Boating Courses for Spring 2020

Wide Range of Boating Courses Scheduled for Spring 2020

A number of squadrons in the local area are offering various boating courses during the Spring of 2020. The courses include Marine Navigation, Engine Maintenance, Electronic Navigation, Marine Electrical Systems, and the Safe Boating Course. Click here to see a complete list.

Greenwich One-Day Safe Boating Courses for Spring 2020

Once again, the Greenwich Squadron will be offering two Safe Boating Courses in the Spring. This class qualifies you for your Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate and also enables you to obtain the PWC/”Jet Ski” certificate. Emphasizing boating safety, topics include:  life jackets;  fire extinguishers; distress signals; operator responsibilities; boating regulations; fueling; boating courtesy; basic rules of navigation; buoys; sound signals; navigation lights, shapes, and sounds; boat registration; and environmental considerations. Our course is offered in conjunction with the Greenwich Marine Police.

The one-day course will be offered twice: First on Saturday April 18 and again on Saturday May 2. Both courses will be held at the Greenwich Police Station. For more details, contact Andy Cummings at GreenwichSquadron@gmail.com.

Weather Course (a must for all serious boaters)

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.  This 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. Boaters and non-boaters alike will benefit from delving into this fascinating subject.

Start date:       Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

                           Space is limited

Cost:                          $80 per student, member of America’s Boating Club

                                    $180 per student, not a member

                                    Discounts for families sharing materials

                                    Membership of America’s Boating Club of Greenwich is $100

When:                       7.00 – 9.00 pm over ten Tuesdays

Where:                     Greenwich Police Headquarters

11 Bruce Place, Greenwich, CT 06830

Pre-register:           https://tinyurl.com/Wx2019

Questions?              Susan Ryan: 203-998-1864 or GreenwichSquadron@gmail.com  

Instructors:            Jim Dobbs, Dan Dobryn   

*Now known as America’s Boating Club

January 16th Speaker Event: ‘Beyond the Tow’

2018 Sea Tow photoPlease join America’s Boating Club of Greenwich to hear Captain Bilski’s Long Island Sound fascinating tales (and exciting trials.)

Sea Tow is the #1 choice of boaters nationwide for boat towing and expert on-water assistance. They help boaters connect to highly professional, experienced captains who can help when it matters most.
In 2018 Capt. John Bilski took over the Sea Tow franchise covering the water from Greenwich to Milford, trading an insurance industry workplace for a snug office in a tiny cottage along the waterfront promenade at Bridgeport’s Captain’s Cove where his distinctive yellow and black Sea Tow vessel is moored.
He manages three full-time captains, two backup captains, and two on-call scuba divers – the latter come in if lines need to be attached below the surface or if a boat requires salvaging. They are always monitoring the VHF channels used by boaters out on the water, both at the Captain’s Cove location and in their homes.
“I was pretty much on the water from day one of my life,” Capt. Bilski says. “I used to fish with my family and we always vacationed on the water. I’ve been a boater and scuba diver and fished in these waters my entire life. So when the opportunity came up of buying the franchise, I jumped at it.”
NOTE:  Members of America’s Boating Club enjoy many popular benefits, one of which is a 10% discount to Sea Tow.  Details will be available at the event.

7 pm ~ Usual light refreshments will be served by French Chef Cécile

Greenwich Boat & Yacht Club, 9 Grass Island Road, Greenwich CT 06870

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    March 1st 2019 7 pm At Innis Arden Club
    180 Tomac Avenue ~ Old Greenwich CT 06870

October Meeting: Special Guest: Winner of the 2018 Newport/Bermuda Race

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Presented by skipper Justin Bonar and the Crew of YYZ

Darien member Joe Spinella joins his fellow crew in showing their race video, and answering all your questions about the race, their personal preparation, outfitting the boat, how YYZ was named, and those Bermuda shorts. Both Joe and skipper Justin have taken several of our courses.

Wednesday, October 17th, 7 pm