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


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.

  • 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.

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/C Kevin Schoonover, SN

Schedule: Monday evenings 7 – 9 beginning Monday January 29. About 10 weeks.

Pricing:  Member $89, Non-Member: $148

10% Discount for Online Registration if registered at least 2 weeks prior to the course start.

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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.

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:  Dave Fuller, S

Schedule: Wednesday evenings 7 – 9 beginning Wednesday, January 31. About 10 weeks.

Pricing: Member $59, Non-Member: $98
10% Discount for Early Online Registration if registered at least 2 weeks prior to the course start.

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This is the second part of the study of offshore navigation. It picks up where Junior Navigation ends. The student is introduced to additional sight reduction techniques for the moon, planets, and stars and develops greater skill and precision in sight taking, positioning and the orderly methods of carrying on the day’s work of a navigator at sea. Of particular interest and importance is the study of electronic offshore navigation planning and execution using downloadable software.

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

Instructors: Mike Guler SN, Ken Odum SN

Schedule:  Tuesday evenings 7 – 9 beginning Tuesday January 23. 

Pricing: Member $202
10% Discount for Early Online Registration if registered at least 2 weeks prior to the course start.

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