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This year promises to be an exciting year with a variety of boating education courses!

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 Proptalk.

Flare Demo Practice (New Time and Date)
Jointly Hosted by Kent Narrows Sail and Power Squadron and Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron
December 5, 2015 9:30 to 12:30 PM 
Cost: Free, but please register
Place: Kent Island Yacht Club
To register, use the website or contact John Locke (
Got some old flares, never used a flare or never seen a rocket flare? Bring your old expired flares to Kent Island Yacht Club (KIYC). We will do a demonstration, and give you an opportunity to try out the flares. Or, contact me at to arrange to have them picked up if you can't attend but would like to donate expired flares for this event.


Partners in Command

February 27, 2016
Place: Bacon Sails and Marine Supplies
Time 9:30 to 12:00 noon
Cost $15 or $25.00 for USPS members wishing to register the seminar with USPS

This seminar provides an introduction to boating for crew members who need basic information and who may or may not have taken a boating course. It is designed to provide essential information one may require to assist a skipper in the safe operation of a recreational boat, and includes actions to take in response to emergencies.

Boating on Rivers, Locks and Lakes
April 14, 2016
Place Bacon Sails
Cost $15 or $25.00 for USPS members wishing to register the seminar with USPS
Time 7:00 t0 9:00 PM

This seminar is designed to meet the needs of our large inland boating membership and the general public. Seminar topics include The ICW, The Western Rivers System of Navigational Aids; River Boating; and Locking Through. The seminar is particularly suited to introducing students to experienced local boaters and their squadron because the exchange of local information and experiences can be one of the most interesting and important parts of the seminar. Each student will receive a full color student guide.


Rules of the Road

May 19, 2016
Place: Bacon Sails
Cost $15 or $25.00 for USPS members wishing to register the seminar with USPS
Copy of the One Minute Navigator will be available for $15.00
Time: 7:00 t0 9:00 PM

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.


Courses for Winter 2016

Starting January 19, 2016 - Tuesdays  Note: this is a date change!
Cost: $68.00 
Place: Annapolis High School
7:00 to 9:00 PM

The course starts with basic sailboat designs and nomenclature, rigging, safety, and sail processes and then tackles the physical aspects of sailing forces and techniques, sail applications, marlinespike, helmsmanship and handling of more difficult sailing conditions, navigation rules, and an introduction to heavy weather sailing. Appendices provide an introduction to sailboat racing and sailing in Canadian waters.

Starting January 19,2016 for 9 classes
Cost: $60.00
Place: Annapolis High School
7:00 to 9:00 PM

The Seamanship course is the next step after completing America’s Boating Course, 3rd Edition (ABC3), taking the knowledge and skills learned there and expanding and extending them with this newly updated edition. Or make Seamanship the first step into building boating confidence and competence for safe and fun on-the-water adventures. Seamanship 2012 presents material applicable to both power and sail, covering such topics as the construction and functioning of a boat, the skipper’s responsibilities, preparing the boat for use, handling and maneuvering a vessel under various conditions in close quarters and on the open water, rules of the road, anchoring, emergencies, and marlinespike/basic knots. The Appendices cover boating into the waters of Canada and Mexico, the effects of weather on the boater’s health, and general information on obtaining a US Coast Guard captain’s license. It is suggested that Seamanship be scheduled over nine two-hour class sessions, one session for each chapter and one session for the proctored test.
Instructor Development
Starting April 5, 2016 for 9 classes
Cost $20.00
Place: Annapolis High School
7:00 to 9:00 PM

Would you like to teach other boaters boating safety and learn how to make a good presentation? The USPS Instructor Development course is the perfect course for you. This 8 Week Course goes into developing lesson plans, working with media, and concepts of how to make an interesting presentation. The participant will make presentations and plan a lesson. Those passing the course will be certified by USPS to present the public courses.



Register now having your regiastration now let us plan the future.

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, Riva Road, Annapolis MD 21401
Bacon Sails and Marine Supplies, 116 Legion Ave., Annapolis MD 21401  410-263-4880

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


Mike Maszczenski


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
Piloting Starting 4 January 2016
Location: Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department

Flare Demo Dec 5, 2015 9:30 to 12:30 PM
Location: Kent Island Yacht Club
John Locke 443-262-8271 for information
Email -
Joe Burke 410-279-0862
Email - to register or get info.


  updated 11-19-15