Your source for premier boating education.  A variety of courses are offered by the Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron and all are available to the public.

Start with America's Boating Course® which covers the basics of boating and meets the certification requirements in NC for those under age 26.  

Then continue with the following:

Cape Fear Boating Club educational offerings:

These should be taken in sequence: These may be taken at any time:   
 America's Boating Course® Marine Communications Systems

Boat Handling

Marine Electrical Systems

 Piloting

Engine Maintenance

 Advanced Piloting 

Weather
Junior Navigation Sail
Navigation Cruise Planning

Electronic Navigation

Instructor Development

Get more information about these courses (click) and the many seminars (click) available from the

United States Power Squadrons® 

Course Description
Engine Maintenance: Member cost: $55.00 - Non-member cost: $80.00 Location: Cape Fear Community College
Date and Time: Feb 6 for 8 weeks 6:30-8:30 for 8 weeks

 

Engine Maintenance Course Description

 

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 new Engine Maintenance course also covers basic mechanical systems such as drive systems (propellers), steering systems, and engine controls. The last chapter discusses solutions you might use to problems that could occur while afloat and away from a repair facility. Gasoline, diesel, and outboard engines are treated independently in this chapter.


The course starts Feb 06, 2018 and will run for 8 weeks.  

Class will be presented at CFCC Union Building  with free on-campus parking
Tuesday nights 6:30 – 8:30 PM. 

Member $55.  Member spouse $10
Non-member $80Non-member spouse $25

 

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 For more information email Ned Rhodes, SEO at  educationofficer@capefearsailandpowersquadron.org

 

America's Boating Course 3rd Edition: - cost: $85.00 Location: Cape Fear Community College
Date and Time: ABC Feb 23, Local Knowledge & On the Water Feb 24

 

The Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron is proudly offering the very best in safe boating education with their newly revamped boating course which will be offered three times per year at the Cape Fear Community College. The course is centered around the 8-hour America’s Boating Course® now offered on a single Saturday (8 AM – 4:30 PM). This class is NASBLA approved and USCG recognized and will satisfy NC safe boating requirements for anyone under 26 years of age.

For new boaters or boaters new to the Cape Fear coastal area we have expanded the program to include our exclusive “Local Knowledge” combined with our "On-theWater teaching cruise" on the following Sunday (free parking on the streets of Wilmington).  We'll address the challenges and complexities of boating in our local coastal environment where we'll tie everything together.  

Thel cost is $85, additional family members living in the same household can share the textbook at the discounted price of $50 each.

Visit the websites www.capefearboatingcourse.org or www.wilmingtonboatingclass.org to learn more and to enroll. 

 Topics include:

  • Required Safety Equipment
  • Navigation Rules & Aids
  • Finding Your Way
  • Marlinspike (knots!)
  • Trailering
  • Anchoring
  • Communications Afloat
  • Lights and Sound signals

Feb 23, 2019 – ABC classroom CFCC   8 AM – 4:30 PM
Feb 24, 2019 – Local Knowledge & OTW 11 AM - 3 PM

 

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Marine Electrical Systems: Location: Cape Fear Community College
Date and Time: Mar 06, for 8 weeks: 6:30-8:30

 Marine Electrical Systems 

Electronic devices for the recreational boater have come a long, long way over the years. With the advent of solid state digital electronics, sophisticated sensors and radios have become commonplace on our vessels. EMSCom has split Marine Electronics into three new standalone “systems” courses. Marine Electrical Systems, Marine Communications Systems, and Marine Navigation Systems are loosely equivalent to ME101/102/103, but with updated and expanded material.

The first of these three courses, Marine Electrical Systems, is now available. Marine Electrical Systems (MES) covers the practice of wiring your boat, including boat electrical wiring practices and diagrams, direct and alternating current power, galvanic and stray current corrosion, and lightning protection. Troubleshooting is emphasized throughout, so students should feel comfortable performing even tricky wiring tasks after passing this course. 

Your instrucors are:   Lead Instructor P/C Ron Tilmon, SN with assistant instructors  Josh Roberts, JN and P/C Ham Hicks, AP. 

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Getting Credit for Marine Electronics — Old vs. New Courses

Many have asked about the credit granted for the Marine Electronics series. As we switch from old courses to new, we will switch from one elective (Marine Electronics) to three electives (Marine Electrical Systems, Marine Communications Systems, Marine Navigation Systems) and this has caused some confusion during the transition from the old series to the new.

