Classes Offered By ASPS

The Atlanta Sail & Power Squadron will be offering the following boating courses, available to both members and the public:

America’s Boating Course (ABC)

America’s Boating Course is our basic boater safety program and is offered in a single, full day format on Saturdays. Course fee is $18/student online or $20/student cash/check and $20 for the optional reference text. This state approved boating safety course fulfills GA requirements for boater safety education and is now mandatory for those born after 1 JAN 98 to legally operate a motorized vessel in GA waters.  ASPS uses certified instructors. The classroom dialog and interaction with other students reinforces the material and creates a more worthwhile learning experience than an online course.  Topics include state and federal regulations, safe boat operation, proper fueling practices, water sports, PWC operation, trailering, adverse conditions, anchoring and more. All students passing the course exam receive a certificate, wallet card and GA DNR registration. For dates, locations and to sign up, visit our pages for Lake Lanier classes or Lake Allatoona classes, or email

Advanced Classes

Seamanship – Start delayed until Feb 6, 2017

The Seamanship course is the next step after completing America’s Boating Course, taking the knowledge and skills learned there and expanding and extending them. Or make Seamanship the first step into building boating confidence and competence for safe and fun on-the-water adventures. Seamanship 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.

Course Delivery: Web-based, instructor-led except for in-person first night of class and closed-book exam. Make-up dates for in person activities can be arranged.
Schedule: Monday evenings 7 – 9 beginning Monday January 23 February 6 for about 10 weeks.
Pricing: Member $72, Non-Member: $120
10% Discount for Online Registration Member $64.80, Non-Member: $108

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Cruising and Cruise Planning

Cruising and Cruise Planning does not have any prerequisite courses, yet it is like a capstone course bringing together knowledge and skills from many other courses. The course focuses on the planning and preparation necessary for safe enjoyable extended cruises on both inland and coastal waters. Designed for members who plan to cruise for just a day or for a year–in either a sail or powerboat–this course covers the following topics: Cruise Preparation and Planning, Boat and Equipment, Anchors and Anchoring, Security, Chartering, Cruising Outside the United States, Crew and Provisioning, Voyage Management, Communications, Navigation, Weather, and Emergencies. The course includes practice cruise project and concludes with a multiple choice close-book final exam.

Course Delivery: Combination of in-person (Roswell) and online classes as determined by instructor and students.
Schedule: Monday evenings 7 – 9 beginning Monday February 13 for about 10 weeks.
Pricing: Member $69, Non-Member: $113
10% Discount for Online Registration Member $62.10, Non-Member: $101.70

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Sailing is a complete sail course beginning with basic boat designs, rigging and processes for the non-sailor. The course proceeds into the physical aspects of sailing, sail applications, marlinespike, helmsmanship, and handling of more difficult sailing conditions, navigation rules, and an introduction to heavy weather sailing.

Course Delivery: Web-based, instructor-led except for first night of class and closed-book exam. Additionally at least one hands-on sail experience on Lake Lanier.
Schedule: Tuesday evenings 7 – 9 beginning mid-March for about 10 weeks.
Pricing: Member $59, Non-Member: $98
10% Discount for Online Registration Member $53.10, Non-Member: $88.20

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One Day Seminars

Practical On The Water Training

potwDo you learn better with hands-on training and retain more of what you learn? Then our Practical on the Water Training seminar is for you!  An excellent complement to our basic America’s Boating Course, this six hour seminar is the perfect combination of three hours of classroom training and three hours of hands-on on-the-water training. It provides an explanation of how your boat handles and why. Video clips let you visualize the techniques prior to your experiencing them on the water. Each student receives a copy of Powerboat Handling Illustrated, a DVD, a Student Manual, and a certificate acknowledging his/her training. Topics include:  use of lines, departing the dock, operating in a fairway, pivoting, mooring, backing, docking, steering, maneuvering through a slalom course, golding course on a range and quick stop.

Date: Saturday June 3, 9am – 3pm EDT
Rain Cancel Alternate Date: Sunday, June 4, 9am – 3pm EDT
Location: Lake Lanier, GA
Pricing: Member $150, Non-Member: $200
10% Discount for Online Registration Member $135, Non-Member: $180

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Partner in Command

partnerincommandThis seminar provides an introduction to boating for crew members who need basic information and who may or may not have taken a boating course. It is designed to provide essential information one may require to assist a skipper in the safe operation of a recreational boat. Included in the seminar are actions in response to emergencies. There are classroom and on-the-water portions.

Date: Saturday May 13 2016 from 9am-2pm ET
Location: Lake Lanier, GA
Pricing: Member: $50, Non-Member: $75
10% Discount for Online Registration Member: $45, Non-Member: $67.50

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