Following last year’s successful launching, which drew over 500 registrants, the Great Lakes Cruising Club School has expanded its webinar curriculum for 2011-12. Great Lakes recreational boaters may now choose from over 30 online tutorials conducted by experienced GLCC-accredited sail or power boating colleagues and specialists. Cruising Club membership is not required.
Live, on-screen presentations with visual aids provide an opportunity for participants to interact with the instructor and each other in a virtual classroom. Sessions typically run from 60-90 minutes, and only require a computer with speakers, a browser, and a reasonable-speed internet connection.
This year’s topics include introductions to several favored Great Lakes cruising areas, navigation skills, negotiating locks, boat and engine maintenance, women’s forum, energy management, fiberglass repair basics, weather, writing for the boating market, the Trent-Severn waterway, provisioning, cruising with pets, marine photography, and more. For further information and a listing of subjects and instructors go to www.GLCCSchool.com.
Feedback by 2010-11 enrollees has been enthusiastic, endorsing the content and effectiveness of on-line learning, instructor qualifications, ease of interaction and low cost. There are no tests.
If you register and miss a live presentation, you can access a recording of your webinar for six weeks. Or, within that period, you can still register and view the recording.
The GLCCSchool is sponsored by the Great Lakes Cruising Club, a non-profit organization founded in 1934, with a membership exceeding 2500 U. S. and Canadian boaters (www.glcclub.com). Registration costs are low because of volunteer involvement and the school’s goal of reaching as many Great Lakes cruising boaters as possible. For details and registration go to www.GLCCSchool.com, and click on “Create an Account.” Once you are signed up, you will periodically receive email notices as new webinars are scheduled.