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Come socialize with a great group of people who love sailing, boating and messing around with boats. We offer courses and seminars to make you and your crew more confident and safe on the water. No boat, no problem...we'll take you along. Are you interested in learning how to plan for a cruise? Want to know how to service your outboard or diesel engine? Interested in learning how to use a sextant? Then check us out! ASPS provides boating education courses and materials to meet state safety education requirements for boat operators. In addition, ASPS offers more advanced boating instruction for those who have an interest in advancing their seamanship and navigation skills beyond the fundamentals, learning about cruising afar, or learning about the electrical and mechanical systems on their vessel.

America's Boating Club of Annapolis ( http://aspsmd.org/ ), also known as Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron, is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the local Chesapeake Bay recreational boating community through boating education, community service, and an active social program. ASPS is a unit of the United States Power Squadrons® ( https://americasboatingclub.org ), a non-profit national organization engaged in education, community service and social activities related to recreational boating.

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How to Use a Chart

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Whether you're planning a cruise, going fishing, or traveling to a local marina, knowing how to read and use nautical charts is essential to safe boating. Charts include must-have information, including bottom contours, hazards, and aids to navigation, to help you travel safely.  Chart No. 1 explained  What charts show navigators above the water  Chart features  Chart scales  What charts show navigators below the water  Aids to navigation  Latitude and longitude  Planning your course  What's in your way Fees: Seminar Participation Fee: FREE. Optional Registration for ABC (USPS) credit: Member $10.00 / Non-Member $20.00 Optional Seminar Booklet - $20.00 MUST REGISTER WITH MICHAEL TO RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK: http://bit.ly/qKN8ad or call[masked]

Marine Electricity

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MUST RSVP TO MICHAEL TO GET ZOOM LINK: [masked] OR CALL[masked]. Marine Electrical Systems (MES) covers the practice of wiring your boat, including boat electrical wiring practices and diagrams, direct and alternating current power, galvanic and stray current corrosion, and lightning protection. Troubleshooting is emphasized throughout, so students should feel comfortable performing even tricky wiring tasks after passing this course. This course is nine two-hour classes plus a test.What's included?  Boat electrical wiring practices  Direct current (DC) power  Alternating current (AC) power  Galvanic and stray current corrosion  Lightning protection  How to use a multimeter  How to solder and crimp  How to read electrical wiring diagrams

Engine Maintenance

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MUST REGISTER WITH MICHAEL TO RECEIVE ZOOM LINK: http://bit.ly/qKN8ad OR CALL[masked] Modern engines offer high reliability and good performance through the use of computerized systems for fuel delivery and engine timing. Most of these systems are "black boxes" that can no longer be serviced by weekend mechanics with ordinary tools. The EM course covers those repairs that do-it-yourselfers can still perform, teaches how to diagnose problems that might be beyond your ability to fix, and how to share information with your mechanic so the right repairs get performed. Engine Maintenance also covers basic mechanical systems such as drive systems (propellers), steering systems, and engine controls. The last chapter discusses solutions to problems that could occur while afloat and away from a repair facility. Gasoline, diesel, and outboard engines are treated independently. This course is nine two-hour classes plus a test.

America's Boating Course (Basic Boating-DNR Card)

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MUST REGISTER TO RECEIVE ZOOM LINK: http://bit.ly/qKN8ad OR CALL[masked]. Everyone born after July 1972 needs the Boating Safety Course card to legally operate a recreation vessel in Maryland waters. Great family course! The basic boating knowledge topics include: -Introduction to Boating: types of boats - power, sail, outboards, paddle boats, and houseboats. Also, different uses of boats, various power boating engines, jet drives, and family boating basics. -Boating Law: boat registration, boating regulation, hull identification number, required boat safety equipment, operating safely and reporting accident, protecting the marine environment, Federal boat law, state boating law, personal watercraft requirements. -Boat Safety Equipment: personal flotation devices ("life jackets"), fire extinguishers, soundproducing devices, visual-distress signals, dock lines and rope, first aid kit, anchors and anchor lines, and other boating safety equipment. -Safe Boating: bow riding, alcohol and drug abuse, entering, loading, and trimming a boat, fueling portable and permanent tanks, steering with a tiller and a wheel, docking, undocking and mooring, knots, filing a float plan, checking equipment, fuel, weather and tides, using charts, choosing and using an anchor, safe PWC handling, and general water safety. -Navigation: the U.S. Aids to Navigation system - types of buoys and beacons, navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules), avoiding collisions, sound signals, PWC "tunnel vision." -Boating Problems: hypothermia, boating accidents and rescues, man overboard recovery, capsizing, running aground, river hazards, strainers: emergency radio calls, engine problems, equipment failures, carbon monoxide (CO), other boating and PWC problems. -Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat: types of trailers, trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings, loading, balancing, and towing (and backing) a trailer, boat launching and retrieving, boat storage and theft protection, launching, retrieving and storing a PWC. -Hunting and Fishing, Water-skiing and River Boating: carrying hunting gear and weapons in a boat, fishing from a boat, water-skiing safety guidelines and hand signals, water-skiing with a PWC, navigating rivers, and other boating tips. After passing the test with an 80% or higher, you are awarded the card verifying that you have passed the course and can legally operate a recreational vessel in Maryland.

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Review of the New Life Jacket Labels

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