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Continuing Education 


The Beaverton Sail and Power Squadron is offering a course on BOAT HANDLING. This is a great next course after your basic boating safety for your education card. The virtual meeting will start Monday September 13th, 2021, 07:00-09:00 PM.

The BOAT HANDLING curriculum comprises a full six-part (2 hours each) Boat Handling course:

  • Rules of the Road: A Practical Approach
  • Confidence in Docking and Undocking: Slow-Speed Maneuvering
  • Boating with Confidence: Handling Your Boat Underway
  • Anchoring with Assurance: Don't Get Carried Away
  • Emergencies on Board: Preparation to Handle Common Problems
  • Knots and Line Handling: The Knots You Need to Know

Price of $90 includes e-book and $140 for a couple sharing one e-book. Pricing includes the exam.

Please register at:

Additional questions can be sent to the Squadron Education Officer at

The meeting code will be sent prior to the start of course. 


US Power Squadron's Jump Start Program

Jump Start, an America’s Boating Club, aka US Power Squadron, the program provides a framework for providing one-on-one training to a member or non-member student on the student's own boat. The student should be the owner of a new boat, or at least a boat new to them. The student should have some boating experience, but limited experience with a boat of the type for which the training will be conducted. 

The content of the training is customized to fit the needs of the individual student. The goal is to help the new boat owner develop essential skills for the safe operation of their boat and to break through any barriers that may limit their boating enjoyment. Up to two hours of training can be scheduled. This provides a reasonable amount of time to teach a number of skills.

The Jump Start Program provides a personalized, high-quality training experience for the student. There is no charge for the program.

To sign up for the Jump Start program go to the United States Power Squadron, America’s Boating Club, District 32 Website: and sign up.

(Note, this course does not satisfy requirements for the Oregon Boater Education Card)

Boating Safety Videos for Portland Water Recreationists 

Featuring Portland Harbormaster Sean Whalen and Ashley Massey from the Marine Board, address Willamette River -specific safety considerations on this navigable, mixed-use waterway.

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