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, 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 abc@usps-atlanta.org.


Winter 2015-2016 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.

This course starts on Monday, Jan 25th 2016 and runs about 8 weeks long. Course price is $72 per person for members and $120 for non-members. Receive a 10% discount for early registration.

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Advanced Piloting

Advanced Piloting is the second in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation. It continues to build coastal and inland navigation skill, allowing the student to take on more challenging conditions – unfamiliar waters, limited visibility, and extended cruises. GPS is embraced as a primary navigation tool while adding radar, chartplotters, and other electronic navigation tools. As with Piloting, the course includes many in-class exercises, advancing 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:

  • Review of skills learned in Piloting
  • Advanced positioning techniques such as advancing a line of position
  • Other electronics: radar, depth sounders, autopilots, chartplotters, laptop computer software, etc.
  • Hazard avoidance techniques using electronics (e.g., “keep out” zones in GPS)
  • Collision avoidance using radar and GPS
  • Working with tides: clearances, depth, effects of current
  • Piloting with wind and currents
  • The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course

This course starts on Monday, Jan 25th 2016 and runs about 8 weeks long. Course price is $63 per person for members and $105 per person for non-members. Receive a 10% discount for early registration.

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Marine Electrical Systems

Learn the ins and outs of your boat’s electrical systems. Gain the confidence to tackle direct current, shore power and communications installations.

The Marine Electrical Systems course is presented in seven chapters that start with an explanation of what electricity is, followed by discussions on boat electrical wiring, DC and AC electrical systems, galvanic and stray current corrosion, lightning protection, and ends with troubleshooting of boat electrical problems.

The course includes detailed instructions on how to use a multimeter, how to solder and crimp electrical wiring circuits, and how to read electrical wiring diagrams. This course can be used as a reference guide for anyone interested in properly maintaining their boat electrical system.

Topics include:

  • Boat electrical wiring practices
  • Direct Current (DC) power
  • Alternating Current (AC) power
  • Galvanic and stray current corrosion
  • Lightning protection
  • Troubleshooting electrical problems
  • How to use a multimeter
  • How to solder and crimp
  • How to read electrical wiring diagrams

This course starts on Monday, Jan 25th 2016 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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For questions or additional information contact seo@usps-atlanta.org.

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