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ASPS Education Program

ASPS has 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 (CLICK HERE for the Anchor Watch: ) and this web page for announcements and updates. We also advertise in The Capital, Spinsheet, PropTalk, Facebook, and Meetup Annapolis.

Summer Educational Line-Up - Register Today!

Partners In Command
Date: Monday, 21 September 2020Pineapple
Time: 6:45PM to 9 PM
Where: ZOOM, login information provided after registration
Materials: Booklet and Handouts
Instructor: P/C Kathy Nash, AP-IN
Fees for this Seminar:
* For members who would like the seminar to be added to their USPS education vitae the cost is $10.00, without materials.
* The cost of enrolling and registering someone that is not a current USPS member is $20.00 without materials. (Note: After you are registered for any seminar or course, you will have an E-number and may take courses and seminars at member rates.)
* If you wish to order the materials for this seminar, the cost is $15.00, plus $2.50 postage to your house.
* The cost to attend the seminar without USPS education vitae or materials is FREE. (But you still need to register with ASPS for the seminar)
* Sample Registration Fees: Cost for USPS member desiring education vitae $10.00 plus materials and postage $17.50 (Total: $27.50)
* Please send a check made out to ASPS for the amount to cover your needs. You will be emailed when checks are due and where to mail the checks.
Seminar Description:
Are you a crew member or passenger who has no idea what's going on during a boat trip? Learn the essential skills you will need to help the skipper safely operate a recreational boat, including how to respond in an emergency. You'll become an asset on board with Partners in Command. This seminar can be completed in 2-4 hours and comes with a full-color Student Guide. What's included:
⯈ Communications, including VHF marine radio
⯈ Review marina/dockmaster contacts
⯈ Calling for help
⯈ Signaling equipment
⯈ Safety and safety equipment
⯈ First Aid
⯈ Starting and running the engine
⯈ Tool Kits


Emergency Marine Communications for Vessel Operators
Date: Saturday, 26 September 2020 Pineapple
Time: 9AM to 12 Noon
Where: ZOOM, login information provided after registration
Cost: FREE (not a USPS course)
Materials: Provided through emails
Instructor: P/C John Wesley Nash, SN-IN
Seminar Description:
For both the person in command and the second in command, this seminar will go over the procedures for communicating with the Coast Guard and other boaters during an unexpected emergency situation. Topics to be covered:
⯈ Why VHF Marine Radio for Emergency Communications
⯈ Minimum Radio Functions All Crew Members Need to Know
⯈ Importance of Daily Radio Checks
⯈ New Changes for VHF Radios and a New USCG Tool to Save Lives
⯈ Importance of Backup or Handheld VHF Radios
⯈ What is DSC and What’s Required to Make it Work
⯈ Using Digital Selective Calling (DSC) for Distress Calls
* Short Break Before Optional DSC Demo Session *
⯈ Quick AIS Update –New Class B+ Transponders
⯈ Non-Emergency VHF/DSC Functions
⯈ Ship to Ship DSC Calls
⯈ Group DSC Calls
⯈ Position Request/Report DSC Calls
⯈ Poling Call DSC Function
⯈ DSC Test & Logging Function


Cruising and Cruise Planning Course
Date: 07 October 2020 to 18 November 2020Pineapple
Time: 7 PM to 9 PM
Where: ZOOM, login information provided after registration
Cost: This is a USPS course, which requires fees:
* For USPS Members: $65.00 - For Non Members: $85.00
* Payable to ASPS in advance of course start. Book pickup will be arranged before course starts.
Materials: USPS 216 Page Book
Instructor: P/C John Wesley Nash, SN-IN and Pricilla Travis
Course Description:
Designed for those who plan to cruise for just a day or for a year, in either a sail or powerboat. This course covers the following topics:
⯈ Cruise Preparation and Planning - General
⯈ Boat and Equipment
⯈ Anchors and Anchoring
⯈ Security
⯈ Chartering
⯈ Cruising Outside the United States
⯈ Crew and Provisioning
⯈ Voyage Management
⯈ Non-Emergency VHF/DSC Functions
⯈ Communications
⯈ Navigation
⯈ Weather
⯈ Emergencies


