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.


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

This seminar explains the principles of waypoint navigation and shows you how to relate the GPS to your charts. The seminar also shows GPS -operation, what the screens show, and how to access the functions you need. You'll also get some tips for choosing a GPS if you don't currently own one. Phone and tablet apps will also be presented.

Mastering Rules of the Road
Instructor: Prunell Delly
Wednesday November 8, 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $35.00
Place: Annapolis High School

This seminar provides an explanation with examples of the 37 Rules of the Road for both the U.S. Inland Rules and the International Rules (COLREGS). It simplifies the sometimes complex law relating to boat operation for the recreational boater. It is a starting point for study preparation for the USCG License examination. A Seminar Guide including pictures of the PowerPoint slides is included. 

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

This seminar covers RADAR functions, RADAR selection, and operation of RADAR under various conditions including setting of controls, display interpretation, basic navigation, and collision avoidance using RADAR. 

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2018 offering

America's Boating Course 16 hrs
Instructor: P/C Bruce D. Arey, JN & Patrict McGeehan, P
Tuesdays,  Febuary 13  to April 10, 2018, 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $50.00
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. As a bonus opportunity the United States Power Squadrons will be offering 18 month membership for the price of one year to all who pass ABC.

Advanced Piloting
Instructor: Lt Richard Hughes, SN-IN
Tuesdays , January 23 to April 24, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $80.00, without Weekend Navigator $100.00 with Weekend Navigator
Note Non-Member additional fee of $20.00 for record maintenance and testing.
Optional Items 4"X 15" Plotter $8.00 4" Compass $8.00
This course is the second part of the inland and coastal navigation series. This material builds on the base developed in Piloting, and includes practical use of additional electronic navigation systems and other advanced techniques for finding position. It is such a change from the old AP course, it will be worthwhile for those already having taken AP to tune their skills with this new course. Among topics covered are: Finding position using bearings and angles, Collision avoidance using GPS, and Radar, What to do when the electronics fail, Tides, currents and wind and their effect on piloting, Electronic navigation with - GPS, Chart plotters, RADAR, Autopilots, etc, Application of course lectures through practical, in class, exercises. 

Marine Electrical Systems
Instructor: Lt F. Stewart Myers Jr., AP
Wednesdays  January 24 to April 25, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $75.00 member Non-Member additional fee of $20.00 for record maintenance and testing.
Marine Electrical Systems (MES) covers the practice of wiring your boat, including boat electrical wiring practices and diagrams, direct and alternating current power, galvanic and stray current corrosion, and lightning protection. Troubleshooting is emphasized throughout, so students should feel comfortable performing even tricky wiring tasks after passing this course. 


Seminars: All seminars are being currently planned to begin one each Wednesday Starting Feburary 7, 2018 at Annapolis High School. The order is being finalized check the website and the next Anchor Watch for dates as they become final. Please register now for any seminar you would be interested in, it will greatly facilitate planning.

VHF/DSC Radios
Instructor:  TBA
Date: TBA
Cost: $35.00 optional Quick Guide $10.00
VHF radio is the mainstay of coastal communication and essential for emergency communications. Digital Selective Calling (DSC) is rapidly becoming a reality as more Coast Guard Rescue 21 System operations go live. This seminar explains basic VHF operation along with the operation of the new DSC radio, MMSI numbers, making emergency calls, and radio selection. 

Knots, Bends and Hitches
Instructor: Lt/C Carol Rechner, SN
Date: TBA
Cost: $35.00 Optional Book $15.00
This seminar is a hands-on "learn how to tie knots" program geared to a wide range of audiences. Participants learn about knots and learn to tie a set of the most useful knots. The kit comes with a 6” x 8.5” color manual of the slides with documentation suitable to be kept on the boat or your bookshelf. 

How to use a chart
Instructor: Lt/C Carol Rechner, SN
Date: TBA
Cost: $35.00 Optional items: Chart symbols $20.00 Plotter $8.00

The NOAA Chart No. 1 is the quintessential reference to chart details, but is difficult to understand. This seminar walks you through what you really need to know in an entertaining and interesting fashion. In addition to showing you all about your chart, this seminar walks you through the essentials of laying out a safe course, and the steps to measure a course with the USPS plotter. 

Man Overboard
Instructor: TBA
Date: TBA
Cost: $35.00

This seminar is designed to teach boaters how to react, and then, how to recover a crewmember or passenger who accidentally falls overboard. The seminar covers vessel set-up and MOB equipment, maneuvering to keep the rescuer close to the MOB, the responsibility of the MOB in this emergency situation, and methods of recovering the MOB.

Tides and Current
Instructor: TBA
Date: TBA
Cost: $35.00

The seminar deals with how the sun and moon create tidal patterns, sources of information about tides and tidal currents, simple ways to predict height of tide and current flow and how to use both print and electronic tide tables. . Each student receives a full color text booklet on the subject for future reference. 

Instructor:  TBA
Date: TBA
Cost: $35.00 Optional Book "The Radar Book 2nd Eddition" will be available for $20.00


This seminar covers RADAR functions, RADAR selection, and operation of RADAR under various conditions including setting of controls, display interpretation, basic navigation, and collision avoidance using RADAR. The kit includes Student Notes with copies of slides. 

Instructor: TBA
Date: TBA
Cost: $35.00 Optional Quick Guide $10.00

The new Anchoring Seminar has been prepared to assist boaters in understanding the issues and problems involving the theories of anchor weight, the methods used to anchor, and the choices of anchor types for the area of boating. The slides and notations on anchoring are intended to raise awareness of the need for correct anchor choices and the mechanics of proper anchoring techniques. The knowledge gained from completing this seminar will increase the student’s understanding of the conditions and situations involved in anchoring a boat and the need for a proper anchor choice. This seminar also offers possibilities for on-the-water presentations of proper anchoring technique. The kit comes with 6" x 8.5" color manual of the slides with documentation suitable to be kept on the boat or your bookshelf.

Trailering  Your Boat
Instructor: LT Mike Maszczenski, N
Date: TBA
Cost: $35.00 Optional Book $15.00

This seminar has been updated for 2014. It explains how to select a tow vehicle, discusses the correct towing hitch for the intended use, and information to aid in choosing a trailer that has the features that meet your needs. It explains how to safely trailer your boat, why you must match the trailer hitch ball to your trailer hitch, the need for and types of trailer brakes, and the importance of correct electrical connections. 

Introduction to Navigation  (will be taught in two sessions)
Instructor: TBA
Date: TBA
Cost: $35.00

The Introduction to Navigation seminar replaces the Basic Coastal Navigation seminar, and presents information to enable beginning recreational boaters to practice safe passage using navigation charts with Global Positioning System (GPS) technology on devices such as chart plotters. This seminar introduces recreational boaters to navigation using charts in combination with GPS and the electronic navigation software, OpenCPN Continued education on using OpenCPN software is provided in the continuum of education in advanced courses such as Piloting and Navigation. Navigation chart and OpenCPN data is introduced through no-cost website access. ( ).


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 them to 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

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: 10-19-2017