A variety of courses are offered by the Santa Clara Power Squadron, both to the public and to our members.


Description Schedule
Seamanship (S):

This course is the recommended first course for new members, both power boaters and sailors.  The student learns basic deck seamanship and boat operation and maintenance:  navigation rules, hull design and performance, responsibilities of the skipper, boat care, operating a boat under normal and abnormal conditions, what to do in various emergencies and weather conditions, ropes, knots and anchoring, nautical customs and common courtesy on the water. 

Location: TBD
Date and Time: Not Scheduled
Piloting (P):

Piloting Icon.This course introduces the fundamentals of coastal and inland navigation -- marine charts, buoys, use of the compass, planning and plotting courses, and use of both electronic and traditional techniques for finding one’s way on the water.


Date and Time: Not Scheduled
Advanced Piloting (AP):

Advanced Piloting Icon

This course builds Piloting to teach how to navigate safely in coastal waters – use of GPS, radar, and other electronics to safely navigate and avoid hazards, prediction of tides and tidal currents and their impact on boat position, and advanced positioning techniques. 

Date and Time:
Not Scheduled
Navigation (N):

 Navagtor Icon.This course advances of celestial navigation skills and understanding for offshore navigation.


Date and Time: Not scheduled
Junior Navigation (JN):

 Junior Navigator Icon.This course begins the study of offshore (open-ocean) navigation – planning passages with special open-ocean charts and tracking progress using both traditional celestial navigation and electronics.


Location: South Bay Yacht Club, Alviso
Date and Time: 26 February 2018
ABC Public Boating Class: - Non-member cost: $40.00


Course Covers:

The America's Boating Course (ABC) provides instruction in the fundamentals of safe boating. This newly revised course consists of four chapters taught in two-hour segments over four consecutive Tuesday evenings. It is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

For more information, contact Don Hardy at donfhardy@yahoo.com



Location: Wilcox High School Faculty Lounge, 3250 Monroe St, Santa Clara
Date and Time: 1 May 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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Seminars and Elective Courses

Description Schedule
CPR/First Aid Training: Member cost: $40.00 - Non-member cost: $40.00

Learn how to save a life from the professional staff at the Red Cross. Become certified and rest assured you will know what to do when the time comes.  

Location: TBD
Date and Time: 11 March - 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Non-member Registration Member Registration