Upcoming Classes

Click here for complete list of scheduled Courses and Seminars or visit the Upcoming Events page for a complete list of all squadron activities

Unless otherwise noted, all courses held at
Bellingham Technical College (BTC).
Register with BTC via phone 360-752-8350,
email registration@btc.edu
or visit their website by clicking here.
Use the BTC Item # for the Course(s)
you wish to take.
Contact Education Officer for more information.

America's Boating Course™

This course is provided in partnership with the Bellingham Power Squadron chapter of the US Power Squadrons. It qualifies for WA state boater education card. Includes government safety regulations, boat types, adverse weather and emergency conditions, radio procedures, navigation rules, anchoring, knots, trailering, and water sports safety. Charting and GPS procedures feature emphasis on local waters. Registration fee includes textbook. Course includes an optional 4-hour on-water session with a USPS instructor. Students (or student couples) will use a NOAA chart 18421 and a pair of navigation dividers. Instructor will discuss options for purchase at local marine stores and printing shops.

Tuesday Evenings: 6:30-8:30 pm
Jan 7 thru Feb 25, 2020 = $170.00
ask for MARIN 110: Boating Skills & Safety


The safety and comfort of those who venture out-on-the water have always been weather dependent. In this course students will become keener observers of the weather and will learn how observations have meaning in the context of meteorology. Students will learn how weather systems form, behave, move, and interact with one another as well as where to find weather reports and forecasts on the internet.

Monday Evenings: 6:30-8:30 pm
Feb 3 thru Mar 23, 2020


Course proceeds from deciding which boat is for you to how to handle a fire or severe weather at sea. Advanced boat handling techniques and in-depth look at Rules of the Road. Can lead to USCG licensing. Includes a 4-hour on-water practice with USPS instructor.

  • Anchoring
  • Emergencies On The Water
  • Rules of the Road
  • Useful Knots and Hitches
  • Includes 4-Hour On-Water Session with Instructor.

Wednesday Evenings: 6:30-8:30 pm
Jan 8 thru Feb 26, 2020
Members $95.00: BTC Item #4571
Non-members $129.00: BTC Item #4572
or contact the Education Officer.