D4 Seminars

Description Offerings
Seminar - Charting:

In less than 5 hours, you will learn why and how:

What charts show navigators above the water
Chart features
Chart Scales
What charts show navigators below the water
Aids to Navigation
Latitude and Longitude
Planning your course
What’s in your way

    This seminar is free for all students that registered for the 2016 Americas Boating Course (ABC3); cost of materials is $50 for non-ABC3 students.

Seminar - Using GPS:

 Using GPS:

    GPS has become a common tool for navigation. However using GPS on the water is distinctly different from a moving map display in your car.

    This seminar explains the principles of waypoint navigation which you will use. It then shows you how to relate the GPS to your charts which provide essential information about what is around you.

    The seminar also shows you how to operate your GPS, what the buttons do, what the screens show, and how to access the functions you need. A handheld GPS is used as the demonstration model, but all GPS receivers function similarly.

    By the time you have completed the seminar, you will be able to store waypoints into your GPS, activate them for navigation, and use GPS to keep you on a safe, pre-qualified course of your choosing. You willll also get some tips for choosing a GPS if you do not currently own one.



Anchoring Seminar:

Anchoring & Staying In Place

Do you know which anchor is best for you? What size do you use? Is one enough? Come and try the miniature anchors and see for yourself how different anchors act in mud, sand, or gravel. You may be surprised!

Come out Wednesday, February 4th, for a great opportunity to learn and meet new friends. 

Seminar - Partner in Command:

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Why Take A “Partner In Command”  Seminar?

 In less than 2 hours, you will learn why and how:
 • Communications 
 • Before you go 
 • Safety & Safety Equipment 
 • VHF Marine Radio 
 • First Aid 
 • Signaling Equipment 
 • Starting and Running the Engines 
 • Calling for Ehlp
 • and more!
Seminar - Boat Handling under Power:

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Hands-On Boating Through the Virtual Trainer

This seminar will not only show you how to dock and undock your boat without losing your gel-coat by using short videos, but you will actually do it on the virtual trainer.  Yes, you really have a steering wheel and throttle. Then when you get on the open water, you have trim tabs to operate as you maneuver past other boats.


Seminar - Rivers, Locks & Lakes:

Boating on Rivers, Locks, and Lakes

The United States has over 30,000 miles of improved waterways—some of the finest boating to be found anywhere. This seminar introduces boaters to this inland cruising world.

The seminar deals with such varied topics as special navigation rules for rivers, the Western Rivers System of buoys and marks, river currents, “reading” a river, jetties and wing dams, the intricacies of locking through, and communicating with lock masters and bridge tenders.

Learn about your local waters from experienced inland boaters.

Each student receives a full color Student Guide especially written for the seminar.

Seminar - CPR Training Course:

 CPR Training Course 

When medical emergencies occur aboard a vessel at sea, quick and appropriate action becomes a life-saving event. In addition to a cardiac arrest, suffering a compound fracture from a fall, having an allergic reaction to a bee sting, or falling overboard into cold water, can become a major trauma unless someone on board knows exactly what to do. The chance of permanent injury, shock, or death to what would have been a routine call to "911" is not just possible, but likely. The way to ensure the best possible outcome to a medical emergency is through CPR and First Aid training.


Join us at the District 4 squadrons headquarters for this life-saving training.

Seminar - Practical Marine Engine Maintenance:

Practical Marine Engine Maintenance

Is your boat running at peak performance?  Are you hearing any strange noises from your engine?  After this seminar, you will leave with a better understanding of the operations of your boat so you can have an educated discussion with your mechanic if you cannot fix the problem on your own.


Seminar - The Art of Trailering, FOR COUPLES:

Why Take A “Trailering Your Boat Seminar”?

In less than 2 hours, you will learn why and how:
• Licensing and Titling
• Introduction to Trailering
• Choosing your Tow vehicle
• Match the Tow to the load
• Weight to include
• Trailer data plate
• Trailer hitches
• Locking coupler to ball 
• Tires
• Types of trailers
• The Art of Towing
• Launching
• Retrieval

 In 2014 this seminar was geared toward the ladies.  This year, we take a closer look at the team effort that can either make or break an exciting day on the water.  We'll pay particular attention to the tips & techniques that can help you safely launch and recover your boat while minimizing the stresses that inevitably occur when the ramp is crowded.

Seminar - Using Digital Charts:

Today, electronics have radically changed navigation, but understanding the basics helps you gain confidence in your equipment and your own skills.

In this seminar, you will learn practical techniques to plan, navigate, and check your progress on the water while using digital charts. You will develop situational awareness skills using electronic navigation tools to quickly point to your position on a chart, and be able to use backup techniques when the electronics become suspect. This seminar will help captain and crew navigate safely and comfortably.


