America’s Boating Club to offer free seminars at Newport show

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As part of its charitable partnership with the Newport International Boat Show, the United States Power Squadrons’ America’s Boating Club will offer free educational seminars covering a variety of topics at this year’s event. The show will take next Thursday through Sunday on the waterfront in Newport, R.I.

“As the charitable partner of the Newport International Boat Show, we wanted to offer free courses that we truly believe will be beneficial to visitors of the show,” said Gary Cheney, chief commander of the United States Power Squadrons, in a statement. “The courses are designed for the general boating public, so we are really excited for the opportunity to educate as well as let showgoers know more about our organization.”

The seminars are just some of the attractions at this years’ Newport International Boat Show

The seminars are just some of the attractions at this years’ Newport International Boat Show

America’s Boating Club will offer five hour-long seminars free for show attendees and there will be several time slots for each seminar. The seminar descriptions are as follows:

•How to Read the Weather teaches boaters how to recognize different types of weather and how it affects the on-water experience. This seminar is offered Thursday and Friday at 11 a.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.

•About AIS teaches the basics of Automatic Identification Systems and how it’s used to communicate between vessels. It will take place Friday at 1 p.m., Saturday at 11;15 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.

•How to use a Modern VHF/DSC Marine Radio tells boaters how a VHF radio functions for routine and emergency communications. This course is offered Friday at 2:30 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 11:15 a.m.

•Using Radar explains how to implement radar as a piloting aid and reviews the basics of the system. It will be held Thursday at 1 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

•Anchoring Techniques will teach proper methods for anchoring and provide tips for different bottoms and how to handle issues that arise. The seminar will take place Thursday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

For more information, go to http://newportboatshow.com/index.php/attending-the-show/#usps-classes.

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