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


Seminar Description Schedule
Using VHF/DSC Marine Radio : Member cost: $35.00 - Non-member cost: $45.00
Using VHF/DSC Marine Radio 
VHF radio is the mainstay of coastal communication and essential for emergency communications. Digital Selective Calling (DSC) is rapidly becoming a reality as more Coast GuardRescue 21 System operations go live. Currently, the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts are operational with DSC and all USCG vessels are DSC equipped. The Great Lakes and OCONUS islands (stations San Juan, Honolulu and Guam) will be complete by early 2012 and the western rivers will be active by 2014. Alaskan stations will come on line in 2017.
DSC vastly simplifies and improves rescue and routine call signaling - making it easier to make a call while the system frees up Channel 16 for essential communications. However, you need to know how to use it. This seminar answers those needs and explains basic VHF operation. A CD is included with a DSC Simulator that allows you to practice on your computer at home. A handy waterproof McGraw-Hill Captain's Quick GuideUsing VHF is included with essential information that you should have aboard, which will explain to anyone on your crew how to use the radio.
Location: West Marine
976 Big Beaver, Troy, Mi
Date and Time: 5/13/2017
Start Time: 0930
Non-member Registration Member Registration
Boating on Rivers, Locks, and Lakes: Member cost: $35.00 - Non-member cost: $45.00

Boating on Rivers, Locks, and Lakes

The United States has over 30,000 miles of improved waterways - some of the finest boating to be found anywhere. This seminar introduces boaters to this inland cruising world.
The seminar deals with such varied topics as special navigation rules for rivers, the Western Rivers System of buoys and marks, river currents, “reading” a river, jetties and wing dams, the intricacies of locking through, and communicating with lock masters and bridge tenders. Learn about your local waters from experienced inland boaters. Each student receives a full color Student Guide especially written for the seminar.

 In less than 2 hours, you will learn about:

  • Special Navigation Rules for Rivers
  • Western Rivers System of Buoys and Marks
  • River Currents
  • “Reading” a River
  • Jetties
  • “Locking Through”
  • Communicating with Lock Masters and Bridge Tenders
  • Things Unique to Inland Cruising
  • Jetties
  • Wing Dams
                                   - And More -


Location: West Marine
976 Big Beaver
Troy, MI
Date and Time: June 10, 2017 at 0930
Non-member Registration Member Registration



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