Seminar - Onboard Weather Prediction:
“A veering wind will clear the sky;
A backing wind says storms are nigh.”
All boaters have heard this mariner's proverb or similar ones. They have a salty flavor that takes us back to the era of sailing ships. In this 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. This seminar 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
  • Basic Forecasting 
Questions?  Call 614-384-0245


Seminar - Marine Radar:


What's Included?
  • RADAR basics
  • Operator controls
  • Operator aids
  • Collision avoidance
  • Navigation
  • RADAR display
  • Target identification
  • Headings
  • Ranges
  • Rain and snow effects

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 also receive a copy of The RADAR Book by Kevin Monahan, as well as Student Notes with copies of slides.

Seminar - Emergencies On Board:


What's Included?
  • Prevent accidents
  • Make emergency calls and signals
  • Deal with running aground
  • Handle a person overboard situation
  • Put out files onboard
  • Deal with losing power
  • Deal with medical conditions
  • Deal with steering failures
  • Deal with getting lost 

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 the Emergencies on Board QuickGuide—a handy reference to use in responding to emergency situations, as well as a full color Student Guide for the seminar.

Seminar - Crossing Borders:


What's Included?
  • Understand the immigration and customs process
  • Prepare and carry the correct documents for your crossing
  • Who are and how to contact the proper authorities
  • Timelines for the entry and departure processes
  • What can’t be carried across the borders

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.


Seminar - Paddle Smart:


Encompassing everything from paddleboards to canoes and kayaks, paddleboats make boating affordable and accessible for everyone.  USPS training helps you do it safely.  Based on a compendium of information from the paddling community, this seminar prepares you to boat safely on small lakes, streams, and rivers. The seminar kit includes an attendee workbook for note-taking and reference. “The Complete Sea Kayaker’s Handbook” by Shelly Johnson and “Introduction to Paddling – canoeing basics for lakes and rivers” by the American Canoe Association are optionally available.

What's Included?
  • Risks
  • Safety
  • Paddle craft “language”
  • How to select a paddle craft
  • Necessary equipment
  • Life jackets for paddlers
  • Paddles
  • Optional equipment
  • Helmets
  • Cold water protection
Seminar - Hurricane Preparedness:

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When a named storm threatens, you need to be prepared and protect your boat.  In this short seminar, you'll learn how to select a location from which to weather the storm and prepare your boat for a hurricane. The kit includes Student Notes with copies of the slides.

Hurricane Preparation for Boaters may be taken in a squadron-run session or as a fully interactive online learning experience.  Either way, this comprehensive seminar can be completed in 2-4 hours.

What’s Included?
  • Check vessels and gear
  • Review marina/dockmaster contracts
  • Make plans
  • Check your trailer
  • Prepare a storm plan
  • Lessons learned from storms
  • Hurricane anchoring
  • Be storm ready
  • Your responsibilities
  • Post-hurricane efforts of US Coast Guard and law enforcement
  • Insurance
Seminar - Basic Coastal Navigation:



Today, electronics have radically changed navigation, but understanding the basics helps you gain confidence in your equipment and your own skills.

In this seminar, you’ll learn practical techniques to plan, navigate, and check your progress on the water. You will develop situational awareness skills using your eyes and navigation tools to quickly point to your position on a chart, and be able to use backup techniques when the electronics become suspect. This seminar will help both captain and crew to navigate safely and comfortably.

The seminar kit contains a Seminar Notes booklet and an optional The Weekend Navigatortextbook.

What's Included?

  • An overview of electronic navigation
  • GPS – what it tells us
  • Waypoint navigation fundamentals
  • Charts  - what you need to know
  • Navigation aids
  • Water depth and tides
  • Course corrections
  • Situation awareness
  • Solving for course, speed and distance
  • 24-hour clock
Seminar - Dowloading and Using OpenCPN:

Seminar - About OpenCPN A Chartplotter and GPS Navigation Software.

Learn the basics of Open CPN, free Navigational software for your computer or Android Mobile device.  In this seminar we will demonstrate:

  • Installing and configuring OpenCPN on you PC, Mac or Android Mobile Device
  • Installing free NOAA Charts to be read by OpenCPN
  • Setting Up GPS and AIS to "talk" to your computer and OpenCPN
  • The basics of Navigation with OpenCPN
  • Setting, modifying and deleting waypoints
  • Tide and Current prediction.
  • Route planning with tidal support.

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Seminar - Introduction to Power Squadron Courses:

 Free Seminar -

Learn about Power Squadron Boating Classes & Seminars
this Fall in Manhattan

This free introductory seminar will allow you to meet Instructors, get information about course content and help schedule our Fall classes. See what is covered in the classes offered, hear about upcoming seminars and ask your questions about what our courses can do for you.

New York
Date and Time: Wednesday 9/6 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Location: Waterfront Alliance 217 Water St, New York City 10038

Register for this class

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