Upcoming Classes

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Unless otherwise noted, all courses held at
Bellingham Technical College (BTC).
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Contact Education Officer for more information.

Introduction to
Boating Skills and Safety

This class qualifies for the WA State Boater Education Card.

    It includes:
  • Required local boating knowledge
  • Basic boat handling
  • safety equipment
  • right of way rules
  • navigation
  • adverse boating conditions
  • US Coast Guard and WA State boating requirements

Passing the final exam for this course results in issuance of the WA State Boaters Education Card.

This course will be taught by Bill Morin and Madeline Mimi Tompkins, Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron Certified Instructors.

Tuesday Evenings: 6:30-8:30 pm
Oct 4 - Nov 29 = $185
($20 discount for BSPS members)


taught by Bob Jacobson, a retired NOAA Weather Forecaster and covers all aspects of forecasting, using weather charts and data to determine boating conditions. Discussions will include local Salish Sea weather.

Thursday Evenings: 6:00-8:00 pm
Oct 20 - Dec 15 = $190
(Discount for BSPS members)

Engine Maintenance

Topics include: what makes the boat go; inboard spark ignition engines; inboard diesel engines, inboard, out board and stern engine drive systems; marine engine controls and instruments; marine steering systems; and emergency repairs afloat. This course is designed for boaters who are not mechanics.

Wednesday Evenings: 6:30-8:00 pm
Oct 5 - Dec 22 = $190
($15.00 discount for BSPS members)