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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.


Upcoming classes

Piloting and Marine Communications postponed 1 Week, New Start Dates (Posted 9-29-2014)

 Instructor - Richard Hughes
When-Tuesdays - October 7th to Dec 16th 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost $80.00
Place – Annapolis High School
Piloting is the first of the navigational classes focusing on techniques for piloting a boat in coastal and inland conditions. The course emphasizes planning and checking along with the use of GPS for determining position, and introduces digital charting along with traditional charting, compass and dead reckoning skills. Plotting, labeling, use of the compass, aids to navigation and a host of related topics are included in this all-new approach to coastal and inland piloting. This course uses the 4x15 plotter and dividers, which must be ordered separately. The Student Kit includes the Student Manual, Weekend Navigator,  the RosePoint Coastal Explorer DVD, and the Plotting and Labeling Guide. 
Optional Materials – may use your own equipment
4X15” Course plotters $5.00
Light Divider $10.00

Marine Communications Systems
Instructor -Carl Wicks
When - Wednesdays - October 8 to Dec 17  7:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost - $65.00
Place – Annapolis High School
Marine Communications Systems (MCS) is an in-depth, nine chapter review of communications systems available to the recreational boater. Radio history and spectrum definitions are presented along with definitions of radio circuits that the student should learn, to choose the best communications method for his/her situation. One chapter is devoted to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and another to FCC Rules and regulations. The remaining chapters cover High Seas radio (MF/HF and satellite communications) and other systems such as Family Radio Service transceivers. There is also a chapter on troubleshooting of radio installations. 


* DNR Boating Safety Class Reschedued - Weekend Course

January 17 & 18, 2015

Cost $20.00

Place Bacon Sails and Marine Supplies

Time Saturday 9:30 AM to 3:00 (30 min Lunch Break), PM Sunday 12 Noon to 4 PM


Born after July 1972, you need a Boating Safety Card to legaly operate a recreational motor vessal in Maryland. This course awards the card for all who attend the course and pass the test with an 80% or higher. The class is being offered on two Tuesday Wednesday sessions four classes in total with the test on the last night. Attendence is necessay to be awarded the card. The basics of boating safety and Maryland boating laws and more will be part of the class. All attendees will recieve the Maryland Boating Safety guide.






Rules of the Road - Will be reschedued in Spring

December 9, 2014


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. This seminar kit includes McGraw-Hill's The One Minute Guide to the Nautical Rules of the Road by Charlie Wing, Seminar Guide, a seminar certificate, and an ED-46 course/seminar registration form. 


Mariners Compass

January 13, 2015

Cost $30.00

Place : Bacon Sails and Marine Supplies

Time 7- 9 PM


This seminar explains how to select, install, calibrate and use your compass on board your boat. You will learn which features are most important and what will work best for you, how to deal with variation between true and magnetic north, and how to adjust your compass to remove most of the deviation caused by local magnetic influences. This is an essential seminar for all boaters. 




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

West Marine, 113 Hilsmere Dr., Annapolis MD 21403, 410-268-0129

  Annapolis High School

It's easy to register for a class or seminar:

- Call the Hotline at 410-263-8777. You will need Option 2 to register for member courses.

- 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.


Mike Maszczenski



  updated 9-29-2014