Enrichment Programs

American Boating Course


Learn the essential information to operate a boat: boat handling, seamanship, necessary equipment, boat trailering, and much more. This course exceeds educational requirements in all states and a test is given at the conclusion of the course to qualify you for a Washington Sate Boaters education certificate. Bring a sack lunch. Fee includes textbook interactive CD and all materials. Students are responsible for picking up supplies.
  • Instructors: Poverty Bay Power Squadron
  • Age 12 - Adult, $38
  • Public Works and Park Service Center - 2255 S. 223rd St.
Day 
Date 
Time 
Location 
Saturday  Feb. 18 8:00 - 4:00 pm Public Works and Parks Service Ctr.
Saturday Mar. 11 8:00 - 4:00 pm Public Works and Parks Service Ctr.
Saturday Apr. 15 8:00 - 4:00 pm Public Works and Parks Service Ctr.
Saturday  Jun. 3 8:00 - 4:00 pm Public Works and Parks Service Ctr.

Piloting - New


Piloting is the first of the advanced navigational classes focusing on techniques for piloting a boat in coastal and inland conditions. The course emphasizes planning and checking along with the use of GPS for determining position, and introduces digital charting along with traditional charting, compass and dead reckoning skills.
  • Instructors: Poverty Bay Power Squadron
  • Age 12 - Adult, $60
  • Public Works and Park Service Center - 2255 S. 233rd St.
Day 
Date  
Time
Tuesday Jan. 3 - Mar. 21 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Advanced Piloting - New


Advanced Piloting is the final part of the inland and coastal navigation series. This material continues to build on the base developed in Piloting, and includes practical use of additional electronic navigation systems and other advanced techniques for finding position.
  • Instructors: Poverty Bay Power Squadron
  • Age 12 - Adult, $42
  • Public Works and Park Service Center - 2255 S. 233rd St.
Day 
Date  
Time
Tuesday Mar. 28 - Jun. 6 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Engine Maintenance - New


Modern engines offer high reliability and good performance through the use of computerized systems for fuel delivery and engine timing. Most of these systems are “black boxes” that can no longer be serviced by weekend mechanics with ordinary tools. The Engine Maintenance course covers those repairs that do-it-yourselfers can still perform, teaches how to diagnose problems that might be beyond your ability to fix, and how to share information with your mechanic so the right repairs get performed.
  • Instructors: Poverty Bay Power Squadron
  • Age 12 - Adult, $40
  • Public Works and Park Service Center - 2255 S. 233rd St.
Day 
Date  
Time
Wednesday Jan 4. - Feb. 15 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Weather - New


The safety and comfort of those who venture out-on-the water have always been weather dependent. In this course students will become keener observers of the weather, but weather observations only have meaning in the context of the basic principles of meteorology — the science of the atmosphere. Each student receives a Weather Manual.
  • Instructors: Poverty Bay Power Squadron
  • Age 12 - Adult, $50
  • Public Works and Park Service Center - 2255 S. 233rd St.
Day 
Date  
Time
Wednesday Jan 4. - Feb. 15 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dog Obedience


Love your dog but all the chewing, jumping,barking and little “accidents” testing you? Dog Obedience should turn your little “terror” into a well-behaved pet. Proof of vaccination is required at first class.
  • Instructor: Jan Magnuson, Animal Control Officer, Champion Trainer.
  • Dogs 4+ months
  • $95R / $105NR
Day 
Date  
Time
Location 
Thursday Jan. 5 - Feb 9 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm Field House
Thursday Feb. 16 - Mar. 23 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm Field House
Thursday Apr. 6 - May 11 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm Field House
*No Class 11/24

Introduction to Modeling - New


This class will introduce models to the world of Trade for Print modeling. Technical and legal concepts such as the model release, licensing issues and others will be introduced using the text book ‘The Business Model’, which is covered in the fee. How modeling works in the Pacific Northwest, best practices along with what the model needs to know to be successful in this field will be discussed. Attendees will learn the basics of make-up, posing and how to find photographers. Models will get the chance to practice their skills with photographers at this event.
  • Instructor: Joe Teeplese
  • Age 18 - 60
  • $40R/$45NR
Day 
Date  
Time
Location 
Saturday March 11 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Activity Center

Enhance Fitness


Improve physical conditioning levels and decrease the risk of falling with stretching, low-impact aerobics, strength training and balance exercises. Gym-type shoes are required (no sandals) and a water bottle is recommended. Co-sponsors: Group Health & Senior Services. 
  • Instructor: Yu San Gartz
  • Adults
Day 
Date 
Time 
Price 
Location 
Tuesday / Thursday / Friday 
 
  Field House 
  Jan. 3-31 8-9am or 9:30-10:30am**  $39  
  Feb. 2-28 8-9am or 9:30-10:30am**
$36  
  Mar. 2-31 8-9am or 9:30-10:30am**
$42
  Apr. 4-28 8-9am or 9:30-10:30am**
$36  

Kokondo Martial Arts


Learn basic karate including blocks, kicks and strikes. Emphasis placed on effective street self-defense; you will learn to defend yourself against punches, grabs, chokes, bear hugs and more.
  • Instructor: Gerry Flock
  • $30R/$35NR
  • Age 12+
Day 
Date 
Time 
Location 
Wed./Fri. Jan. 4-27 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Field House
Wed./Fri. Feb. 1-24 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Field House
Wed./Fri. Mar. 1-31 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Field House
Wed./Fri.  Apr. 5-28 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Field House

Tai Chi


This class will introduce the basic movements of Tai Chi with focus on the fundamentals of the practice and emphasis on relaxation. By the end of the 6 weeks, students will have learned a beginning Tai Chi pattern from the Standard 24 form. This course is geared toward students who are new to Tai Chi, but all students, regardless of experience are welcome. Wear comfortable, loose clothing.  
  • Instructor: John Lindsay
  • Adults
  • $60
Day 
Date 
Time 
Location 
Mon/Wed
Jan. 23 - Feb. 27
11:00 - 12:00 pm
Beach Park Dining Hall
Mon/Wed Mar. 6 - Apr. 5 11:00 - 12:00 pm Beach Park Dining Hall

Sunday Walks!


Gary McNeil with Des Moines Legacy Foundation is hosting local walks the 3rd Sunday of the month at 11am and interested individuals should meet at the base of the fishing pier at the Des Moines Marina unless otherwise noted.
Sunday, February 19
Sunday, March 19