boat, including how to respond in an emergency. You'll become an asset on board with Partner in Command.

The Partner in Command seminar includes an introduction to boating, understanding anchoring, docking, and navigation, preparing for bad weather, first aid and on-board emergencies, and more.

Materials include:
  • Full color Student Guide

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.


Knots and Line Handling
Sat 13 Jun 2020 @ 1000 EDT
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45

Online Only

Attend Online

All thumbs when it comes to securing your boat and gear? In this hands-on program, you'll learn to tie the most useful knots.


This seminar is also available as a component of the Boat Handling course.

Materials include:
  • ebook materials will be provided for this seminar.
  • This seminar is one component of the new BOAT Handling course.

Propane Systems

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

Sat 20 Jun 2020 @ 0900 EDT
2 hours
Members: $25, Non-members: $35

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

This seminar gives you the tools you need to use propane fuel safely on the water. Propane and butane, also known as LPG, are the most common cooking fuels used on boats. While efficient, cost effective and widely available, these fuels can also be dangerous. This seminar explains boat propane systems, propane safety, and how to keep your boat and crew safe.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.

Topics include:
  • Important properties of propane and butane fuel
  • How to use and store small propane fuel cylinders
  • Parts of a safe marine propane system
  • The basics of inspecting and maintaining your propane system
  • How to check for propane leaks
  • The proper way to turn propane appliances on and off safely
Instructor:

P/R/C Don Fiander, SN

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.


Basic Weather and Forecasting

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

Sat 11 Jul 2020 @ 0930 EDT
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45

West Marine
789 E Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

Are the winds too strong? What is a "small craft advisory"? The safety and comfort of those who venture out on the water have always been weather dependent.

This seminar, a must for boaters who have never taken a weather course, will help you answer these questions and gain an understanding of the forces acting on your boat. Understand the forecast and know what to expect, whether you're in a kayak, trawler, sailboat, or schooner.

This seminar presents a complex subject in a way that is both understandable and useful.

Each seminar participant receives a Student Guide with slide images and complete notes written especially for the seminar. An optional waterproof McGraw Hill Captain’s QuickGuide – Onboard Weather Forecasting – designed for onboard and field use is also available.

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.


AIS Electronics for Boaters

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

Sat 18 Jul 2020 @ 0900 EDT
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45

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

AIS Electronics for Boaters, our newest seminar, can help you decide if AIS is right for you. 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.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.

Instructor:

P/R/C Don Fiander, SN

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.


Crossing Borders

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

Sat 08 Aug 2020 @ 0930 EDT
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45

West Marine
789 E Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

If you live in the border states, you can cross international borders and visit our neighbors to the north or south. But what do you need to know? This seminar explains the immigration and customs process and the programs that enable boaters to easily cross into Canada, Mexico or the Bahamas. Be prepared by having the correct documents; we can help you get there. Each student receives a full color Student Guide especially written for the seminar.

Instructor:

P/R/C Don Fiander, SN

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.


Using GPS

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

Sat 15 Aug 2020 @ 0900 EDT
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45

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

Sure, GPS can get you where you need to go, but did you know you can use it to steer your boat accurately?

Enhance your boating experience by getting the most out of today's feature-packed GPS devices.

Learn how to store and use waypoints, build and execute routes, and monitor steering. You can also get tips on connecting your GPS to your VHF marine radio, which opens up a new world of digital hailing and distress signaling.

A waterproof McGraw-Hill Captain’s QuickGuide Using GPS to take aboard to remind you of the steps, or to show another of your crew how to use your GPS, is optionally available.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.


Boating with Confidence

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

Sat 12 Sep 2020 @ 1000 EDT
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45

West Marine
789 E Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083


This seminar is also available as a component of the Boat Handling course.

Instructor:

P/D/Lt/C Tom Smith, SN

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.


Boating with Confidence

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

Sat 19 Sep 2020 @ 0900 EDT
2 hours

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


This seminar is also available as a component of the Boat Handling course.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.


VHF/DSC Marine Radio

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

Sat 10 Oct 2020 @ 1000 EDT
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45

West Marine
789 E Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

Get familiar with your boat's VHF marine radio in just two hours. Experienced instructors teach you how to use VHF radio like a pro, including the new digital selective calling (DSC) rescue feature.

You'll also get tips on purchasing and installing VHF to get the most out of your investment. A handy waterproof McGraw-Hill Captain's QuickGuide Using VHF is optionally available with essential information that you should have aboard. This QuickGuide explains to anyone on your crew how to use the radio, a real benefit if you’re unable to help in an emergency.

Instructor:

P/R/C Don Fiander, SN

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.


Anchoring with Assurance

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

Sat 17 Oct 2020 @ 0900 EDT
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45

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

Don't drift! Understand the issues and problems involving anchoring, such as anchor types and sizes. Learn proper anchoring techniques for your area. By understanding anchoring conditions and situations, you'll protect your boat and get a good night's sleep on the water.


This seminar is also available as a component of the Boat Handling course.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.

Topics include:
  • Anchor lines
  • How much line or chain to use
  • Where common anchors work best
  • Buying an anchor
  • Tips and tricks
  • Anchoring
  • What size anchor
  • Anchor types
  • Holding power
  • Anchor chains

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.


AIS Electronics for Boaters

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

Wed 04 Nov 2020 @ 0930 EST
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45

West Marine
789 E Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

AIS Electronics for Boaters, our newest seminar, can help you decide if AIS is right for you. 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.

Instructor:

P/R/C Don Fiander, SN

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.


AIS Electronics for Boaters

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

Sat 14 Nov 2020 @ 1000 EST
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45

West Marine
789 E Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

AIS Electronics for Boaters, our newest seminar, can help you decide if AIS is right for you. 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.

Instructor:

P/R/C Don Fiander, SN

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.


Knots and Line Handling

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

Sat 21 Nov 2020 @ 0900 EST
2 hours

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

All thumbs when it comes to securing your boat and gear? In this hands-on program, you'll learn to tie the most useful knots.


This seminar is also available as a component of the Boat Handling course.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.


Emergencies on Board

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

Sat 19 Dec 2020 @ 0900 EST
2 hours

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

Learn how to adequately prepare for common emergencies and deal with them when they occur.

Gain practical knowledge about accident prevention, running aground, onboard fires, getting lost, towing, and medical emergencies.

A must-have for skippers, this seminar provides valuable skills for anyone venturing on the water.


This seminar is also available as a component of the Boat Handling course.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.


Emergencies on Board

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.

Sat 19 Dec 2020 @ 1000 EST
2 hours

West Marine
789 E Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

Learn how to adequately prepare for common emergencies and deal with them when they occur.

Gain practical knowledge about accident prevention, running aground, onboard fires, getting lost, towing, and medical emergencies.

A must-have for skippers, this seminar provides valuable skills for anyone venturing on the water.


This seminar is also available as a component of the Boat Handling course.

This seminar is no longer accepting online registrations.