Public Boating Courses

 

Your source for world-class boating education For Boaters, By Boaters®.  A variety of public boating courses are offered by the Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron.

Start with the America's Boating Course® which covers the basics of boating and meets the certification requirements in North Carolina for those under age 26. Please see below or click here for additional information on other classes.

 

 

Course Description
Marine Navigation Course: Member cost: $75.00 - Non-member cost: $100.00 Location: New Hanover County Arboretum
Date and Time: January 29 - April 1

Marine Navigation Course

 

Marine Navigation is the first of the navigational classes focusing on techniques for piloting a boat in coastal and inland conditions. The course emphasizes planning and checking along with the use of GPS and other electronic systems for determining position and introduces digital charting along with traditional charting, compass, and dead reckoning skills. Plotting, use of the compass, aids to navigation, electronic tools, and a host of related topics are included in this all-new approach to coastal, inland, and river piloting. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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
  • Pre-planning safe courses and entering them into the GPS
  • Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and bearings and dead reckoning
  • The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course. 

 

 

Schedule:  Starts January 29 for 8 weeks

 

Cost:  Member $75, non-member $100. Spouses/partners can share a textbook for an additional $20 (member), or $40 (nonmember). Note: 4x15 Plotter and dividers are necessary for the course and sold by the Squadron. 

 

Classroom:  

NC Cooperative Education Extension, New Hanover County Arboretum

6206 Oleander Dr., Wilmington NC 28403

 

 

 

 

 
If you have questions or need additional information,
 
please contact Lt/C Ned Rhodes SN, SEO at  educationofficer@capefearsailandpowersquadron.org
 

Photos will be taken at these events for publication in the Foghorn and Squadron website. If you do not wish to have your photo taken, please sign the Opt-Out sheet at this class. 

ABC Class: - cost: $105.00 Location: Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington
Date and Time: ABC June 22, Local Knowledge & On the Water June 23

America’s Boating Course®

 

The Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron is proudly offering the very best in safe boating education with their boating course. The course is centered around the 8-hour America’s Boating Course® offered on a single Saturday (8:00 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 3.5-hour "On-the-Water" 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. However, you do not have to own a boat to attend. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topics include:

 

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

 

Schedule:

 

June 22, 2024 – ABC Classroom 8:00 am – 4:30 pm


June 23, 2024
– Local Knowledge & On-the-Water Cruise 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

 

 

Cost:

 $105 (additional family members living in the same household can share the textbook at the discounted price of $65 each.)

 

 

Classroom:

New Hanover County Arboretum Education Center

 

6206 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403

 

 

 

 

 

Enrollment Opens Soon

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact:

  

1/Lt Meg Morrison, JN ASEO at aseo@capefearsailandpowersquadron.org

 

Photos will be taken at these events for publication in the Foghorn and Squadron website. If you do not wish to have your photo taken, please sign the Opt-Out sheet at this class. 

ABC Class: - cost: $105.00 Location: Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington
Date and Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

America’s Boating Course®

 

 

The Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron is proudly offering the very best in safe boating education with their boating course. The course is centered around the 8-hour America’s Boating Course® offered on a single Saturday (8:00 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 3.5-hour "On-the-Water" 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. However, you do not have to own a boat to attend. 

 

 

 

 

 

Topics include:

 

 

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

 

 

Schedule:

 

August 3, 2024 – ABC Classroom 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

 

August 4, 2024 – Local Knowledge & On-the-Water Cruise 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

 

 

Cost:

$105 (additional family members living in the same household can share the textbook at the discounted price of $65 each.)

 

 

Classroom:

Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington, 4100 Sunglow Dr., Wilmington NC 28405

 

 

Enrollment Opens Soon

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact:

  

1/Lt Meg Morrison, JN ASEO at aseo@capefearsailandpowersquadron.org

 

Photos will be taken at this class for publication in the Foghorn and Squadron website. If you do not wish to have your photo taken, please sign the Opt-Out sheet at this class.

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Online Boating Courses: Location: Online
Date and Time:

 

 

 

Seminars make it easy for you to acquire or update your knowledge and skills about specific topics in a short period of time, typically 2 hours.

 

Live webinars are a great way for instructors and students to meet in a virtual classroom.

 

We offer you the opportunity to take online boating courses, seminars, and webinars. Prices and the length of the classes vary.

 

 

 

 

 

Members get 25% off public price!

 

 

 

 


Topics:

 

Boat Handling Course (Seamanship)

 

Cruising Boats and Systems

 

Use Your GPS Like an Expert

 

Boat Safely With AIS Marine Electronics

 

Cruise Planning

 

Ocean Waves

 

Learn to Forecast the Weather

 

Thunderstorms & Severe Weather

 

Ocean Currents & Computer Navigation

 

Choosing and using a VHF radio for your boat

  

 

 

 

 

 


If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact:

 

Lt/C Ned Rhodes, SN SEO at educationofficer@capefearsailandpowersquadron.org, or

 

1/Lt Meg Morrison, JN ASEO at aseo@capefearsailandpowersquadron.org


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