Mid Illini is offering three successive 2-hour seminars on 3/25/2019, 4/1/2019, and 4/15/2019.
These seminars are available to the public. Cost is $20 for materials.
United States Power Squadron Trailering Seminar 3/25/2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bloomington, IL
Trailering Your Boat Overcome boating boredom by trailering your boat to areas with better fishing, weather, or camping facilities. You'll gain the skills and tips needed to safely move your trailerable boat as well as maintenance hints and boat ramp etiquette. Get tips on protecting your gear before, during, and after transit, and learn the "one-block rule". This two-hour seminar includes how to select tow vehicles, hitches, and trailers, how to safely and securely trailer your boat, launch it, and retrieve it, and how to operate and maintain your trailering equipment. What's included?
The challenge of trailering
Choosing your vehicle
Types of hitches
Choosing and equipping your trailer
The art of towing
Launching your boat
United States Power Squadron Basic Weather Forecasting Seminar 4/1/2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bloomington, IL
Basic Weather and Forecasting Are the winds too strong? What is a small craft advisory? The safety and comfort of those who venture out on the water have always been weather dependent. This seminar, a must for boaters who have never taken a weather course, will help you answer these questions and gain an understanding of the forces acting on your boat. Understand the forecast and know what to expect, whether you're in a kayak, trawler, sailboat, or schooner. This seminar presents a complex subject in a way that is both understandable and useful. Each seminar participant receives a Student Guide with slide images and complete notes written especially for the seminar. What's included?
What causes weather
How weather systems move
Why winds blow
What clouds tell us
How storms and fronts create foul weather
Why fog forms
Where to get the best professional forecasts
How to refine them using your own observations
United States Power Squadron Anchoring Seminar 4/15/2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bloomington, IL
Anchoring Don't drift! Understand the issues and problems involving anchoring, such as anchor types and sizes. Learn Proper anchoring techniques for your area. By understanding anchoring conditions and situations, you'll protect your boat and get a good night's sleep on the water. The seminar materials inclcude the Anchoring Seminar booklet and an optional Anchoring Quick Guide. What's included?