Education Department

Lasning Sail & Power Squadron offers boating courses to boaters in the Lansing area on a regular basis. Successfully completing United States Power Squadrons' America's Boating Course meets the educational requirements for boat operation in all states. USPS has educated more than 3 million boaters to date. Increasing your boating skills will enhance your safety on the water and your enjoyment of the sport.

America's Boating Course

America's Boating Course (ABC) is designed to be useful to every type of boater - inboard, outboard, sail, PWC, anglers, and hunters.

All boaters should learn about nautical rules and regulations, and skippers should learn and respect traditional boating courtesies. The course are meant to be of interest to the entire family; older children are welcome. We encourage your family to attend as a group.

There are homework questions at the end of each section to assist retention of the information presented. Successful completion of the exam makes graduates more knowledgeable boaters and typically qualifies them for reduced insurance rates. The courses are also approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). NASBLA approved courses are recognized throughout the United States.

If our instructor led courses do not fit your schedule, America's Boating Course is available for home study.

In addition to the course material, a fellow boater in your area from either USPS® or the CG Auxiliary will contact you with an offer of assistance regarding state regulations, taking a final exam, and answering any other questions you may have. The United States Power Squadrons® and the Coast Guard Auxiliary are at your disposal.

Our current course schedule is listed below.

Advanced Boating Courses

In addition to America's Boating Coursem, the squadron offers several advanced boating courses. These courses include:

Current Schedule of USPS Courses

Courses start at 7PM unless noted otherwise.

 abc cover sm2Ameria's Boating Course

Date: A;pr 17
6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Haslett Middle School
Registration 517-339-2665
Course fee: $20, Material Fee $30 (due 1st night)

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Date: A;pr 24
Location: Headquarters
Registration & Information
Course Fee $55 nonmembers/$35 members
Pre-register 7 days in advance

 abc cover sm2Ameria's Boating Course

Date: May 1
Location: Headquarters
Registration & Information
Course fee: $20, Material Fee $30 (due 1st night)

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Date: May 9
Location: Haslett Middle School
Registration 517-339-2665
Course Fee: $30, Material Fee $25 (due 1st night)

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Date: May 29
Location: Headquarters
Registration & Information

Course fee: $90 nonmembers/$60 members

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USPS Seminar Series

Seminars are a great way to learn about a specific topic concentrated into a manageable, two-hour commitment.  These focused sessions help you round out your understanding and knowledge of a variety of boating topics.

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United States Power Squadrons Guides

United States Power Squadrons' guides are generally short booklets that provide useful information on a variety of marine-related topics. They are available from United States Power Squadrons Headquarters by calling 1-888-FOR-USPS between 8:30AM and 4:00PM ET Monday through Friday, or on-line via the United States Power Squadrons Ship's Store.  Shipping and handling costs will be added to the prices below.  Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted.  These same items are also available to USPS members at reduced rates through their Squadron Educational Officer.

Some guides are also available to the public at various marine supply stores and book stores.

These items may be used in USPS classroom courses and seminars or for home study.  Follow the link for a description of the item.

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America's Boating Course Available for Home Study

If our instructor led courses do not fit your schedule, America's Boating Course 3 is available for home study.
The manual and a CD containing the course ware and a charting DVD are provided with each purchase, as well as a PIN (Personal Identification Number) that provides you with Internet access to the course ware. Learn the basics of boating on-line at your own pace, at home or away, using either a PC or a Macintosh.

Qualified, enthusiastic, and experienced USPS instructors will provide ABC3 student support as a civic service. They will provide state specific information that the student is expected to know. Once the ABC student has mastered the course material and the state rules and regulations, the student to take a proctored exam, thus completing the course. While the content of the ABC3 student manual serves as the basis for this course, it will also serve as a reference book in basic boating long after the course work is completed.

Nearby Boating Courses

If the course you want is not available locally, you might be able to find a course nearby.

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