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Description Offerings
Americas Boating Course (ABC):

 America's Boating Course (ABC)

Learn the fundamentals of safe boat handling and operation plus basic piloting in this comprehensive classroom course. This newly revised course will give you the basics of line throwing, knot tying, boat handling, anchoring, navigation rules and aids, emergencies on the water and more. Instructors have many years of boating experience 

This course is recommended because of its detailed course study. With successful completion of our ABC course you receive a certificate of safe boating from the State. 

   Topics include:

  • Required Safety Equipment
  • Navigation Rules & Aids
  • Finding Your Way
  • Marlinspike (knots!)
  • State Vessel Registration & Regulations
  • Trailering
  • Anchoring
  • Communications Afloat
  • Lights and Sound signals

Graduates earn a Wisconsin DNR Safety Certificate The cost is $29.95 for the 244 page full color manual which is your text book.  $5.00 for one additional family member to share course materials.  Students are 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

 Students need a WDNR customer number before the class. Please go to to get your number.


 Questions, call Gregg at (920)544-3970 or e-mail:

Date and Time: Class Starts March 27 and runs for 4 weeks. Exam will on April 24th. Payment can be made at the first class. We take cash or checks
Location: Cabela's
Public cost: $29.95
Register for this class



Build boating confidence and competence for safe and fun on-the-water adventures.  Seamanship provides a foundation of knowledge and skills in boat handling and maneuvering, boat operation, skipper's responsibilities, and boating techniques that will advance your boating enjoyment.

What's included?

For both sail and power boats, Seamanship covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Types of boats and how they behave on the water
  • Anchoring in various conditions
  • Docking and line handling
  • Close quarter maneuvering
  • Rules of the road
  • Communication with other boats
  • How to respond to various emergencies
  • Marlinespike/basic knots
  • And other interesting topics

This course is normally completed in 8 two-hour sessions: six sessions of study, one session of review and one session for the exam.


This class will be offered in a classroom setting as well as an internet course.  If you can't make it to the classroom you can follow along online.  Please email with questions.

Questions, call Gregg at (920)544-3970 or e-mail:

Date and Time: Class runs for 8 weeks starting Oct. 10 - Nov 28 Tuesday evenings 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Brown County Library
Member cost: $55.00 Public cost: $75.00
Non-member Registration Member Registration

Piloting is the second of the Advanced Level courses and 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.
Course Covers:
  • Charts & Their Interpretation
  • Navigational Aids
  • Plotting Coursesand Determining Direction and Distance
  • Using a Compass
  • Converting between True and Magnetic
  • Using GPS
  • Preplanning Safe Courses
  • Monitoring progress and determining position on the water
  • Traditional Techniques such as Bearings and Dead Reckoning
Incl. 20 class-hours of instruction, USPS Piloting Course Student Guide, “Weekend Navigator”

 Prerequisite: SEAMANSHIP


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
Climatic Variables and Data

Incl. 20-22 Class-hours of Instruction

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