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America's Boating Club®

Come for the boating education... Stay for the friends.℠

America's Boating Club®

Birmingham Squadron

Come for the boating education...
Stay for the friends.℠

Currently Scheduled Seminars


Marine Radar
Sat 08 Sep 2018 @ 0930 EDT
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45
Location: Map

West Marine
789 E Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

Don't get lost in the fog.

Whether you want to navigate safely or decide what equipment to purchase, this seminar provides clear advice.

Learn how RADAR works, how to use it effectively, and its limitations as a piloting aid. You'll receive a copy of the Student Notes that has copies of the slides used in the seminar.

The RADAR Book by Kevin Monahan is optionally available.

Instructor:

P/C Tom Geggie, SN


Propane Systems
Sat 15 Sep 2018 @ 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 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.

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

P/R/C Don Fiander, SN


Crossing Borders
Sat 13 Oct 2018 @ 0930 EDT
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45
Location: Map

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


Emergencies on Board
Sat 20 Oct 2018 @ 0900 EDT
2 hours
Members: $25, Non-members: $35
Location: Map

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. The seminar comes with a full color Student Guide. The Emergencies on Board QuickGuide – a handy reference to use in responding to emergency situations – is optionally available.

Instructor:

P/R/C Don Fiander, SN


Using GPS
Sat 10 Nov 2018 @ 0930 EST
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45
Location: Map

West Marine
789 E Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

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.

Instructor:

P/C Robert Blau, SN


Man Overboard
Sat 17 Nov 2018 @ 0900 EST
2 hours
Members: $25, Non-members: $35
Location: Map

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

People fall overboard, especially in rough weather and high seas.

Discover how to equip and maneuver your boat to retrieve someone in the water.

Essential for all boaters, this seminar teaches you what to do if you fall overboard, as well as how to retrieve someone else.

Instructor:

P/R/C Don Fiander, SN


Man Overboard
Sat 08 Dec 2018 @ 0930 EST
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45
Location: Map

West Marine
789 E Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

People fall overboard, especially in rough weather and high seas.

Discover how to equip and maneuver your boat to retrieve someone in the water.

Essential for all boaters, this seminar teaches you what to do if you fall overboard, as well as how to retrieve someone else.

Instructor:

P/R/C Don Fiander, SN


Using GPS
Sat 15 Dec 2018 @ 0900 EST
2 hours
Members: $25, Non-members: $35
Location: Map

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.

Instructor:

P/C Robert Blau, SN


Marine Radar

Sat 08 Sep 2018 @ 0930 EDT
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45

West Marine
789 E Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

Don't get lost in the fog.

Whether you want to navigate safely or decide what equipment to purchase, this seminar provides clear advice.

Learn how RADAR works, how to use it effectively, and its limitations as a piloting aid. You'll receive a copy of the Student Notes that has copies of the slides used in the seminar.

The RADAR Book by Kevin Monahan is optionally available.

Instructor:

P/C Tom Geggie, SN


Propane Systems

Sat 15 Sep 2018 @ 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.

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

P/R/C Don Fiander, SN


Crossing Borders

Sat 13 Oct 2018 @ 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


Emergencies on Board

Sat 20 Oct 2018 @ 0900 EDT
2 hours
Members: $25, Non-members: $35

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. The seminar comes with a full color Student Guide. The Emergencies on Board QuickGuide – a handy reference to use in responding to emergency situations – is optionally available.

Instructor:

P/R/C Don Fiander, SN


Using GPS

Sat 10 Nov 2018 @ 0930 EST
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45

West Marine
789 E Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

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.

Instructor:

P/C Robert Blau, SN


Man Overboard

Sat 17 Nov 2018 @ 0900 EST
2 hours
Members: $25, Non-members: $35

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

People fall overboard, especially in rough weather and high seas.

Discover how to equip and maneuver your boat to retrieve someone in the water.

Essential for all boaters, this seminar teaches you what to do if you fall overboard, as well as how to retrieve someone else.

Instructor:

P/R/C Don Fiander, SN


Man Overboard

Sat 08 Dec 2018 @ 0930 EST
2 hours
Members: $35, Non-members: $45

West Marine
789 E Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

People fall overboard, especially in rough weather and high seas.

Discover how to equip and maneuver your boat to retrieve someone in the water.

Essential for all boaters, this seminar teaches you what to do if you fall overboard, as well as how to retrieve someone else.

Instructor:

P/R/C Don Fiander, SN


Using GPS

Sat 15 Dec 2018 @ 0900 EST
2 hours
Members: $25, Non-members: $35

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.

Instructor:

P/C Robert Blau, SN