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Currently Scheduled Seminars

Anchoring with Assurance
Sat 20 Apr 2024
1000 EDT
2 hours
Location: Map

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

Members:$35Non-members:$45

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
Instructor:

P/C Tom Geggie, SN

VHF/DSC Marine Radio
Sat 11 May 2024
1000 EDT
2 hours
Location: Map

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

Members:$35Non-members:$45

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.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.
Instructor:

P/R/C Don Fiander, SN

Partner in Command
Sat 08 Jun 2024
1000 EDT
2 hours
Location: Map

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

Members:$35Non-members:$45
Advance payment required by Jun 8

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.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.
Materials include:
  • Full color Student Guide
Instructor:

P/C Betty Torres, JN

Paddle Smart
Sat 20 Jul 2024
1000 EDT
2 hours
Location: Map

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

Members:$35Non-members:$45

Welcome to the world of paddlesports!

You have joined (or soon will) the fastest growing part of boating.

According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, kayaks and canoes accounted for some 54% of new boats sold in 2006 – over 493,000 crafts.

Kayaking, canoeing or rowing are enjoyable opportunities to get close to nature, have a great time, and get some quality exercise in the process. This seminar is intended for those about to join the sport and those considering purchasing paddling equipment.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.
Instructor:

Cdr Julian Fiander, SN

Confidence in Docking and Undocking
Sat 10 Aug 2024
1000 EDT
2 hours
Location: Map

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

Members:$35Non-members:$45

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

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.
Instructor:

Lt/C Paul Loock, JN

Propane Systems
Sat 14 Sep 2024
1000 EDT
2 hours
Location: Map

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

Members:$25Non-members:$35

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:
  • 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

Basic Weather and Forecasting
Sat 26 Oct 2024
1000 EDT
2 hours
Location: Map

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

Members:$35Non-members:$45
Advance payment required by Oct 26

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.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.
Instructor:

Lt/C Robert Blau, SN

AIS Electronics for Boaters
Sat 09 Nov 2024
1000 EST
2 hours
Location: Map

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

Members:$35Non-members:$45
Advance payment required by Nov 9

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

Emergencies on Board
Sat 14 Dec 2024
1000 EST
2 hours
Location: Map

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

Members:$35Non-members:$45

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.
Instructor:

P/R/C Don Fiander, SN