The basic four evening (8 hour + exam) course is designed to familiarize the student with the fundamentals of safe boating and to qualify for certification in most states that require boating education before operating a watercraft. Coverage includes safety equipment, trip planning, navigation rules and aids, state and federal regulations, anchoring, dealing with adverse conditions and emergencies, communications, trailering, and knots and lines. The information is useful for users of all sorts of watercraft (power, sail, paddle) and for both ocean and freshwater boating. The course includes an examination. An optional Part II course extension ( two weeks, four hours) introduces students to navigation and the use of charts - important information on determining where you are and how to go where you wish to go safely. Part II requires no homework or exam. Students who wish to continue through Part II may wish to purchase a course plotter ($7.50) and dividers ($15), although these are not necessary. Course tuition is $41 which includes the price of the student manual ($26) which may be shared. For students who wish to share, just add $15 per registration. Please bring a pen and paper to class. FMI contact instructor and Power Squadron member Dan Seneca at 564-7369
Tai Chi Chih, called “joy through movement”, is a relaxing meditation consisting of 19 gentle movements in a standing or sitting position. Tai Chi Chih originator Justin Stone recommends daily Tai Chi Chih practice “to achieve heightened energy, serenity and health, longevity, and weight and blood pressure control.” At the end of these sessions you will be prepared to include Tai Chi Chih practice as part of daily life to enhance your physical, mental and spiritual balance. You are most welcome to join us if you have practiced Tai Chi Chih and could benefit from a refresher.
An introduction to the basics of organic gardening, presented by the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (MOFGA). Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner? Join us for an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own garden organically. We’ll talk about the basics of soil, the fundamentals of making and using compost, the principles of crop rotation, and how to incorporate green manures to manage nutrients in the garden. Other topics will include basic weed control strategies and cultural methods for dealing with pests. All are welcome, from first-timers to experienced gardeners who want to experiment with new techniques. Children 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. We will even send you home with free seeds and all attendees will receive a copy of the presentation as well as resource guide. Instructor Jason Kafka and his wife have been farming for over 30 years on their one-hundred acre farm, Checkerberry Farm, in Parkman, Maine.
Bees are all the buzz and for good reason, too! Since the late 1990s, beekeepers around the world have observed the mysterious and sudden disappearance of bees, and report unusually high rates of decline in honeybee colonies (greenpeace.org). An estimated ? of all food is pollination dependent, so no bees = no food! In addition to bee conservation and habitat protection, the benefits of beekeeping are numerous. Honey not only tastes great, it also has many health benefits. Produce your own beeswax for candles, creams, lip balms and more. Bees will pollinate your gardens and fruit trees, making them more healthy. Please join Owen Blackden, an experienced local beekeeper for this one-night workshop where he’ll cover the history of beekeeping, present day beekeeping, equipment, and best placement for keeping bees. Owen has been keeping bees for 15 years and is a past president of the Penquis Beekeeper chapter of Maine State Beekeepers.
Dreamed of becoming a Maine Guide? Northeast Whitewater Lodge & Guide Service is holding a 3-day course April 18, 19, and 20 at PVAEC for students to learn and perfect what you need to know to successfully pass the State administered Registered Maine Recreation Guide exam; including map & compass, lost person/catastrophic event portion, watercraft laws, trip planning, safety, risk management, camping, outdoor cooking, rules and regulations, ATV, snowmobile, canoeing skills, the business side of guiding and more! You will receive hands on learning with classroom time spent both in and outdoor for scenarios and learning practices. Checklist for enrollment: Sign up by calling Northeast Whitewater 207-695-0151 or FMI here: https://northeastwhitewater.com/programs/registered-maine-guide-school/ Reference PVAEC and receive 10% OFF! First Aid & CPR is required to take the State of Maine written exam. Take Northeast Whitewater Wilderness First Aid & CPR to save an additional 15% OFF both courses! Maine Recreation Guide Course is April 18-20.
Our Wilderness First Aid & CPR course will help you prepare for the unexpected. This 2-day, hands-on training is being held April 25-26 at PVAEC and is designed to meet the needs of Registered Maine Guides, trip leaders, summer camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make decisions in remote emergency situations. Adult CPR / AED is included with all Wilderness First Aid Courses. All American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid & CPR courses are for ages 14 and older. Checklist for enrollment: Sign up by calling Northeast Whitewater 207-695-0151 or FMI here: https://northeastwhitewater.com/programs/wilderness-first-aid-courses/ Reference PVAEC and receive 10% OFF! Interested in becoming a Maine Guide? First aid and CPR is required. Take Northeast Whitewater Maine Guide Course to save an additional 15% OFF both courses! WFA/CPR is April 25-26 at PVAEC.