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ASPS Education Program

ASPS has 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 (CLICK HERE for the Anchor Watch: ) and this web page for announcements and updates. We also advertise in The Capital, Spinsheet, PropTalk, Facebook, and Meetup Annapolis.

Summer Educational Line-Up - Register Today!

Instructor Recertification Pineapple
Date: Thursday, 9 July 2020
Time: 6:45PM to 9 PM
Where: ZOOM, login information provided after registration
Cost: Free
Materials: Will be electronically distributed
Instructor: Lt/C Michael Maszczenski, Jr., N
USPS requires certified instructors to recertify every 4 years by taking a refresher seminar. This 2-hour seminar will review information and skills needed for teaching USPS seminars and courses. Certification is required for anyone teaching the America's Boating course, and is encouraged for all instructors of USPS materials.


Trip Planning and Navigation with OpenCPN
Date: Tuesday, 28 July 2020 Pineapple
Time: 6:45PM to 9 PM
Where: ZOOM, login information provided after registration
Cost: Free (This is not a USPS course)
Materials: OpenCPN or Chart Plotter
Instructor: Lt/C Michael Maszczenski, Jr., N
OpenCPN is the free chart reading and navigation software for PC, Macintosh, and Android systems, and it has become the standard for instruction of USPS. It is very useful in trip planning as well as actual navigation. OpenCPN can also create files that can be opened with most chart plotters and other navigation software, creating a great planning and sharing tool. If you have used OpenCPN or another charting software, this course will explore waypoint navigation, route making, and trip planning. We will also explore resources that exist online for trip planning.


Boating on Rivers, Locks and Lakes
Date: 2 Nights, Wednesday, 5 August 2020 and Thursday, 6 August 2020Pineapple
Time: 6:45PM to 9 PM
Where: ZOOM, login information provided after registration
Cost: $25.00 for USPS members, $35 for non-members (this covers the cost of USPS registration)
Materials: Book of slides and notes
Instructor: P/C John Wesley Nash, SN-IN
Can you read a river? How does a river lock differ from a canal lock? The United States has over 30,000 miles of improved waterways—some of the finest boating to be found anywhere. Rivers, locks and lakes introduce challenges not found on other bodies of water. Discover these challenges, and learn the boating skills you need to safely boat inland waters with confidence. Each student receives a full-color Student Guide especially written for the seminar. What's included:
⯈ Special navigation rules for rivers
⯈ The Western Rivers System of buoys and marks
⯈ River currents
⯈ "Reading" a river
⯈ Jetties and wing dams
⯈ Intricacies of locking through
⯈ Communicating with lock masters and bridge tenders


Hurricane Preparation for Boaters
Date: Monday, 17 August 2020Pineapple
Time: 6:45PM to 9 PM
Where: ZOOM, login information provided after registration
Cost: $25.00 for USPS members, $35 for non-members (this covers the cost of USPS registration)
Materials: Booklet and Handouts
Instructor: P/C Kathy Nash, AP-IN
When a named storm threatens, you need to be prepared and protect your boat.In this short seminar, you'll learn how to select a location from which to weather the storm and prepare your boat for a hurricane. The kit includes Student Notes with copies of the slides. What's included:
⯈ Check vessels and gear
⯈ Review marina/dockmaster contracts
⯈ Make plans
⯈ Check your trailer
⯈ Prepare a storm plan
⯈ Lessons learned from storms
⯈ Hurricane anchoring
⯈ Be storm ready
⯈ Your responsibilities
⯈ Post-hurricane efforts of US Coast Guard and law enforcement


Partners In Command
Date: Monday, 21 September 2020Pineapple
Time: 6:45PM to 9 PM
Where: ZOOM, login information provided after registration
Cost: $25.00 for USPS members, $35 for non-members (this covers the cost of USPS registration)
Materials: Booklet and Handouts
Instructor: P/C Kathy Nash, AP-IN
Are you a crew member or passenger who has no idea what's going on during a boat trip? Learn the essential skills you will need to help the skipper safely operate a recreational boat, including how to respond in an emergency. You'll become an asset on board with Partners in Command. This seminar can be completed in 2-4 hours and comes with a full-color Student Guide. What's included:
⯈ Communications, including VHF marine radio
⯈ Review marina/dockmaster contracts
⯈ Calling for help
⯈ Signaling equipment
⯈ Safety and safety equipment
⯈ First Aid
⯈ Starting and running the engine
⯈ Tool Kits


Emergency Marine Communications for Vessel Operators
Date: Saturday, 26 September 2020 Pineapple
Time: 9AM to 12 Noon
Where: ZOOM, login information provided after registration
Cost: Free (not a USPS course)
Materials: Provided through emails
Instructor: P/C John Wesley Nash, SN-IN
For both the person in command and the second in command, this seminar will go over the procedures for communicating with the Coast Guard and other boaters during an unexpected emergency situation. Topics to be covered:
⯈ Why VHF Marine Radio for Emergency Communications
⯈ Minimum Radio Functions All Crew Members Need to Know
⯈ Importance of Daily Radio Checks
⯈ New Changes for VHF Radios and a New USCG Tool to Save Lives
⯈ Importance of Backup or Handheld VHF Radios
⯈ What is DSC and What’s Required to Make it Work
⯈ Using Digital Selective Calling (DSC) for Distress Calls
* Short Break Before Optional DSC Demo Session *
⯈ Quick AIS Update –New Class B+ Transponders
⯈ Non-Emergency VHF/DSC Functions
⯈ Ship to Ship DSC Calls
⯈ Group DSC Calls
⯈ Position Request/Report DSC Calls
⯈ Poling Call DSC Function
⯈ DSC Test & Logging Function


Registration for All ASPS Sponsored Courses
Click on this link to register: Click Here to Register or email seo@aspsmd.org, Or call 410-739-7800. If you do not get an answer, please leave voice mail with contact information. When registered, you will receive an email confirmation. Other information and directions will be emailed as the start date for the course or seminar approaches. Other local squadrons' activities are available to ASPS members.

Locations for Annapolis Class Locations, Either:
On-Line via ZOOM (login information provided after registration)
or
Annapolis Sr. High School
www.annapolishighschool.org
2700 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401

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 https://www.aacps.org website during times of inclement weather, (State of the Schools will be posted in the banner), if evening activities are cancelled so are we.


America's Boating Club Online Boating Education
Many courses, seminars, and webinars are online and convenient.
Click Here for additional information.

America's Boating Club of Kent Narrows
Courses will be at the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department
1610 Main St, Chester, MD 21619

Upcoming Kent Narrows Seminars

None Scheduled at this Time

Registration for All Kent Narrows Sponsored Courses
Click on this link to register: Click Here to Register or call 773-351-2403. 

For Additional Information:
Contact: Lt/C Patti Eney, AP at 773-351-2403 or email knsps.seo@gmail.com
Or P/C John Locke, SN-ACN at 443-262-6892 or email abckn.xo@gmail.com

Download newsletter for latest info and registration information:
WEB Site and Newsletter: America's Boating Club of Kent Narrows

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Updated 07-01-2020

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