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Welcome to Banana River Sail and Power Squadron's voyage through our website!

As proud members of the United States Power Squadrons and District 23 - we welcome you to an energetic group of 100 members strong. To contact the Banana River Sail and Power Squadron for more information or to contact the Bridge Officers, please use the our telephone number 321-220-7775 to leave your voice mail.

General Meetings are held at 1830 every third Monday of the month except for December.
Location: See latest information in either Dragon Tales or the Short Sheet.

Check our Squadron's newsletter Dragon Tales, Short Sheet, and on Facebook


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Upcoming Classes - Our complete list of scheduled classes


Basic Boating - ABC3

You will learn the fundamentals of safe boat handling, operation, and basic piloting in two 4-hr comprehensive classroom courses. This course meets Florida State and National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) requirements for certification. Completion of the course is accepted by most insurance companies. You will learn the basics of what you need to safely and comfortably go on the water with your boat. This comprehensive course includes lessons on seamanship, boat handling, boat types, rules of the road, navigation aids, regulations, adverse conditions, marine VHF radio, trailering and personal watercraft operation. An on-the-water session will also be held demonstrating trailer launching and retrieval; undocking, basic boat handling, anchoring and docking.

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Junior Safe Boating

For Ages: 11 to 17 years. Learn the basics of boat handling, safety, navigation rules, government regulations, and water sports. Attendance at the 3-day course and passing the test is required to obtain a Boating Safety Education ID card, as required by FL State Law to operate a boat.

Contact the Satellite Beach Recreation Center at 321-773-6458 to register. Fee $11.00

Piloting

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 oncourse.

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