Our normal education courses are scheduled between September through April, with seminars all year. Check back for current schedules.

A variety of courses are offered by the Birmingham Power Squadron, both to the public and to our members.

Course Description Schedule
Weather: Member cost: $80.00 - Non-member cost: $130.00

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, but weather observations only have meaning in the context of the basic principles of meteorology — the science of the atmosphere.
The course focuses on how weather systems form, behave, move, and interact with one another and reflects the availability of all sorts of weather reports and forecasts on the Internet.
Wx2012 is a general weather course benefiting those sitting in their living rooms, as much as those standing behind the helm.
Each student receives:
  • a Weather Manual - USPS Weather - an explanatory text with full color photographs and drawings covering weather in the United States and its coastal and inland waters;
  • a set of three Daily Weather Maps - learning aids with a compete explanation of map symbols designed to develop weather map reading and analysis skills; and
  • NOAA’s Sky Watcher Chart - a reference to assist in identifying cloud types – helpful indicators of approaching weather.
Course Covers: 
  • Effects of Heat and Cold
  • Wind and Pressure
  • Storms & Fronts
  • Rain, Humidity, Fog
  • Hydrological Cycles
  • Thunderstorms and Tornados
  • Tropical Weather
  • Weather Data Analysis
  • Forecasting
  • Climatic Variables and Data
Incl. 20-22 Class-hours of Instruction
Location: Anthony Franco Communications Center 44555 Woodward Avenue Pontiac, MI 48341
Date and Time: Class starts on March 27th
1900 - 2100 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Non-member Registration Member Registration
Cruising and Cruise Planning : Member cost: $90.00 - Non-member cost: $140.00
Cruising and Cruise Planning
Course Includes:
  • Cruise Preparation and Planning
  • Boat & Needed Equipment
  • Chartering
  • Outside the United States
  • Crew Selection; Provisions
  • Voyage Managment; Navigation
  • Weather; Emergencies

    Minimum Registration:  6 students. Don't miss out:   Please register by September 14 to save a place. Former Students welcome.

Includes 18-20 class-hours of instruction, USPS Cruise Planning Course Student Guide

Location: Bloomfield Hills City Hall
Long Lake just East of Woodward
Date and Time: NEW DATE: 8 Thursdays, starting September 21, 7 pm to 9 pm
Non-member Registration Member Registration



Site Design by Natural Software