ASPS Education Program

ASPS has you Boating Education ready for you!
We will be offering a variety of courses and seminars at several different venues. Keep your eye on the Anchor Watch and our webpage for announcements and updates. We also advertise in The Capital, Spinsheet and Pr

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ASPS Educational Program for 2017-2018 Fall and Spring

Please watch this page for any changes to our schedule and offerings. All plans are not final and sometime things beyond our control changes things.

If you are interested in a course or seminr please register now so books and material can be ordered.

America's Boating Course 16 hrs
Instructor: Bruce Arey & Patrict McGeehan
Tuesdays October 3 to Nov. 28, 2017, 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM New Date! One week delay to original start
Cost: $50.00
Place: Annapolis High School
This is the first course you should take as a boater. The following will be covered:
Types of boats and their use
Boating laws both federal and state
Safety equipment both required and recommended
Finding your way and adverse conditions
Trailering, knots and water sports
Intro to piloting and electronic charts and GPS

Upon passing the test you will get a proof of your Passing a boating safety course, satisfying the Maryland State requirements to operate a recreational vessel.

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Instructor: Richard Hughes
Tuesdays September 26 to November 28, 2017, 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $100.00
Place: Annapolis High School

Piloting is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today. It embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning. Ten classes of two hours each normally are scheduled for presentation of this course. In addition the students have seven days to complete the open book exam. Topics covered include
Charts and their interpretation Navigation aids and how they point to safe water Plotting courses and determining direction and distance The mariner’s compass and converting between True and Magnetic Use of GPS – typical GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS route. Pre-planning safe courses and entering them into the GPS Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning
The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course

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Instructor: Bill Museler
Wednesdays September 27 to Dec 6, 2017, 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $75.00
Place: Annapolis High School
For boaters, knowing the forecast isn't enough; you need to understand its impact on you and your boat.  Gain the knowledge and confidence to venture out on the water.  Be a responsible skipper, protect your friends and family and take this course today.
What's Included?
How weather systems form, behave, and move
Where to get weather reports and forecasts on the Internet
Using full color photographs and drawings to understand weather in the United States
Using Daily Weather Maps - learning aids with a compete explanation of map symbols designed to develop weather map reading and analysis skills
Understanding NOAA’s Sky Watcher Chart - a reference to assist in identifying cloud types
The Weather Course is designed to be conducted over ten two-hour sessions including time for review and the multiple choice closed book exam.

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VHF/DSC Radios
Instructor:  TBA
Wednesday October 11, 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $35.00
Place: Annapolis High School

Instructor: TBA
Wednesday October 25, 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $35.00
Place: Annapolis High School

Mastering Rules of the Road
Instructor: Prunell Delly
Wednesday November 7, 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $35.00
Place: Annapolis High School

Instructor: John Locke
Wednesday November 29, 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $35.00
Place: Annapolis High School

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All Classes and Seminars will be at Annapolis Sr. High School, 6:45 to 9:00 PM

Inclement weather Policy

If inclement weather occures on a day ASPS is offering classes we will follow Anne Arundel County Public School's decision on classes. If schools are closed - No class

If after school activities are cancelled so are the ASPS classes. Cancelled classes will be rescheduled by adding the the end of the course scheduled endings.

Classes taught at a school facility cannot be taught if schools are out of session for the day.


Annapolis Sr. High School

2700 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
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It's easy to register for a class or seminar:


- Register online. Click on this link:


- Send an email to Please include your full name, the class you want to sign up for, and a phone number in case further information is needed.


If there is a registration problem, please contact me at 410-739-7800 or


Lt/C Michael Maszczenski, Jr., JN

ASPS Educational Officer


Check KNSPS for additional courses
If ASPS doesn't have the course you need, check out our friends across the Bay Bridge - Kent Narrows Sail and Power Squadron

Course: Basic Boating Certification Class
Schedule: 3 Session Mondays, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Location: Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department
Cost: $35.00 under 17 Free

Course: Seamanship
Schedule: Five Consecutive Monday Evenings 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Starting October 23rd, 2017
Location: Kent Island Volunteer Fire Dept. Community Room
1610 Main St. Chester, MD
Cost: $58 USPS Members $78 Non-Members

Check out their Newslettter "Tidelines" Sept/Oct. Newsletter (

For KNSPS Courses and Seminars, Contact:
Lt/C Joe Burke, SN to register or for additional information.
Phone: 410-279-0862 - Email -


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Updated: 9-23-2017