Scheduled Public Classes and Seminars

Knowledge + Skills = Confidence

America's Boating Course

Materials Fee: $35.00
Dates: Wednesdays, January 17 through February 14, 2024  (5 weeks)
Time: 6:45 to 9:00
Location: Bayport Marina Clubhouse (200 5th Ave So, Bayport) or Online via your computer


Become a safer, more confident boater!

America’s Boating Course is the most comprehensive, single source, in-person boating course available to provide both new and experienced boaters the skills needed to safely enjoy time on the water.  Topics include: rules of the road; required safety equipment; navigation aids, lights and sounds; anchoring; communications; adverse conditions; water sports and personal watercraft safety; trailering; local and federal laws; and  knots & lines. This course is perfect if you are a new boat owner or just want to freshen up your knowledge.  Local information,  discussion with other boaters, and ample time for questions expand on the course curriculum to broaden students' boating knowledge.

This course is recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard and approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.  It meets all Minnesota and Wisconsin requirements for obtaining boating license and operator certification.  Instructors are NASBLA-certified and members of the local St. Paul Sail and Power Squadron.

This course is considered the first step in joining America's Boating Club.  If you know of people considering membership, please refer them to this course, and this website.

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.

Questions?  education@stpaulsquadron.org

America's Boating Course

Materials Fee: $35.00
Dates: Saturdays, April 13 and 20, 2024  (2 sessions)
Time: 8:30 to 4:30
Location: Bayport Marina Clubhouse (200 5th Ave So, Bayport) or Online via your computer


Become a safer, more confident boater!

America’s Boating Course is the most comprehensive, single source, in-person boating course available to provide both new and experienced boaters the skills needed to safely enjoy time on the water.  Topics include: rules of the road; required safety equipment; navigation aids, lights and sounds; anchoring; communications; adverse conditions; water sports and personal watercraft safety; trailering; local and federal laws; and  knots & lines. This course is perfect if you are a new boat owner or just want to freshen up your knowledge.  Local information,  discussion with other boaters, and ample time for questions expand on the course curriculum to broaden students' boating knowledge.

This course is recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard and approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.  It meets all Minnesota and Wisconsin requirements for obtaining boating license and operator certification.  Instructors are NASBLA-certified and members of the local St. Paul Sail and Power Squadron.

This course is considered the first step in joining America's Boating Club.  If you know of people considering membership, please refer them to this course, and this website.

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.

Questions?  education@stpaulsquadron.org

boat handling

Boat Handling (Formerly Seamanship)

Materials Fee: $75.00 (members), $150.00 (non-members)
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.

For more information, please contact the St. Paul Squadron Education Officer: education@stpaulsquadron.org

Members:  Please register on the Member Classes page.