Classes Offered By ASPS

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

Single-day seminars currently offered are:
Partner in Command

America’s Boating Course (ABC)

America’s Boating Course is our basic boater safety program and is offered in a single, 8-hour day format on Saturdays at convenient lake side locations.  Following the final section, the closed-book exam, required for GA State and NASBLA certification will be offered. For more details, dates, locations and to sign up, visit our pages for Lake Lanier classes or Lake Allatoona classes, or email

Fall 2016 Classes


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 and 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.

This course starts on Monday, September 12th 2016 from 7PM to 9PM and runs about 10 weeks long. Course price is $87 per person for members and $145 per person for non-members. Receive a 10% discount for early registration.

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Engine Maintenance

The Engine Maintenance course stresses the diagnosis of modern systems, while also teaching the basics of engine layout and operation. Gasoline inboards, outboards, and diesel engines are taught in a way that reinforces the common aspects of how engines work. 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. The Engine Maintenance course also covers basic mechanical systems such as drive systems (propellers), steering systems, and engine controls.

This course starts on Tuesday, September 13th 2016 from 7PM to 9PM and runs about 8 weeks long. Course price is $59 per person for members and $98 per person for non-members. Receive a 10% discount for early registration.

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