This listing contains classes currrently offered by the St. Paul Squadron and known classes scheduled throughout District 10.  Most are being offered online; however, classroom participation is always recommended.  

Basic Weather and Forecasting

Basic Weather and Forecasting Seminar

Materials Fee: $15.00
Date: Saturday, March 16
Time:  10:00 to 12:00
Location: R H Stafford Library (8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury) or Online via your computer
Instructor: Al Harmon

“A veering wind will clear the sky; A backing wind says storms are nigh.”
"Red sky at night, sailors' delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take morning."

All boaters have heard these mariners' proverbs or similar ones. They have a salty flavor that takes us back to the era of sailing ships. In this Basic Weather and Forecasting seminar, students will learn the meteorological basis for them.  The safety and comfort of those who venture out on the water have always been weather dependent, and this two-hour session is a must for boaters who have never taken a weather course. The complex subject of weather is presented in a way that is both understandable and useful. Topics include:
Air Masses & Fronts, Winds, Storms, Clouds & Thunderstorms, Fog and Forecasting.


boat handling

Boat Handling (Formerly Seamanship)

Materials Fee: $75.00 
Dates: Wednesdays, May 1 through June 12, 2024  (7 weeks)
Time: 7:00 to 9:00
Location: Bayport Marina Clubhouse (200 5th Ave So, Bayport) or Online via your computer

Boat Handling, which replaces Seamanship, is the next course to take if you’ve already taken an introductory boating class such as America’s Boating Course.  The class is conducted in six sessions:* Rules of the Road
* Confidence in Docking
* Handling Your Boat Underway
* Anchoring
* Emergencies on Board
* Knots and Line Handling

The seventh week (June 12), there will be a written test.  Members who complete the course and pass the test will be granted the advanced grade of "Seaman."

We strongly recommend taking this class in person to maximize your investment of time and resources. However, it will be available online as well. The link will be published weekly to registered participants.
NOTE:  The test required to certify course completion must be taken in person on June 12.

For more information, please contact the St. Paul Squadron Education Officer:


Spring Boating Refresher Seminar

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2024
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: Bayport Marina Clubhouse (200 5th Ave So, Bayport)


Join us as instructor members of the St. Paul Squadron present timely reminders as we get back to boating this spring. Topics may include:

Updates on Minnesota and Wisconsin Boating Regulations
US Coast Guard Safety Equipment Requirements
Adapting to Wind, Current, Waves and Wakes
Use of Spring Lines
Close-Quarter Maneuvering
Rafting & Towing Tips


This event is free, but we request you register to attend.

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