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America's Boating Course - ABC 3:


America's Boating Course - ABC 3

Date: Saturday February 17, 2024 & February 24, 2024. 2 Sessions plus the test. Attendance for both days is required.

Time: 9:00 am – 1:30pm

Where: Bay Ridge Marina Community Center (Live Instruction)

Materials: ABC Boating Course Book

Cost: Bay Ridge members Free, ASPS Members $10.00, Non Members $35.00, Book Printed or E-Book $28.00

Instructors: P/C Ronald Ricketts, AP, 1st/Lt Patrick McGeehan, P and Stf/C Michael Maszczenski, N


This course is the best introduction or review of boating being offered. Great family course. It covers the basic boating terms, rules of the road, the Maryland laws you need to know and fundamentals of boating. The book is in both EBook and hard copy format.


Remember, if your birthday is after July 01, 1972, a Boating Safety Course card is required to legally operate a recreation vessel in Maryland waters. America's Boating Clubs offers the America's Boating Course III to fill that requirement. The course is 8 hours of instruction and a test. Passing the test with an 80% or better gets you the Boating Safety card. This class with experienced instructors will be held at the Bay Ridge Marina Community Center. Attendance for both days is required.


 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.


Click Here to Register or email, or call 410-739-7800



Date and Time: Saturday February 17 and February 24, 2024 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM (Bay Ridge Members Cost: Free)
Location: Bay Ridge Marina Community Center - Member cost: $10.00 Public cost: $35.00
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Marine Navigation:


Marine Navigation

Title: Marine Navigation - New Piloting Replacement

Dates: Tuesdays, January 16, 2024 to March 12, 2024

Time: 6:45pm - 9:00pm

Where: Zoom, Login Information Provided after Registration

Cost: Member ASPS $80.00, Non-Member $90.00. Fee Covers Book, and Plotter. Dividers can be provided for an additional $15.00.

Instructor: Stf/C Michael Maszczenski, N

Marine Navigation is the first of the navigational classes focusing on techniques for piloting a boat incoastal and inland conditions. The course emphasizes planning and checking along with the use of GPS and other electronic systems for determining position, and introduces digital charting along with traditional charting, compass, and dead reckoning skills. Plotting, use of the compass, aids to navigation, electronic tools and a host of related topics are included in this all-new approach to coastal, inland and river piloting. This course uses the Bowditch Bay practice chart and local charts, the USPS 4"X15" plotter and dividers. Computer with OpenCPN must be student provided.


The Student Kit includes the Student Manual, the Plotting and Labeling Standards Learning Guide and instructions for downloading, installing, and using OpenCPN. OpenCPN is a free, marine navigation program that is state-of-the-art and in wide use by commercial and recreational boating enthusiasts. OpenCPN runs on a variety of environments, including Windows, Android tablets and phones, and MAC OS, but not iPhones or iPads. (The larger screens of desktop or laptop computers work best.)
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Date and Time: Tuesdays, January 16, 2024 to March 12, 2024 6:45pm - 9:00pm
Location: ZOOM, Login Information Provided after Registration Member cost: $90.00 Public cost: $80.00
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