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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.

Winter Educational Line-Up - Register Today!

How to Use a Chart - America's Boating Club Seminar
Date: Wednesday, 20 January 2021 Pineapple
Time: 6:45pm to 9:00pm
Where: ZOOM, login information provided after registration
Instructor: Priscilla Travis
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 Optional Seminar Booklet for this seminar, the cost is $20.00, 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)
* 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:
Whether you are planning a cruise, going fishing, or traveling to a local marina, knowing how to read and use nautical charts is essential to safe boating.  Charts include must-have information, including bottom contours, hazards, and aids to navigation, to help you travel safely. What's included:
⯈ Chart No. 1 explained
⯈ What charts show navigators above the water
⯈ What charts show navigators below the water
⯈ Chart Features and Chart Scales
⯈ Aids to Navigation
⯈ Latitude and Longitude
⯈ Planning your course
⯈ What's in your way

Marine Electricity Systems - America's Boating Club Course
Date: Wednesdays Starting 03 February 2021 to 07 April 2021 Pineapple
Time: 6:45pm to 9:00pm
Where: ZOOM, login information provided after registration
Cost: Member $65.00 / Non-Member $85.00
Materials: USPS 120-Page Plus Book
Instructor: P/C John Wesley Nash, SN-IN
Course Description:
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. This course is nine two-hour classes plus a test.. Topics to be covered:
⯈ Boat electrical wiring practices
⯈ Direct Current (DC) power
⯈ Alternating Current (AC) power
⯈ Galvanic and stray current corrosion
⯈ Lightning protection
⯈ How to use a multimeter
⯈ How to solder and crimp
⯈ How to read electrical wiring diagrams

Engine Maintenance - America's Boating Club Course
Date: Tuesdays Starting 09 February 2021 to 13 April 2021Pineapple
Time: 6:45pm to 9:00pm
Where: ZOOM, login information provided after registration
Cost: Member $65.00 / Non-Member $85.00
Materials: USPS 140-Page Plus Book
Instructor: P/C Richard Hughes, SN-IN
Course Description:
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 EM 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. Engine Maintenance also covers basic mechanical systems such as drive systems (propellers), steering systems, and engine controls. The last chapter discusses solutions to problems that could occur while afloat and away from a repair facility. Gasoline, diesel, and outboard engines are treated independently. This course is nine two-hour classes plus a test.

America's Boating Course - ABC 3
Date: Tuesdays Starting 27 April 2021 to 25 May 2021 Pineapple
Time: 6:45pm to 9:00pm
Where: ZOOM, login information provided after registration
Materials: ABC Boating Course Book
Cost: $35.00 for both Members and Non-Members
Instructors: 1st/Lt Patrick McGeehan, P and Lt/C Michael Maszczenski, N

Everyone born after July 1972 needs the Boating Safety Course card to legally operate a recreation vessel in Maryland waters. Great family course! After passing the test with an 80% or higher, you are awarded the card verifying that you have passed the course and can legally operate a recreational vessel in Maryland.

Course Description:
The basic boating knowledge topics include:
Introduction to Boating: types of boats - power, sail, outboards, paddle boats, and houseboats. Also, different uses of boats, various power boating engines, jet drives, and family boating basics.
Boating Law: boat registration, boating regulation, hull identification number, required boat safety equipment, operating safely and reporting accident, protecting the marine environment, Federal boat law, state boating law, personal watercraft requirements.
Boat Safety Equipment: personal flotation devices ("life jackets"), fire extinguishers, sound-producing devices, visual-distress signals, dock lines and rope, first aid kit, anchors and anchor lines, and other boating safety equipment.
Safe Boating: bow riding, alcohol and drug abuse, entering, loading, and trimming a boat, fueling portable and permanent tanks, steering with a tiller and a wheel, docking, undocking and mooring, knots, filing a float plan, checking equipment, fuel, weather and tides, using charts, choosing and using an anchor, safe PWC handling, and general water safety.
Navigation: the U.S. Aids to Navigation system - types of buoys and beacons, navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules), avoiding collisions, sound signals, PWC "tunnel vision."
Boating Problems: hypothermia, boating accidents and rescues, man overboard recovery, capsizing, running aground, river hazards, strainers: emergency radio calls, engine problems, equipment failures, carbon monoxide (CO), other boating and PWC problems.
Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat: types of trailers, trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings, loading, balancing, and towing (and backing) a trailer, boat launching and retrieving, boat storage and theft protection, launching, retrieving and storing a PWC.
Hunting and Fishing, Water-Skiing and River Boating: carrying hunting gear and weapons in a boat, fishing from a boat, water-skiing safety guidelines and hand signals, water-skiing with a PWC, navigating rivers, and other boating tips.

Weather - America's Boating Club Course
Scheduled to start in late September during the fall semester.  More information coming in upcoming issues of the Anchor Watch.

Do you have something you would like to present to a group of boaters?
We are always looking for someone to share their expertise that's of interest to boaters.  If you would like to present a seminar, contact

Registration for All ASPS Sponsored Courses
ASPS need 10 participants to present a course or seminar. Please register as soon as possible - Materials must be ordered, and materials pick up arranged. Click on this link to register: Click Here to Register or email, 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)
Annapolis Sr. High School
2700 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401

Inclement Weather Policy for In-Person Classes:
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 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
Boat Handling Course and Seminar Seriers
Seven Consective Mondays - Starting 11 January, 2021

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
Or P/C John Locke, SN-ACN at 443-262-6892 or email

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A Variety of Courses and Seminars to Make You a Better & Safer Boater