Upcoming Courses

America's Boating  Course - ABC - Boating Safety and Knowledge - Feb 9, 2019. 8 am  - 5 pm.
Weather - Be your Own Forecaster - Wednesdays, January 30 - March 20, 2019.
Cruising and Cruise Planning Saturdays, Jan 26, Feb 9, 16, 23, 2019. 8 am-noon
Seamanship - Tuesdays, March 5 - April 23,  2019,  5-7 pm.
Piloting - TBD 8 weeks. Course information below.
Marine Electronics - TBD Course information below.

Please check out the Event Calendar for currently scheduled classes.

Marine Electronic Systems Series

We are gauging interest in the USPS electrical elective sequence, starting with Marine Electrical Systems and progressing on to Marine Communications Systems and Electronic Navigation.  We would like to start this sequence this winter or spring.  The USPS Education Department strongly recommends taking Electrical Systems as a pre-requisite for taking either Communications Systems or Electronic Navigation, as a familiarity with basic electrical theory and onboard electrical power systems is fundamental to both of the latter courses.  However, if you took Electrical Engineering 101 in college, or have a strong understanding of the basics of electricity, I would be willing for you to sit in on class sessions of your choosing and take the final exam of Electrical Systems, and then go on to one or both of the others.  

The cost of course materials for Electrical Systems and Communication Systems will be about $50, and about $60 for Electronic Navigation, depending on the number of students in each course.  Contact our Squadron Education Officer for more information.

Piloting

is the first of a two-part program of study of inland and coastal navigation, and is the follow-on Advanced Grade course after Seamanship. The focus is on the fundamentals of basic piloting “ keeping track of your movements on the water, determining where you are at any given moment, and laying out a course to your planned destination. Included are a thorough study of charts and their use, aids to navigation, mariner's compass, variation and deviation, bearings, dead reckoning, and developing skill at plotting and labeling.   Ten class sessions, plus closed book exam and open book exam, are planned for Thursday evenings beginning 26 February and running through 30 April.  If you are seriously interested in this course but this schedule does not work for you, by all means let me know “ we may be able to move the classes to a different day that will work for all.

 Any member of Music City Power Squadron, both those who have recently completed Seamanship and anyone who has completed Seamanship in prior years, is welcome. Contact our Squadron Education Officer for more information.

Nashville Boating

Upcoming Events and Educational Opportunities:

EVENTS
Raft-Up for all members and Friends - September 22, 2019 - Begins 2:00 p.m. on Old Hickory Lake at the in front of the pirate ship at Boxwell Boym Scout Camp.  The members and friends will meet at Cherokee Stake House by water or land at 5:00 p.m. for cocktails with dinner to follow at 6:00.  THe Lat and Long is:  36 degrees 18' 27.58 N; 86 degrees 28' 14.45" W.  For anyone joining the raft up by land, please contact Bobby or Barry at jrbnaylor@aol.com or bscleveland61@gmail.com.  Please contact Bobby for dinner reservations.  

UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES - 

Boating Safety Class - June date to be determined based on advance registration.  This class will include the Tennessee Boaters Certification upon passing the exam at the end of the class.  Students for the Tennessee Boaters Certification must bring the TN Wildlife Type 600 Boating Safety Exam Permit available at locations selling hunting/fishing license to qualify for the TN Boating Safety Certificate.  Americas Boating Club is world largest boating club providing boating safety classes and free Vessel Safety Inspection nationally NASBLA approved.  Please contact Randy Stone at rstone@nashvillemachine.com for registration information and date.  

 

SAFETY TIP
 ELECTRICAL SHOCK DROWNING (ESD) BY DIY AC SAFETY TEST FOR BOAT AND DOCK OWNERS.  All boat and dock owners must check your AC electrical system for stray current that could cause electrical shock and potential death to swimmers.  It could save a life.

SPRING BOATING CHECK LIST - PLEASE REVIEW THIS CHECK LIST AS YOU PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRST LAUNCH.

VESSEL SAFETY CHECKS - Americas Boating Club's Vessel Safety Inspectors are eager to inspect your boat anytime during the 2019 boating season for FREE.  Please request Vessel Safety Inspections via our online request in the Vessel Safety Check tab.  A Vessel Safety Inspector will contact you shortly after your request is recieved.  

 

2019 Bridge Leadership

Commander -

Cdr Ray Alley, AP-IN

Squadron Education Officer -

Lt/C Randy Stone, P

Assistant Education Officer -

1st Lt Art Chapman, P

Secretary -

Lt/C Barry Cleveland, AP

Treasurer -

Lt/C Bobby Naylor, AP

Member-at-Large -

1/Lt Jane Malatak, P

1/Lt Jack Rubey, S

 

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