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 at Annapolis High School. Please register now for any seminar you would be interested in- it will greatly facilitate planning.

Introduction to Navigation  (two sessions)Instructor: P/C Richard Hughes, SN-IN, Lt/C Michael Maszczenski, Jr., N
Date: Wednesdays, 25 April and 2 May  
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Annapolis High School room 132
Cost: $35.00

The Introduction to Navigation seminar 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, Open CPN. The first class review or introduces Point to Point Navigation, the second class moves that to Waypoint Navigation. Continued education on using Open CPN software is provided in the follow on advanced courses such as Piloting and Navigation.  Navigation chart and Open CPN data is introduced through no-cost website access. (


Visual Distress Signals with Flare Demo and Practice
Date: May 5, 2018
9:30 AM till At Kent Island Yacht Club
Cost Free

 A joint seminar with Kent Narrow Sail and Power Squadron will be held in May 5th just in time for everyone to be digging out those old flares before spring commissioning.  The seminar will be at the Kent Island Yacht Club 117 Yacht Club Dr, Chester, MD 21619. We will conduct demonstrations of non pyrotechnic and pyrotechnic  distress signals. If you have old flares bring them after a safety demo you will be able to light and use up those flares. If you don't have any flares we have more than enough to share. If you have flare and rockets you need to be disponsed of and would like to donate them contact Mike Maszczenski 410-739-7800 or email

Knots, Bends and Hitches
Instructor: Lt/C Carol Rechner, SN and Lt Linda Sweeting
Date: Wednesday, 9 May
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Annapolis High School room 132
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


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 reserve a 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.
Go to:  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.

Please watch the website for course and seminar updates.

Check Kent Narrows Sail and Power Squadron for additional courses.  If ASPS doesn't have the course you need, check with our friends across the Bay Bridge.  Check out their Newslettter "Tidelines" March/April Newsletter ( )


Marine Navigation ( Piloting)
7 Consecutive Mondays 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Starting 14 May 2018
At Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department
$90.00 for USPS & Kent Island Yacht Club members
$110 for non-members

For KNSPS Courses and Seminars, Contact:
Joe Burke, 410-279-0862
or register on-line at
Or John Locke 443-262-6892


REV 4-20-18