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About GLCCSchool

Welcome to GLCCSchool! Now well onto its second decade, the GLCCSchool offers a broad range of webinars that will appeal to all Great Lakes cruisers. Take a look at our Open Classes and Future Classes to see what is currently available or coming up.

Over the past decade, GLCCSchool has served thousands of students in the Great Lakes cruising community by providing a broad array of informative webinars addressing cruising-related topics and skills. Whether you're looking to learn more about the latest anchoring techniques and equipment, radar, boat maintenance, solar power, energy management, weather forecasting or are simply seeking experienced local knowledge on the hottest cruising areas in the Great Lakes, GLCCSchool has the webinar for you.

GLCCSchool is an offering of the Great Lakes Cruising Club, a non-profit organization of roughly 2500 US and Canadian members dedicated to encouraging recreational boaters to safely explore our five beautiful Great Lakes and connecting waterways. As a non-profit, the Great Lakes Cruising Club strives to provide affordable and informative cruising-related webinars to the greatest number of cruising boaters possible, with webinar registration fees used to help offset operating costs.

GLCCSchool webinars are conducted by experienced GLCC-accredited sail or power boating colleagues and industry specialists. Our webinars include instructors such as solar and high tech battery expert Tom Trimmer, rigging expert Joe Parker, radar expert Larry Brandt and diesel expert Jim Zima. On top of that our GLCCSchool instructors include cruisers who know the Great Lakes like the back of their hand.  People like long distance cruising expert and GLCC past Commodore Bill Rohde and experienced North Channel and Georgian Bay cruiser and GLCC Rear Commodore Dave Spencer.

GLCCSchool webinars are open to everyone, whether they are a Great Lakes Cruising Club member or not. Members of the US and Canadian Power Squadrons are eligible for a $5.00 discount. Webinars are absolutely free for memebers of the Great Lakes Crusing Club. For further information on discounts see the GLCC website's GLCCSchool Page, the USPS web site (, or the CPSS website ( respectively.

All you need to participate in GLCCSchool webinars is a computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) with speakers or headphones, a browser, a reasonable speed internet connection and a desire to learn more about cruising our Great Lakes.

Questions? Just proceed to the Contact Us page and fill out the contact form there. One of our GLCCSchool Coordinators will get back to you.

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Upcoming classes

There are currents in all of the five Great Lakes, and the prevailing winds and outflow of water to the ocean affect these systems. Generally, the currents’ speed is estimated to be between one and four statute miles per hour. They are therefore significant to the movement and safety of today’s recreational boat traffic, and influence both passage times and fuel economy. People who engage in long-distance sailboat racing or cruising on the Great Lakes may find Great Lakes Currents of particular interest.
One of the best parts of cruising is sharing a rum drink with friends at the end of a perfect day on the water. For centuries, cruisers around the world have saluted the setting sun, rum glass in hand. How rum became part of this tradition goes back hundreds of years.
Making the leap to that first longer-distance overnight passage can be intimidating. It shouldn’t be. From this webinar you'll gain the confidence to undertake longer passages including overnights, sharply expanding your cruising horizons. Plus, you'll find that longer passages definitely add a special dimension to the cruising experience.