Boating On Rivers, Lakes and Locks Seminar
13 JULY 2013

Frontenac Park, Union Springs, NY 13160

Email questions to:   or call: 607-760-9575 

Information and Registration Below


Some of the topics covered

  • Things unique to Inland Cruising
  • Special navigation rules for rivers
  • River currents
  • “Reading” a river
  • Jetties
  • Locking through a canal
  • Communicating with lock masters and bridge tenders
  • Western Rivers System of buoys and marks
  • Wing dams

and more……


This all day event is open to anyone wishing to learn how to safely navigate inland rivers and canals and includes an actual lock-through experience.

The seminar deals with such varied topics as special navigation rules for rivers, the Western Rivers System of buoys and marks, river currents, “reading” a river, jetties and wing dams, the intricacies of locking through, and communicating with lock masters and bridge tenders.

Learn about your local waters from experienced inland boaters.

Each student receives a full color Student Guide especially written for the seminar.

Three local chapters of the United States Power Squadrons will combine their skills to present a fun and interesting seminar on July 13, 2013.

The seminar will be held at Frontenac Park in Union Springs, NY on Saturday, July 13th and begins at 9:00 AM. 

The seminar provides class instruction followed by an on the water exercise with a guided trip through the lock at the north end of Cayuga Lake. Bring your boat or a ride can be arranged for you. 

Enjoy a cook-out following the cruise which is included in the seminar at a cost of $50 for USPS member or $60 for non-members. Family members are welcome to attend. There is a additional charge of $5 for each family member attending the cook-out.

Reservations are required - Deadline is July 6, 2013

Details & Overview

  1. Pricing: Member - $50.00; Non-Member - $60.00  An additional family member may share a seminar book at an additional charge of $5.00.  Price includes a cook-out after the “cruise”, featuring picnic fare, such as hotdogs, hamburgers, soft drinks and more.
  2. Family members not taking the seminar are welcome to attend the cook-out at a cost of $5:00 each.
  3. If you are unable to bring your boat, a ride can be provided on a guest boat. Space is limited
  4. Participants attending without a boat and riding on a guest boat are required to have a properly sized PFD(s) for younger family members.  Only adult PFD(s) can be provided on guest boats. 
  5. Registration required by July 6, 2013
  6. Lock-through limited to approximately15 boats.
  7. Boats arriving for the seminar, or the lock-through exercise, can anchor out or tie up depending on dock space. There are several launch ramps at nearby marinas. We will contact you about marina accommodations after you register.  We can provide a water taxi, if required.
  8. Participants are encouraged to bring drinks and a light lunch
  9. Participants with boats for the lock-through exercise are required to have proper vessel registration and safety equipment as mandated by federal and state regulations. This would include PFD(s) of the correct size for each person onboard, fire extinguisher(s), sounding device, etc. A marine VHF Radio or handheld will be required.  Long dock lines may also be necessary for the lock through. 
  10. Free Vessel Safety Checks by certified examiners will be provided.
  11. Marine VHF radio will be used to coordinate the on-the water activities and the lock-through exercise. Channel 71 will be used for the event.
8:00 AM  to 9:00 AM       Registration
9:00  AM to 11:00 AM       Seminar
11:00 AM  to 12:30 PM       Prepare for “cruise” and lunch
12:30 PM to 4:00 PM       Lock through and return (time varies based on number of boats)
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM       Boat retrieval for trailered boats; secure boats remaining in the water
5:30PM          Cookout

From the North: Take 5 and 20 to Rt 90 and drive South to Union Springs, right on Chapel Street.
From the South: Take 34B north to King Ferry then to Rt 90 north through Aurora to Union Springs, then left on Chapel Street.

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Sponsored by Auburn, Ithaca and Susquenango Sail and Power Squadrons

Local units of the United States Power Squadrons ®

The United State Power Squadrons® is a non-profit fraternal educational boating organization and is the country’s largest boating club.  We are dedicated to safe boating through education.

Reservations are required - Deadline is July 6, 2013

Email questions to:   or call: 607-760-9575 

              Online Registration (recommended)

  Note: To receive a registration conformation, please include a current email address when asked. 

 We respect your privacy.  This information and email address will not be used for any purpose other than for your Course Certificate and to contact you about this seminar only.


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