By 1812Blockhouse

The Mansfield Power Squadron (MPS), a local nonprofit organization committed to promoting boating safety and education, is offering an America’s Boating Course (ABC) this fall and next spring.

The course is designed for both novice and seasoned boaters, covering a wide range of topics from boat handling to advanced navigation techniques. With certified instructors at the helm, the course aims to equip participants with the skills and knowledge needed for a safe and enjoyable boating experience.

The fall class for 2023 will commence on Wednesday, September 13, running from 6:30-8:30 pm for 8-10 weeks. It will be held at the Madison Adult Career Center in Mansfield, OH. The spring class for 2024 will begin on Tuesday, March 5, also running from 6:30-8:30 pm for 8-10 weeks. Registration for the fall class is open until September 8, and interested participants can register by calling MACC at 419-589-6363 ext. 65052.

For those who prefer a different location, classes will also be available at the Pioneer Career and Technology Center, located at 27 Ryan Rd., Shelby. These classes will be held on Tuesdays from September 12 to November 21, between 7–9 pm. To register, call the Adult Education Department at 419-347-7744 by September 8.

What You’ll Learn

The ABC course is comprehensive, covering a plethora of topics that range from basic seamanship and boating terms to more advanced subjects like chart plotting and digital charting. Some of the key topics include:

  • Current Ohio boating rules and regulations
  • Boat handling and anchoring
  • Aids to navigation
  • Marine radio communication
  • Basic and advanced seamanship
  • Introductory piloting and chart plotting
  • Training charts and basic navigation tools
  • Handling emergencies and mechanical problems

The course also meets the State of Ohio boating education requirement, making it a one-stop-shop for all your boating education needs.

The Mansfield Power Squadron

Founded in 1951 and chartered on February 7, 1952, the Mansfield Power Squadron has been an active member of District Seven of the United States Power Squadrons. Despite the technological advancements that have revolutionized boating, the MPS remains steadfast in its mission: “to promote and perpetuate high standards of navigation and seamanship.”

In addition to offering boating classes to the public, the MPS provides its members with opportunities to expand their knowledge through advanced grades and elective educational classes. They also conduct complimentary vessel safety checks at various popular boating locations, ensuring that boaters are well-equipped for their journeys.

For more information about the Mansfield Power Squadron, advanced boating courses, or for a complimentary vessel safety check, visit Mansfield Power Squadron or call 419-975-9724.

Why Take the Course: The Benefits

Participating in the ABC course not only enhances your boating skills but also offers tangible benefits like reducing the risk of accidents and injuries. Moreover, completion of the course could lead to savings on boat insurance and qualifies you for a state boat operator certificate.

So, whether you’re a beginner looking to dip your toes in the water or an experienced sailor wanting to brush up on your skills, the America’s Boating Course by the Mansfield Power Squadron is your gateway to a safer and more enjoyable time on the water.

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