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
Boat Handling Course (Formerly Seamanship): Member cost: $65.00 - Non-member cost: $90.00 Location: Cape Fear Community College
Date and Time: Starts April 26, 6:30-8:30pm

 
Boat Handling Course


The United States Power Squadrons® has totally revamped its Seamanship course, and it's now called the Boat Handling Course. The class is taught more in a seminar format rather than strickly using PowerPoint slides. The class book will be distributed as an eBook so you can use it on any device or print it out as needed.

This Boat Handling Course will be a single course, comprised of six 2-hour sessions. It will be followed by a review and exam day, and then an on-the-water day to demonstrate some of the skills learned in class. The class will start Tuesday April 26, 2022 from 6:30-8:30pm. Parking is free. 
 
 
Boat Handling Topics:
  • Rules of the Road – A Practical Approach
  • Confidence in Docking and Undocking – Slow-Speed Maneuvering
  • Boating with Confidence – Handling Your Boat Underway
  • Anchoring with Assurance – Don’t Get Carried Away
  • Emergencies on Board – Preparation for Handling Common Problems
  • Knots and Line Handling – The Knots You Need to Know

 

Schedule:

 

April 26

 

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

 

June 7

 

Cost:

$80 (member) or $100 non-member. Spouses and partners can take the class and share the textbook for an additional $10 ($20 non-member).

 

 

Classroom:

Cape Fear Community College, Union Station Building - free campus parking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Lt/C Ned Rhodes, SN at educationofficer@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. 

America’s Boating Club® and logo are trademarks of the United States Power Squadrons®

America's Boating Course: - cost: $85.00 Location: Cape Fear Community College
Date and Time: ABC May 14, Local Knowledge & On the Water May 15

America’s Boating Course®

 

The Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron is proudly offering the very best in safe boating education with their boating course which will be offered at the Cape Fear Community College. The course is centered around the 8 hour America’s Boating Course® offered on a single Saturday (8:00am – 4:30pm). 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:

 

May 14, 2022 – ABC Classroom Cape Fear Community College 8:00am – 4:30pm


May 15, 2022
 – Local Knowledge & On-the-Water Cruise (time TBD)

 

 

Cost:

 $85 (additional family members living in the same household can share the textbook at the discounted price of $50 each.)

 

 

Classroom:

 Cape Fear Community College, Union Station Building - free campus parking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

Virtual Weather Series ProgramNWS : Location: Virtual Meetings
Date and Time:

  

 

 

2022 Virtual Weather Series Program

 
 
 
 
 
NWS Wilmington NC
 
 
 
 
Join us for a variety of great presentations in 2022!
 
 

 

 
May 6 @ 11:00 AM Weather and Safe Boating
 

 

June 1 @ 10:00 AM Hurricane Preparedness, 2022 Outlook, & Storm Surge
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
**ASL services provided with each presentation
 
 
 
 
 
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact:

P/Lt/C Rick Sorrenti, AP, Squadron Weather Guy at ricksorrenti@outlook.com
  
National Weather Service and logo are trademarks of NOAA and the US Dept of Commerce
ABC Class: Location: Cape Fear Community College
Date and Time:

America’s Boating Course®

 

The Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron is proudly offering the very best in safe boating education with their boating course which will be offered at the Cape Fear Community College. The course is centered around the 8 hour America’s Boating Course® offered on a single Saturday (8:00am – 4:30pm). 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 13, 2022 – ABC Classroom Cape Fear Community College 8:00am – 4:30pm

 

August 14, 2022 – Local Knowledge & On-the-Water Cruise (time TBD)

 

 

Cost:

 $85 (additional family members living in the same household can share the textbook at the discounted price of $50 each.)

 

 

Classroom:

 Cape Fear Community College, Union Station Building - free campus parking.

 

 

 

Registration 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.

America’s Boating Club® and logo are trademarks of the United States Power Squadrons®

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

 

 

 

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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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