Students must successfully complete the entire three module set of ME101/102/103 to gain credit for Marine Electronics. Students will be given credit for each of the new courses, so by utilizing the new material they can get credit for up to three electives. As the grade of SN now requires successful completion of six out of eight elective courses, students can earn half of their needed electives by passing this series. If they stay with the old material, only one course credit will be granted.

Weather: - cost: $65.00 Location: Cape Fear Community College
Date and Time: Apr 10 for 8 weeks, 6:30-8:30

           Weather

 

Even the most experienced Captain will tell you that boating is always dependent on the weather.  This course provides a basic understanding of atmospheric stability; forming the foundation of how weather systems build, move and interact with one another. You will learn  how and why weather patterns circulate on earth, effects of the atmosphere, oceans, air and land masses, wind pressure, ocean currents, jet stream, water, humidity, fog, clouds, and precipitation. 

 The  level of information about our earth’s weather is guaranteed to give you a newfound appreciation and understanding of how daily weather can help or hinder your boating experience.   You will get hands on training on how to predict anticipated weather along with insights into automated tools  that every boater or weather enthusiast will  find extremely useful.  This course will benefit the most seasoned mariner as well as those to who never intend to venture out into the water but admire what “Mother Nature” can produce.

Each student will receive:
-       USPS Weather Textbook - an explanatory text with full color photographs and drawings covering weather in the United States and its coastal and inland waters
-       Set of 3 millibar charts – to introduce weather forecasting and weather station symbology
-       NOAA’s Sky Watcher Chart - a reference  identifying all of the  cloud types – which serves as one  tool to help identify approaching weather.

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America's Boating Course 3rd Edition: - cost: $85.00 Location: Cape Fear Community College
Date and Time: ABC May 18, Local Knowledge and On the Water May 19

The Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron is proudly offering the very best in safe boating education with their newly revamped boating course which will be offered three times per year at the Cape Fear Community College. The course is centered around the 8-hour America’s Boating Course® now offered on a single Saturday (8 AM – 4:30 PM). This class is NASBLA approved and USCG recognized and will satisfy NC safe boating requirements for anyone under 26 years of age.

For new boaters or boaters new to the Cape Fear coastal area we have expanded the program to include our exclusive “Local Knowledge” combined with our "On-theWater teaching cruise" on the following Sunday (free parking on the streets of Wilmington).  We'll address the challenges and complexities of boating in our local coastal environment where we'll tie everything together.  

Thel cost is $85, additional family members living in the same household can share the textbook at the discounted price of $50 each.

Visit the websites www.capefearboatingcourse.org or www.wilmingtonboatingclass.org to learn more and to enroll. 

 Topics include:

  • Required Safety Equipment
  • Navigation Rules & Aids
  • Finding Your Way
  • Marlinspike (knots!)
  • Trailering
  • Anchoring
  • Communications Afloat
  • Lights and Sound signals

May 18, 2019 – ABC classroom CFCC   8 AM – 4:30 PM
May 19, 2019 – Local Knowledge & OTW 11 AM - 3 PM

 

 

 

Click here for more information and to enroll 

 

 

America's Boating Course 3rd Edition: - cost: $85.00 Location:
Date and Time: ABC Aug 24, Local Knowledge & On the Water Aug 25

 

The Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron is proudly offering the very best in safe boating education with their newly revamped boating course which will be offered three times per year at the Cape Fear Community College. The course is centered around the 8-hour America’s Boating Course® now offered on a single Saturday (8 AM – 4:30 PM). This class is NASBLA approved and USCG recognized and will satisfy NC safe boating requirements for anyone under 26 years of age.

For new boaters or boaters new to the Cape Fear coastal area we have expanded the program to include our exclusive “Local Knowledge” combined with our "On-theWater teaching cruise" on the following Sunday (free parking on the streets of Wilmington).  We'll address the challenges and complexities of boating in our local coastal environment where we'll tie everything together.  

Thel cost is $85, additional family members living in the same household can share the textbook at the discounted price of $50 each.

Visit the websites www.capefearboatingcourse.org or www.wilmingtonboatingclass.org to learn more and to enroll. 

 Topics include:

  • Required Safety Equipment
  • Navigation Rules & Aids
  • Finding Your Way
  • Marlinspike (knots!)
  • Trailering
  • Anchoring
  • Communications Afloat
  • Lights and Sound signals

Aug 24, 2019 – ABC classroom CFCC   8 AM – 4:30 PM
Aug 25, 2019 – Local Knowledge & OTW 11 AM - 3 PM

 

 

Click here for more information and to enroll 

 

 


 

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