Friday Harbor Power Squadron becomes largest in the Northwest, launches boating education program focused on local knowledge

Posted April 12, 2022 at 7:51 pm by

The Fri­day Har­bor Pow­er Squadron shares an update about the growth of their orga­ni­za­tion and a new edu­ca­tion pro­gram that focus­es on the unique chal­lenges of boat­ing in the San Juan Islands.

It is rare when a local orga­ni­za­tion from an island of only 7,000 res­i­dents can out­per­form sim­i­lar groups from large cities like Seat­tle and Taco­ma. The non-prof­it Fri­day Har­bor Pow­er Squadron, also known as America’s Boat­ing Club of the San Juan Islands, has just become the largest, and fastest grow­ing, boat­ing edu­ca­tion orga­ni­za­tion in the Pacif­ic Northwest.

Not rest­ing on its lau­rels, ABCSJI has announced a new series of sem­i­nars, webi­na­rs, work­shops and on-the-water train­ing pro­grams aimed at help­ing local and vis­it­ing boaters con­fi­dent­ly enjoy our local waters and marine envi­ron­ment. Whether you just got your boater’s card or are a long-term boater; whether you have a kayak, sail­boat, fish­ing skiff, or cruis­er; there will be some knowl­edge you can use to bet­ter appre­ci­ate and trea­sure our unique island environment.

Led by nation­al­ly rec­og­nized boat­ing edu­ca­tor Ann Ein­bo­den and oth­er island experts, all con­tent in the pro­gram is focused our unique envi­ron­ment here in the San Juan Islands. The first ses­sion of the pro­gram, Cruis­ing the San Juans (Part I), will be held on Mon­day, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. as a Zoom webi­nar and sub­se­quent­ly avail­able as a recording.

Par­tic­i­pants of all boat­ing skill lev­els will learn about our unique nav­i­ga­tion­al chal­lenges, daz­zling parks and secret gunk­holes, local fish­ing, and wildlife appre­ci­a­tion oppor­tu­ni­ties. You can sharp­en your knowl­edge of the lat­est marine elec­tron­ics, learn how to best han­dle and main­tain your boat, pre­pare for long dis­tance cruis­ing, and con­fi­dent­ly respond to safe­ty haz­ards to your boat and crew.

The pro­gram is mod­u­lar, allow­ing expe­ri­enced pow­er and sail boaters to pol­ish spe­cif­ic skills and new boaters to devel­op a com­plete set of com­pe­ten­cies to enjoy the water. Ten mod­ules, one to two hours in dura­tion, are already avail­able or planned in two series — one focused on knowl­edge and skills devel­op­ment, and the oth­er on max­i­miz­ing the enjoy­ment of your time on the water.

Con­fi­dence Series

  • Boat Han­dling: on-the-water boat con­trol, anchor­ing and dock­ing practice
  • Fam­i­ly Safe­ty: prop­er prepa­ra­tion, risk avoid­ance and respons­es to haz­ardous situations
  • Marine Elec­tron­ics: local use of chart plot­ters, radar, AIS, VHF communications
  • Marine Main­te­nance: guid­ance from local ser­vice providers on main­tain­ing your boat
  • Cruis­ing the San Juans (Part 1): weath­er, cur­rent, hazards

Enjoy­ment Series

  • Cruis­ing the San Juans (Part 2): sam­ple itin­er­aries and spots to savor
  • Cross­ing Bor­ders: what you need to know to boat in Cana­da and beyond
  • North­west Cruis­ing: prepar­ing for trips into Cana­da and Alaska
  • San Juan Marine Ecosys­tems: learn from experts on local crea­tures, large and small
  • San Juan Islands Fish­ing and Crab­bing: local tips for fish­ing success

You can par­tic­i­pate in these pro­grams indi­vid­u­al­ly for a small fee or get full access for free as a mem­ber of the America’s Boat­ing Club of the San Juan Islands. Fam­i­ly mem­ber­ship is only $150 per year. Mem­ber­ship also includes the men­tor­ing and sup­port of oth­er expe­ri­enced boaters as well as par­tic­i­pa­tion in cruis­es and social events.

To reg­is­ter for any of these pro­grams or to join, vis­it and fol­low the instruc­tions pro­vid­ed there. Ques­tions can be sent to

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