Classes Offered By ASPS

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

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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.


Fall 2015 Classes

Piloting

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 will be instructed by Ryan Troncalli, SN on Monday evenings starting on September 14th at the Troncalli automobile dealership located in Cumming, GA.

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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.

This course will be instructed by Kevin Schoonover, SN on Monday evenings starting on September 14th from 7pm to 9pm.  The location is still TBD.  This course may also be available to attend via WebEx.

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Marine Communications

Marine Communications Systems is an in-depth, nine chapter review of those systems available to the recreational boater, or to those with whom he/she shares the water. Radio history and spectrum definitions are presented along with definitions of radio circuits that the student should learn, to choose the best communications method for his/her situation. One chapter is devoted to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and another to FCC Rules and regulations to set the stage for instruction of radiotelephone operating procedures (both voice and digital messaging are covered). The remaining chapters cover High Seas radio (MF/HF and satellite communications) and other systems such as Family Radio Service transceivers. There is also a chapter on troubleshooting of radio installations.

This course will be instructed by Mike Guler, SN on Tuesday evenings starting on September 15th from 7pm to 9pm.  The location is still TBD.  This course may also be available to attend via WebEx.

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

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