Mid-Illini Power Squadron

Mid-Illini Sail & Power Squadron Classes

The Mid-Illini Sail & Power Squadron is a great way to learn more about boating and safety.

To learn more about the Power Squadron's offerings or to register for the classes below, please visit: http://midilliniusps.weebly.com/


Upcoming Courses:


United States Power Squadron

Sail Course

10/15/2018

The USPS Sail Course is a classroom sail course created to serve the needs of the novice and experienced sailor, as well as the non-sailor, for basic skills and knowledge. The course starts with basic sailboat designs and nomenclature, rigging, safety, and sail processes and then tackles the physical aspects of sailing forces and techniques, sail applications, marlinespike, helmsmanship and handling of more difficult sailing conditions, navigation rules, and an introduction to heavy weather sailing.

The Mid Illini Sail & Power Squadron will be offering the USPS Sail Course at Our Redeemer Lutheran on successive Mondays for 8 weeks starting on 10/15/2018 at 7:00 PM.



United States Power Squadron

Piloting Course

10/15/2018

Piloting is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning.


Topics covered include:


  • Charts and their interpretation
  • Navigation aids and how they point to safe water
  • Plotting courses and determining direction and distance
  • The mariner’s compass and converting between True and Magnetic
  • Use of GPS – typical GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS route.
  • Pre-planning safe courses and entering them into the GPS
  • Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning
  • The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course.


The Mid Illini Sail & Power Squadron will be offering the USPS Piloting Course at Our Redeemer Lutheran on successive Mondays for 8 weeks starting on 10/15/2018 at 7:00 PM.

United States Power Squadron

Advanced Piloting Course

10/15/2018

Advanced Piloting is the second in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation. It continues to build coastal and inland navigation skill, allowing the student to take on more challenging conditions – unfamiliar waters, limited visibility, and extended cruises. GPS is embraced as a primary navigation tool while adding radar, chartplotters, and other electronic navigation tools. As with Piloting, the course includes many in-class exercises, advancing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning. Topics covered include:

  • Review of skills learned in Piloting
  • Advanced positioning techniques such as advancing a line of position
  • Other electronics: radar, depth sounders, autopilots, chartplotters, laptop computer software, etc.
  • Hazard avoidance techniques using electronics (e.g., “keep out” zones in GPS)
  • Collision avoidance using radar and GPS
  • Working with tides: clearances, depth, effects of current
  • Piloting with wind and currents
  • The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course