Advanced Marine Navigation (Currently Offered as Advanced Piloting)
Date: 13 October 2020 to 08 December 2020 Pineapple
Time: 7 PM to 9 PM
Where: ZOOM, login information provided after registration
Materials: Book in Bound or E-book, Weekend Navigation 2nd Edition, Plotter tool, Dividers
Cost: This is a USPS course, which requires fees:
* Book Hardbound or E-book = $55.00
* Weekend Navigator 2nd Addition = $28.00 (Order if you do not have one from Piloting)
* Plotting Tool = $8.00 (Order if you do not have one from Piloting)
* Plotting and Labeling Standards = $7.00 (Order if you do not have one from Piloting)
* Extra registration fee for Non USPS Members = $20.00
* Payable to ASPS in advance of course start. Materials pickup will be arranged before course starts.
Instructor: P/C Richard Hughes, SN-IN
Course Description:
Advanced Marine Navigation (currently Advanced Piloting) 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, and application of course lectures through practical, in class, exercises. The course can be ordered with or without The Weekend Navigator book but students must have a copy, as this is the course text. The Plotting and Labeling Standards may be ordered separately. This course uses the 4x15 plotter and dividers. Topics to be covered:
⯈ Review of skills learned in Marine Navigation (currently offered as Piloting)
⯈ Advanced positioning techniques such as advancing a line of position
⯈ Other electronics: radar, depth sounders, autopilots, chartplotters, laptop computer software, etc
⯈ New Changes for VHF Radios and a New USCG Tool to Save Lives
⯈ Hazard avoidance techniques using electronics (e.g., “keep out” zones in GPS)
⯈ Collision avoidance using radar and GPS
⯈ Working with tides: clearances, depth, effects of current
⯈ Piloting with wind and currents
⯈The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course

Review of New Life Jacket Labels
Date: Saturday, 14 November 2020 Pineapple
Time: 9AM to 12 Noon
Where: ZOOM, login information provided after registration
Cost: FREE (not a USPS course)
Materials: Provided through emails
Instructor: P/C John Wesley Nash, SN-IN
Seminar Description:
This 60-90 minute seminar will cover the new labeling standards for Life Jackets. The traditional “Types” categories are going away. New labeling system relies more on icons and less on wording. Learn what is important to know about this new standard. Topics to be covered:
⯈ Review of current Life Jacket labeling standards
⯈ Regulatory requirements for Life Jackets labelled the old way
⯈ New Life Jacket Categories
⯈ New buoyancy standards for Wearable Life Jackets
⯈ Harmonization with Canadian standards
⯈ One to One comparison between traditional “Types” categories and New Icons
⯈ Time frame for transition to new standars


Why are there Charges for Some Seminars?
Most of the coursework ASPS offers is produced by the United States Power Squadron, now America's Boating Club. The organization's funds are derived from dues, the sale of educational material, testing, and data keeping for certificating. When we teach a course produced by America's Boating Club we are paying for the production and the right to use those materials. America's Boating Club is Non-profit and materials are written by volunteers. Annapolis Sail and Power does not raise funds for ASPS through our educational program. We just cover our costs.

Registration for All ASPS Sponsored Courses
Click on this link to register: Click Here to Register or email seo@aspsmd.org, or call 410-739-7800. If you do not get an answer, please leave voice mail with contact information. When registered, you will receive an email confirmation. Other information and directions will be emailed as the start date for the course or seminar approaches. Other local squadrons' activities are available to ASPS members.

Locations for Annapolis Class Locations, Either:
On-Line via ZOOM (login information provided after registration)
or
Annapolis Sr. High School
www.annapolishighschool.org
2700 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401

Inclement Weather Policy:
Classes will need to be rescheduled if Anne Arundel County Schools are closed during a scheduled class or seminar. Please monitor the news or the https://www.aacps.org website during times of inclement weather, (State of the Schools will be posted in the banner), if evening activities are cancelled so are we.


America's Boating Club Online Boating Education
Many courses, seminars, and webinars are online and convenient.
Click Here for additional information.

America's Boating Club of Kent Narrows
Courses will be at the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department
1610 Main St, Chester, MD 21619

Upcoming Kent Narrows Seminars

None Scheduled at this Time

Registration for All Kent Narrows Sponsored Courses
Click on this link to register: Click Here to Register or call 773-351-2403. 

For Additional Information:
Contact: Lt/C Patti Eney, AP at 773-351-2403 or email knsps.seo@gmail.com
Or P/C John Locke, SN-ACN at 443-262-6892 or email abckn.xo@gmail.com

Download newsletter for latest info and registration information:
WEB Site and Newsletter: America's Boating Club of Kent Narrows

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Updated 07-01-2020

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