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, PropTalk, and Meetup Annapolis

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Fall Fun and Learning

Together with Kent Narrow Sail and Power Squadron (KNSPS) you will have a variety of opportunities to expand your knowledge. This year we will be using Annapolis High School on Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings 6:45 PM  to 9:00 PM. Well will also be splitting up some things with KNSPS at the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department and the Kent Island Yacht Club.

Radar Seminar Cancelled

Junior Navigation, online, is being offered through District 5.  All the local squadrons with participants will be conducting face to face sessions to do the sights and solve problems.  It will be offered starting in April 2019 and finish up during the early summer.  If you are interested use the registration link on this page or send an email.


Boat Handling Seminars part of the Boat Handling course open for those interested in a single seminar.

Sponsor: ASPS

Location: Annapolis High School

Dates: Thursdays, 21 February 2019 to 09 May 2019  -  Not consecutive weeks
Time: 1845-2100 (6:45 to 9:00 PM)

Cost: Individual seminars $35.00 each

Boat Handling will be a single course, comprised of six two-hour sessions and a test:

˜ 21 March: Anchoring with Assurance – Don’t Get Carried Away
˜ 28 March: Emergencies on Board – Preparation for Handling Common Problems
˜ 11 April: Knots and Line Handling – The Knots You Need to Know
˜ 25 April: Test

For students completing all the seminars and passing the test, the USPS grade of S will be awarded.  If you would like to attend one or more of the individual seminars, it will be recorded that you attended the seminar.  When registering, please indicate whether you intend to do the whole course or which seminars you are planning to attend.

Register for this class click the following link: or email or call 410-739-7800 -


Open CPN Navigation Software

Sponsor: ASPS

Location: Kent Island Yacht Club

Time: 1845 to 2100 (6:45 to 9:00 PM)

Dates: Wednesdays 1 May 2019 to 22 May 2019

Cost: Free to all

OpenCPN is the navigation software of choice for all USPS courses.  Since OpenCPN is free and it runs on a minimal system, it is perfect as a backup or main navigation system.  Bring your PC, Mac Laptop, or Android phone to all sessions.  This four session short course will cover:

01 May: Installing OpenCPN and loading charts.

08 May: Getting to know the program  -  menu options.

15 May: Making waypoints and creating a route.  Sharing that route.

22 May: Importing routes and waypoints, tides and currents, plug-ins and other functions, GPS interfacing.

Register for this class click the following link: or email or call 410-739-7800



For ASPS Sponsored Events
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.

Register online Click on this link: You can also email me at or Or you can call 410-739-7800. Please include your full name, the class you want to sign up for, and a phone number in case further information is needed. When registered, you will receive an email conformation.  Other information and directions will be emailed as the start date for courses or seminars approaches.

Locations Annapolis:
Annapolis Sr. High School, 2700 Riva Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401

Inclement weather Policy

If inclement weather occurs 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. You can check the School system Website at . School status is above the banner.  Cancelled classes will be rescheduled by adding to the end of the course scheduled endings.

Classes taught at a school facility cannot be taught when schools are out of session for the day.

Please follow this spot and the website for course and seminar updates.


Kent Narrows Sail and Power Squadron

America’s Boating Course   ABC’3

Dates: Mondays  11 March 2019  - 4 sessions

Time: 1830 to 2130 (6:30—9:30 PM)

Location: Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department


This is the first course you need to get your Safe Boating Card, required to operate a recreational boat in Maryland waters.  Contact Joe Burke for information.


Radar for Boaters (New Course)

Dates: Mondays 15 April 2019 - 5 sessions

Time: 1830 to 2130 (6:30—9:30 PM)

Location: Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department

Cost: TBD

Developed by Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, this course is up to date for radar technologies available now and in the near future.  The course covers the different types of radar equipment, their capabilities and limitations, as well as their features and how they apply to students needs.  It covers what you need to know about radar, from how and where to mount the antenna to how to interpret the displays, enabling you to use the radar for collision avoidance and for navigation.

Note: This would be a great course to take after having attended the Radar Seminar.


Locations Kent Island

Kent Island Yacht Club: 117 Yacht Club Dr, Chester, MD 21619, 410-643-4101

Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department: 1610 Main St, Chester, MD 21619
For KNSPS Courses and Seminars, Contact

or register on-line at

Contact:  John Locke at 443 262-8271 or email
Or Joe Burke at 410 279-0862 or email or

Check Kent Narrows Sail and Power Squadron for additional courses.

Check out their March/April 2019 Newslettter "Tidelines" now available here

Rockville Sale and Power Squadrons are offering the following:

Marine Electrical Systems class
Date: Tuesdays 9 April 2019 for 8 weeks
Time: 1900
Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda

AIS seminar
Date: Saturday 13 April 2019
West Marine, Tracy’s Landing (Herrington North)
Instructor: Alan Karpas

Basic Boating Course
Date: Monday 15 April 2019
TimeL 1900
Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda
Instructor: Dennis Krizek

To Register for Rockville classes email

Dundalk Sail and Power is offering the ABC course 4 time this spring:
2 April 2019, 30 April 2019, and two locations on  4 June 2019. The course will be 4 session long.
Contact John Hall at   to register and more details.

REV 3-21-19