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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 Proptalk.

Starting Tuesday September 20, 2016 for 10 classes
Cost: $75.00
Place: Annapolis High School
Tuesdays 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Piloting is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today. It embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning. Ten classes of two hours each normally are scheduled for presentation of this course. In addition the students have seven days to complete the open book exam. Topics covered include:
Charts and their interpretation
Navigation aids and how they point to safe water
Plotting courses and determining direction and distance
The mariner’s compass and converting between True and Magnetic
Use of GPS – typical GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS route.
Pre-planning safe courses and entering them into the GPS
Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning
The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course

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Starting Tuesday September 20, 2016 for 10 classes
Cost: $60.00
Place: Annapolis High School
Tuesdays 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Seamanship the first step in building boating confidence and competence for safe and fun on-the-water adventures. Seamanship 2012 presents material applicable to both power and sail, covering such topics as the construction and functioning of a boat, the skipper’s responsibilities, preparing the boat for use, handling and maneuvering a vessel under various conditions in close quarters and on the open water, rules of the road, anchoring, emergencies, and marlinespike/basic knots. The Appendices cover boating into the waters of Canada and Mexico, the effects of weather on the boater’s health, and general information on obtaining a US Coast Guard captain’s license.

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Electronic Navigation
Starting Wednesday September 28, 2016 for 10 classes
Cost: $65.00
Place: Annapolis High School
Wednesdays 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Electronic Navigation introduces GPS technology from the most basic receiver to chart plotter systems for navigation on board. The process of navigating by establishing waypoints and routes, and then running the planned courses, is demonstrated. Further, electronic charting software for the desktop computer is examined, with creation of waypoints and routes on the desktop and subsequent download to the onboard unit. Despite differences among the various manufacturers' offerings, a thorough discussion of the features being made available is included.
Special attention is paid to apps for tablets and smart phones that provide the electronic navigation function at the helm, for relatively little cost.  Students should be familiar with basic charting concepts such as latitude, longitude, the compass, course plotting, and time/distance. be taught when schools are out of session for the day.

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Flare Shoot - In conjunction with Kent Narrows Sail and Power Squadron
Place Kent Island Yacht Club
November 12, 2016 10:00 am to -- No Fee
Get a chance to experience using a flare or flare gun. 
If you have old and expired flare this is a great place to use them and gain experience with pyrotechnics.


D-5 Offerings - On line

On line Navigation Course
D-5 is offering the Navigation course as a webinar taught course starting in September. John Van Winkle will be the instructor. If you are interested, contact Mike Maszczenski at or 410-739-7800. You may also contact Chuck Wells at

New Weather Webinar: GRIDs, GRIBs and Electronic Navigation

Save the date! A brand new webinar—GRIDS and GRIBS: Computer Weather Forecasting and Navigation—captures the fascinating world of modern weather forecasting. After providing some historical context, the webinar gets right to the foundation of the modern forecasting process: the giant computer models that are the basis for all professionally produced weather predictions. Most importantly for boaters, the webinar describes the types of forecasts (GRIDS and GRIBS) that these models have made possible, their strengths and weaknesses, how to get them at no cost anywhere in the world, and how to use them in electronic chart plotting. The webinar will be given at 2000 Eastern Time on Tuesday, 15 Nov. Stay tuned for registration information. Email:Robert F. Anderson

Planning for Spring 2017

All Classes and Seminars will be at Annapolis Sr. High School, 6:45 to 9:00 PM

Tuesadays Starting January 31, 2017

Advanced Piloting - Richard Huges will continue the Navigation sequence

Sail or Weather or Marine Electrical Systems - To be determined

I am planning to have Seminar Wednesdays Starting February 1, 2017, each Wednesday a different seminar. I need instructors.
Feb 1, 2017 Instructor Recertification -- This is for all of members that are USPS Instructors and wish to extend their certificate. - Mike Maszczenski instructor
Feb. 8, 2017 VHF/DSL
Feb. 18, 2017  Mastering Rules of the Road
Feb. 22, 2017 Anchoring
March 1, 2017 Hurricane Properness
March 8, 2017 Knots, Bend, and Hitches
March 15, 2017 Emergencies on Board
March 22, 2017 GPS

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Register Now! - Having your registration early helps us provide better classes.

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

2700 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
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It's easy to register for a class or seminar:


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- 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 or


Lt/C Michael Maszczenski, Jr., JN

ASPS Educational Officer


Check KNSPS for additional courses
If ASPS dosesn’t have the course you need, check out our friend across the Bay Bridge - Kent Narrow Sail and Power

Advance Piloting - September 12 at the Kent Island Vounteer Fire Department.

6:30 to 9:30 PM Cost $90.00 USPS members $110.00 Nonmembers

ABC3 September to 28, 2016 - 4 Classes

The sinking of the S/V Almeisan
Introduction to Celestial Navigation


Cruising and Cruise Planning Course Jan 9, 2017 to Feb 20, 2017 - 7 Classes

ABC3 March 6 to 27 -4 classes

Junior Navigator - 4-3-17 to 6-26-17

For KNSPS Courses and Seminars, Contact:
Lt/C Joe Burke, SN to register or for additional information.
Phone: 410-279-0862 - Email -


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Updated: 26 September 2016