Marine News from the Great Lakes

Get Your Michigan Boating Safety Card, Expand Your Boating Skills Courses Offered Starting in January

Published: Tuesday, January 13, 2015


It may seem early, but the boating season is actually not far off.  Did you know, everyone born after June 30,

1996 must have Michigan’s DNR Boating Safety Card to operate a boat?  Also, everyone born after December

31, 1978 must have this card to operate a Personal Water Craft (e.g. Jet Ski, Sea Doo).  As highly experienced

Great Lakes boaters ourselves, your Local United State Power Squadron provides the best, full line of boating

education, from beginner to advanced subjects.  We can provide you the course needed to get your Boating

Safety Card or enhance your boating skills with our advanced courses.  They are a great way to make spring

arrive much faster.


Our comprehensive “America’s Boating Course” teaches fundamentals of safe boat handling, operation, and

navigation skills, plus basic piloting, knot tying, line handling, anchoring, as well as the “rules of the road” on

lakes and rivers, and handling emergencies on the water.  Completing this course gives you the Michigan DNR

Boating Safety Card as well as a 6-month free membership in the United State Power Squadrons®.

“America’s Boating Course” is offered, starting Thursday, January 22nd, at West Bloomfield High School,

4925 Orchard Lake Rd., West Bloomfield, Michigan, and starting Monday, March 9th, at Centennial Middle

School, 62500 9 Mile Rd. South Lyon, MI 48178.  These classes run from 7-9PM each week.

“Marine Communication Systems” covers the use of VHF radios in boating: how to communicate, how the

radios work, how the Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems (GD\MDSS) work, as well as the Family

Radio Service (FRS) and high seas radios, and FCC Rules and Regulations.  This course applies to new and

experienced boaters who what to take a deeper dive into marine communications.  This course starts

Wednesday, January 21st, at Anthony Franco Communications Center (St Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital),

44555 Woodward Avenue, Pontiac, MI (just North of Square Lake).  These classes run from 7-9PM each week.

“Piloting” is for the experienced boater who wants to expand skills in navigation techniques.  Subjects include

the use of traditional and modern techniques for determining your location and safest course, using paper chart

plotting and electronic GPS charting tools, as well as compass use and other navigation aids.  You won’t be lost,

even if your GPS fails.  This course starts Saturday, February 14th, at West Marine, 401 Michigan St.,

Algonac, MI 48001.  These classes run from 7-9PM each week.

For registration and more information regarding class dates, times and locations, contact the Birmingham

Power Squadron on (248) 224-7235, or using our Website:, or by emailing

[email protected]  Additional registration is required for West Bloomfield High School through WBSD

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