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

Tuesadays Starting January 31, 2017

Spring 2017 Classes will start January 31, 2017 and will end about April 4 depending on missed classes due to inclement weather.
Start Date - January 31, 2017
Place - Annapolis Senior High School
Time - 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM

Advanced Piloting - Instructor, Richard Hughes - Cost $65.00 without Weekend Navigator or  $85.00 with Weekend Navigator

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. 

Sail - Instructors, Tony Martin and Art Pine - Cost $60.00

Sail 2009 is a complete sail course beginning with basic boat designs, rigging and sail processes for the non-sailor. The course proceeds into the physical aspects of sailing, sail applications, marlinespike, helmsmanship, and handling of more difficult sailing conditions, navigation rules, and an introduction to heavy weather sailing. 

Note to Non Members: Starting December 1, 2016 there will be a $20.00 Fee added to the cost of courses to cover test printing, grading and database maintanace.

Seminars - Wednesday nights starting February 1, 2017
Cost $20.00. Most seminars will also offer a Quick Guide or Reference Book for sale.
Place - Annapolis Sr. High School
Time - 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM

Feb. 1, 2017 - Instructor Recertification - Instructor Mike Maszczenski - Anyone with an expired or near expired Teaching Certification can get their certificate renewed. Instructor: Michael Maszczenski

Feb 8, 2017 -  Using VHF and VHF/DSC Marine Radio

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. A CD is included with a DSC Simulator that allows you to practice on your computer at home. The handy waterproof McGraw-Hill Captains' Quick Guide Using VHF is included with essential information that you should have aboard. 

Feb. 15, 2017 - Mastering the Rules of the Road - Instructor: Purnell Delly

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. 

Feb, 22, 2017 - Anchoring - Instructor: Bill Museler

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.

March 1, 2017 - Hurricane Preparation for Boaters - Instructor: Kathy Nash

In this short seminar, you'll learn how to select a location from which to weather the storm and prepare your boat for a hurricane. 

March 8, 2017 - Knots, Bends and Hitches - Instructor: Carol Rechner

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. 

March 15, 2017 - Emergencies on Board - Instructor Kathy Nash

This seminar will provide the skipper with the information to prepare adequately for common emergencies and how to actually deal with them when they occur. Topics include preventing accidents, running aground, fire, getting lost, towing, and medical conditions.

March 22, 2017 - Using GPS

This seminar explains the principles of waypoint navigation and shows you how to relate the GPS to your charts. The seminar also shows you how to operate your GPS - what the buttons do, 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.

Register now! Having your registration now lets us plan the future.


- Register online now it helps us plan for you. Click on this link: or you can also email me at or call 410-739-7800

Register Now! - Having your registration early helps us provide better classes.

If you would like to add your name to a class list for any of the offerings, please use the ASPS registration link below to make a reserved seat now. You may cancel your reservation at a later date, but putting in your name early gives me approximate numbers to facilitate ordering materials. To suggest an additional course or seminar offering, please contact me.

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 dosesn’t have the course you need, check out our friend across the Bay Bridge - Kent Narrow Sail and Power

The sinking of the S/V Almeisan
Introduction to Celestial Navigation


Cruising and Cruise Planning Course Jan 9, 2017 to Feb 20, 2017 - 7 Classes

ABC3 March 6 to 27 -4 classes

Junior Navigator - 4-3-17 to 6-26-17

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: 23 December 2016