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 abc@usps-atlanta.org.


Advanced Classes

Seamanship

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.

Instructors: P/Lt/C Richard Morrison SN, 1st Lt Meredith Randall AP

Schedule: Tuesday evenings 7 – 9 beginning Tuesday, September 12th for about 8 weeks.

Pricing: Member $72, Non-Member: $120

10% Discount for Online Registration Member $64.80, Non-Member: $108

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Weather

The safety and comfort of those who venture out-on-the water have always been weather dependent. In this course students will become keener observers of the weather, but weather observations only have meaning in the context of the basic principles of meteorology — the science of the atmosphere.The course focuses on how weather systems form, behave, move, and interact with one another and reflects the availability of all sorts of weather reports and forecasts on the Internet. Wx2012 is a general weather course benefiting those sitting in their living rooms, as much as those standing behind the helm. Each student receives:

  • a Weather Manual – USPS Weather – an explanatory text with full color photographs and drawings covering weather in the United States and its coastal and inland waters;
  • a set of three Daily Weather Maps – learning aids with a compete explanation of map symbols designed to develop weather map reading and analysis skills; and
  • NOAA’s Sky Watcher Chart – a reference to assist in identifying cloud types – helpful indicators of approaching weather.

Course Delivery: Web-based, instructor-led except for first night of class and exam. Make-up dates for in person activities can be arranged.

Instructor: P/C Kevin Schoonover SN

Schedule: Monday evenings 7 – 9 beginning Monday September 11. About 10 weeks.

Pricing: Member $72, Non-Member: $120
10% Discount for Early Online Registration (if registered online on or before September 5)

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Junior Navigation

Junior Navigation is the first of a two-part program of study in offshore (open coast) navigation. It is designed as a practical, how-to-course. Subject matter includes: basic concepts of celestial navigation; how to use a mariner’s sextant to take sights of the sun; the importance and techniques of accurate time determination; use of the Nautical Almanac; how to reduce sights to establish lines of position (LOPs); and the use of special charts, plotting sheets and other navigational data for offshore positioning and passage planning. Each student receives: student manual and SR, CLS and other forms and charts.

Course Delivery: Marathon first session followed by web-based, instructor-led except for first night of class and exam. Make-up dates for in person activities can be arranged.

Instructors: Mike Guler SN, Ken Odum SN

Schedule: Marathon session on Sunday, August 6 (may have a second such session), web sessions (TBD)

Pricing: Member $114, Non-Member: $190
10% Discount for Early Online Registration (if registered online on or before July 30)

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For questions or additional information contact seo@usps-atlanta.org.

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