Cape Coral Sail and Power Squadron

Power Squadron Education Services

Featured Upcoming Seminars:  Seamanship, Piloting, Sail, & More 

Piloting – This is an advanced course and recommended for all new members. Why Piloting? Because one of the principal goals of the Squadron is to be an organization of safe boaters. Our members should lead by example and the skills learned in Piloting will go a long way in helping members become knowledgeable and safe boaters.



Sail – This is another elective course and also a requisite for achieving a full certificate. It is a particularly useful course for all members who sail or would like familiarity with sailing. It 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.



VHF Radio Course

VHF radio is the mainstay of coastal communication and is essential for emergency communications. Digital Selective Calling (DSC) is rapidly becoming a reality as more Coast Guard Rescue 21 System operations go live.


GPS Course

The seminar also shows you how to operate your GPS – what the buttons do, what the screens show, and how to access the functions you need. A handheld GPS is used as the demonstration model, but all GPS receivers function similarly.


On Board Weather Forecasting

Changing weather conditions can convert what was a delightful day on the water into a real challenge. Forecasting what weather you will encounter is one of the top priorities for safe boating. Should we go out? When should we come in?


How to Use A Chart

Charts provide information essential to your safety afloat. Even with GPS and electronic navigation, the chart is needed to tell you what is around you and between you and your intended destination. A system of symbols is used by cartographers to tell you what lies below the surface of the water and the depths of water.


Advanced Power Boat Handling

Historically it took many years’ experience to be truly at ease and skilled at handling a powerboat. This skill was achieved over years of on the water trial and error experience. What about the rest of us? Here’s a good way to get there quickly and safely. This seminar is a three-part series: Close Quarters Maneuvering, How Boats Behave and Seas, and Handling at Sea.


Anchoring Course

This seminar covers selection of anchor, rode and components; anchor selection for sea conditions and bottom characteristics; deployment and recovery of anchors.


Hurricanes and Boats Seminar

This is a mini-seminar. It covers how to select a location and prepare your boat for a hurricane. The kit includes Student Notes with copies of the slides


Knots, Bends and Hitches

The Knots, Bends, and Hitches seminar is a hands-on "learn how to tie knots" program geared to a wide range of audiences.


Marine Radar Seminar

This seminar covers how radar functions, radar selection, operation of the radar under various conditions including setting of controls, display interpretation, basic navigation, and collision avoidance using radar.


Mariner's Compass Seminar

The marine compass is still the boaters primary navigation tool, and an essential tool when all else fails. This seminar explains how to select, install, calibrate and use your compass on board your boat.

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Cape Coral Sail & Power Squadron
917 SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL

(239) 549-9754

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