ASPS Education Program

Leadership and Contacts
• Education

Boating Safety
Vessel Safety Check
Calendar of Activities
Boat Shows

Cooperative Charting
Anchor Watch Publication

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.

Instructor Development
Cost $20.00
August 1, 8,10,15,22,24,29 and Sept 7,  8 sessions
Place: Bacon Sails and Marine Supplies
Mondays and Wednesdays 7 to 9 PM

Would you like to teach other boaters boating safety and learn how to make a good presentation? The USPS Instructor Development course is the perfect course for you. This 8 Week Course goes into developing lesson plans, working with media, and concepts of how to make an interesting presentation. The participant will make presentations and plan a lesson. Those passing the course will be certified by USPS to present the public courses.

- Register online. Click on this link:

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

- Register online. Click on this link:

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.

- Register online. Click on this link:

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.

- Register online. Click on this link:

D-5 Offerings

Simulator Training
If you would like to see and be trained to use the new Fire Extinguisher trainer, there is a seminar being given at the 2016 D5 Summer Rendezvous at Mears Marina, Kent Island.
 "USING THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER TRAINER" will take place on Saturday 30 July  starting at 1530 (3:30 PM) at the Mears Point Marina Main Pavilion and run for forty-five minutes. To register or to request more information, please call or email DEO Chuck Wells, SN at 301-325-8568

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


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, 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:


- 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 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

Please register before August 24,2016

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



Note: if a link fails paste it into your browser bar.

Updated: 20 July 2016