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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ASPS Educational Program for 2018

Please watch this page for any changes to our schedule and offerings. We are working on offering additional educational opurtunities, keep and eye on the site for changes.

Seminars: All seminars are being currently planned to be offered Wednesdays starting 14 February 2018 at Annapolis High School. Please register now for any seminar you would be interested in- it will greatly facilitate planning.

Trailering  Your Boat Cancelled
Instructor: Lt Gary Antonides, AP
Date: 14 March
Cost: $35.00           Optional Book: $15.00

This seminar has been updated for 2014. It explains how to select a tow vehicle, discusses the correct towing hitch for the intended use, and information to aid in choosing a trailer that has the features that meet your needs. It explains how to safely trailer your boat, why you must match the trailer hitch ball to your trailer hitch, the need for and types of trailer brakes, and the importance of correct electrical connections. 

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Tides and Current
Instructor: P/C LT John W. Nash, SN-IN and P/C LT Kathy Nash, AP-IN
Date: 4 April
Cost: $35.00

The seminar deals with how the sun and moon create tidal patterns, sources of information about tides and tidal currents, simple ways to predict height of tide and current flow and how to use both print and electronic tide tables. Each student receives a full color text booklet on the subject for future reference. 

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Instructor: Purnell Delly
Date: April 11
Cost: $35.00       Optional Quick Guide: $10.00

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. The kit comes with 6" x 8.5" color manual of the slides with documentation suitable to be kept on the boat or your bookshelf.

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Introduction to Navigation  (will be taught in two sessions)
Instructor: Richard Hughes and Mike Maszczenski
Date: April 25 & May 2
Cost: $35.00

The Introduction to Navigation seminar replaces the Basic Coastal Navigation seminar, and presents information to enable beginning recreational boaters to practice safe passage using navigation charts with Global Positioning System (GPS) technology on devices such as chart plotters. This seminar introduces recreational boaters to navigation using charts in combination with GPS and the electronic navigation software, OpenCPN Continued education on using OpenCPN software is provided in the continuum of education in advanced courses such as Piloting and Navigation. Navigation chart and OpenCPN data is introduced through no-cost website access. ( ).

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Knots, Bends and Hitches
Instructor: Lt/C Carol Rechner, SN and Lt Linda Sweeting
Date: 9 May
Cost: $35.00    Optional Book: $15.00
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. The kit comes with a 6” x 8.5” color manual of the slides with documentation suitable to be kept on the boat or your bookshelf. 

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Visual Distress Signals with Flare Demo and Practice
Joint seminar with Kent Narrow Sail and Power Squadron will be held in April just in time for everyone to be digging out those old flares before spring commissioning. The site will be at the Kent Island Yacht Club. Complete details will be coming in future Anchor Watches and on the website.

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Register now! Having your registration now lets 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.
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.

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

We use entrance #1 by the Flag Pole our rooms are usually 130 and 132.

Inclement Weather Policy:

Classes will need to be rescheduled if Anne Arundel County Schools are closed during a scheduled class or seminar. Please monitor the news or the website during times of inclement weather, if evening activities are cancelled so are ASPS classes.

Check KNSPS for additional courses
If ASPS doesn't have the course you need, check out our friends across the Bay Bridge - Kent Narrows Sail and Power Squadron

Electronic Navigation
08 January 2018  Six Monday evenings 1830 - 2130 (6:30 PM to 9:30 PM)
Location: Kent Island Volunteer Fire Dept. Community Room, 1610 Main St. Chester MD
To register contact John Locke, 443 262-8271 or Registration deadline Dec 27
Cost Members $68.00 Non Members $85.00

Junior Navigator-  March 2018

Check out their Newslettter "Tidelines" March/April Newsletter ( )

Piloting Call for information

For KNSPS Courses and Seminars, Contact
Joe Burke, 410-279-0862 or register on-line at

REV 3-11-18