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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

Advanced Piloting - Move back 1 week
January 27th to April 14, 2015
Cost: $60.00 or $80.00 with the Weekend Navigator book 2nd edition
Place: Annapolis High School

This course is the second part of the inland and coastal navigation series. This material builds on the base developed in Piloting, and includes practical use of additional electronic navigation systems and other advanced techniques for finding position. It is such a change from the old AP course, it will be worthwhile for those already having taken AP to tune their skills with this new course. Among topics covered are: Finding position using bearings and angles, Collision avoidance using GPS, and Radar, What to do when the electronics fail, Tides, currents and wind and their effect on piloting, Electronic navigation with - GPS, Chart plotters, RADAR, Autopilots, etc. Application of course lectures will come through practical, in class, exercises. 

Feb 4 to April 15, 2015 - Moved Back 2 weeks
Cost: $65.00
Place: Annapolis High School
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.


DNR Boating Safety Class - Rescheduled
January 17&18, 2015 Saturday Sunday.
Cost: $20.00
Place: Bacon Sails and Marine Supplies
Saturday 9:30 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.

Register today!

Feburary 28, 2015
Cost $10.00
Optional Materials $30.00
Place TBD
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
In March exact date TBD - check
Optional Materials $33.00
Place TBD
Time 10:00 AM to Noon
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
In April exact date TBD- check
Optional Materials $30.00
Place TBD
Time 10:00 AM to Noon
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. 

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 1-16-15