Public Boating Courses

 

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

Start with America's Boating Course® which covers the basics of boating and meets the certification requirements in North Carolina for those under age 26. Then continue with the following:

 

 

                         Educational Offerings

 

(Click on each in the table below for more USPS information)

(Continue scrolling down for current local 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
Offshore Navigation Sail
Navigation Cruise Planning

Electronic Navigation

Instructor Development

 

Course Description
Radar for Boaters: Member cost: $85.00 Location: Cape Fear Community College
Date and Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Radar for Boaters

 

 

 

This course is up to date for radar technologies available now and into the near future. The course covers the different types of radar equipment, their capabilities and limitations, as well as their features and how they apply to students’ needs. It covers what you need to know about radar, from how and where to mount the antenna to how to interpret the displays, so you can use your radar for collision avoidance and for navigational purposes.

 

 

Students attending this course should have completed America’s Boating Course (or another NASBLA-approved boating safety course), preferably have completed Marine Navigation and Advanced Marine Navigation (currently Piloting and Advanced Piloting), and have boating experience.

 

 

 

  

 

 

Schedule: 11/21, 12/5, 12/19, 1/9/20 (6:30 - 8:30pm)

 

Cost: $85 person

 

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

 

 

 

If you would like to Register, 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. 

America's Boating Course: - cost: $85.00 Location: Cape Fear Community College
Date and Time: ABC 29 Feb, Local Knowledge & On the Water 1 Mar

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 "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.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Topics include:

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

 

Schedule:

 

29 February, 2020 – ABC Classroom Cape Fear Community College  8:00am – 4:30pm
1 March, 2020 – Local Knowledge & On-the-Water Cruise 8:00am - 12:00pm

 

 

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

 

 

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 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.

Weather Course: Member cost: $65.00 - Non-member cost: $90.00 Location: Cape Fear Community College
Date and Time: 29 April for 8 weeks, 6:30-8:30pm

            Weather Course

 

 

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, the 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 new-found 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:

  • United States Power Squadrons® 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

 

 

Schedule: 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

 

Cost: $65 members (additional family members living in the same household can share the textbook for an addtional $10)

 

           $90 non-members (addtional family memgers living in the same household can share the textbook for an additional $25)

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 
If you have any addional questions or need additional information,
 
please contact P/Lt/C Rick Sorrenti, AP for questions: ricksorrenti@outlook.com
 
 
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.
America's Boating Course: - cost: $85.00 Location: Cape Fear Community College
Date and Time: ABC 16 May, Local Knowledge & On the Water 17 May

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 "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.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topics include:

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

 

Schedule:

 

16 May, 2020 – ABC Classroom Cape Fear Community College 8:00am – 4:30pm
17 May, 2020 – Local Knowledge & On-the-Water Cruise 8:00am - 12:00pm

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

Enrollment Link Available Soon 

 

 

If you have any 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. 

America's Boating Course: - cost: $85.00 Location: Cape Fear Community College
Date and Time: ABC 15 Aug, Local Knowledge & On the Water 16 Aug

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 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 "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.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Topics include:

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

 

Schedule:

 

15 August, 2020 – ABC Classroom Cape Fear Community College 8:00am – 4:30pm
16 August, 2020 – Local Knowledge & On-the-Water Cruise 8:00am - 12:00pm

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

Enrollment Link Available Soon 

 

 

If you have any 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. 

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