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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.


Feburary 28, 2015 -Saturday
Cost $10.00
Optional Materials $30.00
Place Bacon Sails and Marine Supplies
Time 10:00 AM to Noon
The 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. 

Mastering Rules of the Road
Cost $10.00
March 11, 2015- Wednesday
Optional Materials $33.00
Place: Bacon Sails and Marine Supplies
Time 7:00 to 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. It is a starting point for study preparation for the USCG License examination. This Optional seminar kit includes McGraw-Hill's The One Minute Guide to the Nautical Rules of the Road by Charlie Wing, Seminar Guide.

Partners in Command
April 28, 2015 - Tuesday
Optional Materials $30.00
Place: Bacon Sails and Marine Supplies
Time 7:00 to 9:00 PM
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. Included in the seminar are actions in response to emergencies. This seminar includes an optional text, A "Knot Practice Board"  useful to practice tying knots. The student kit also includes the student notes booklet, a completion certificate, and a patch. 

DNR Boating Safety Class
May 2 & 3, 2015 Saturday Sunday.
Cost: $20.00
Place: Bacon Sails and Marine Supplies
Saturday 9:00 to 3:00 (30 min break for lunch) & Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 PM

Get your Boating Safety Class Card in one weekend. You need it if you were born after July 1972 to legally operate a recreational vessel 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 a weekend session with the test at the end ( 3 to 4 PM). For those who register early, arrangements will be made to get study material ahead of the course. Attendance is necessary to be awarded the card. The basics of boating safety, Maryland boating laws, and more will be part of the class. All attendees will receive the Maryland Boating Safety guide.

Upcoming Courses

Starting September, 2015 Wednesdays
Cost: $65.00
Place: Annapolis High School
7:00 to 9:00 PM

The safety and comfort of those who venture out on the water have always been weather dependent. In this course, students will become keener observers of the weather. But weather observations only have meaning in the context of the basic principles of meteorology — the science of the atmosphere.
The course focuses on how weather systems form, behave, move, and interact with one another and reflects the availability of all sorts of weather reports and forecasts on the Internet. Wx2012 is a general weather course benefiting those sitting in their living rooms, as much as those standing behind the helm. Each student receives:

  • a Weather Manual - USPS Weather - an explanatory text with full color photographs and drawings covering weather in the United States and its coastal and inland waters;
  • a set of three Daily Weather Maps - learning aids with a compete explanation of map symbols designed to develop weather map reading and analysis skills; and
  • NOAA’s Sky Watcher Chart - a reference to assist in identifying cloud types – helpful indicators of approaching weather.

Junior Navigator
Starting September 15, 2015 - Tuesdays
Cost $100.00
Place: Annapolis High School
7:00 to 9:00 PM

Junior Navigation is the first of a two-part program of study in offshore (open coast) navigation. It is designed as a practical, how-to-course. Subject matter includes: basic concepts of celestial navigation; how to use the mariner's sextant to take sights of the sun; the importance and techniques of accurate time determination; use of the Nautical Almanac; how to reduce sights to establish lines of position (LOPs); and the use of special charts, plotting sheets and other navigational data for offshore positioning and passage planning. 

Engine Maintenance
Starting September 15, 2015 - Tuesdays
Cost $60.00
Place: Annapolis High School
7:00 to 9:00 PM

Modern engines offer high reliability and good performance through the use of computerized systems for fuel delivery and engine timing. Most of these systems are "black boxes" that can no longer be serviced by weekend mechanics with ordinary tools. The EM course covers those repairs that do-it-yourselfers can still perform, teaches how to diagnose problems that might be beyond your ability to fix, and how to share information with your mechanic so the right repairs get performed. The Engine Maintenance also covers basic mechanical systems such as drive systems (propellers), steering systems, and engine controls. The last chapter discusses solutions you might use to problems that could occur while afloat and away from a repair facility. Gasoline, diesel, and outboard engines are treated independently in this chapter. 


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:

- 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 2-15-15