Boat Safety Is Important!

Sarasota Power and Sail Squadron Sarasota, FLLearning to boat safely is important – the increased knowledge will enhance your safety on the water and your enjoyment of the sport. The Sarasota Power and Sail Squadron offers several safe-boating courses to the public throughout the year at  building on Hyde Park Street. We also have a Video Library along with many great courses.

Please Note!

All of our courses and seminars, except ABC, require pre-registration and payment no later than three days before the session begins.  If, prior to course start, you find that you are unable to attend, the registration fee is fully refundable.  If the deadline has passed and you wish to take the course, contact the squadron education officer to determine if the course is still available.

All of our courses and seminars, except ABC, Offshore Navigation, and Celestial Navigation require a minimum of 4 students for the course to be taught.  ABC has no minimum and Offshore Navigation, and Celestial Navigation require only 2 students to be taught.  If, three days before the session is to begin, less than the minimum students have pre-registered, the course or seminar will be cancelled and any paid registration fees will be refunded.  Should the student count go below the minimum any time after the pre-registration deadline, including during course instruction, the course may be cancelled or continue at the instructor’s discretion.

Our Many Educational Opportunities

Our 2019 Class Schedules

ABC Boating Course

America’s Boating Course gives you the knowledge to decide what type and size boat you need, what to do when meeting another boat in a crowded waterway, and how to recognize and handle hazards.  Become a more competent boater, learn from the best, take America’s Boating Course today.
This course can be taken as a classroom course at our headquarters in Sarasota.

Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete America’s Boating Course. And, this beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certificate in many states. More Info…

An Introduction to Celestial Navigation, Illustrated and Animated

$ 40.00

February 18th and 20th, 2020, from 7-9 pm.

Graham Peterson’s cell number is 828-290-8088

“An Introduction to Celestial Navigation, Illustrated and Animated”, has been designed specifically for the fun and intellectual enjoyment of individuals who may have an interest in this fascinating science. No quizzes, no final exams, no homework. No prior knowledge required. Just come for the “big picture” of navigating by the sky. The class is presented as an introduction to a more comprehensive two-course series on celestial navigation offered by the Sarasota Power and Sail Squadron.

The class will be presented in a two day format with each session lasting approximately two hours. It will be held at the main headquarters of the Sarasota Power and Sail Squadron at 2814 Hyde Park St., Sarasota, FL. The class will be held on February 18th and 20th, 2020, from 7-9 pm. Call now to reserve your space as seating may be limited. For more information, and to pre-register for this class go to www.sarasota-boating.org and click on the “Education” tab, then find the class entitled “Introduction to Celestial Navigation”.

Instructor Development

$ 0.00

Instructor Development

October 19th, 2020

Unlike other USPS courses, the Instructor Development course is not designed to enhance boating skills. Rather, its emphasis is on enhancing presentation techniques and instructor skills. The course has been designed to demonstrate interactive teaching methods focused on adult learning. Students are required to prepare lesson plans and give three presentations to their peers utilizing a variety of teaching aids and presentation skills.

Cruising & Cruise Planning

$ 75.00$ 125.00

Cruising and Cruise Planning

Contact instructor for dates and time – Joe Barnette 941-928-9207 cjbarnette@yahoo.com

Want to take a “road trip” on the water?  Gain the confidence and practical skills needed to explore ports and coves for a weekend or weeks at a time.  Take Cruising and Cruise Planning and join your fellow boaters for raft-ups and rendezvous up the river, down the bay, and along the coast.

Engine Maintenance

$ 75.00$ 125.00

Engine Maintenance

Contact instructor for dates and time – Barry Rush 631-987-8399 brush41@verizon.net

Every skipper needs to understand the fundamentals of gas and diesel engines to perform basic maintenance and diagnose problems under way.  Learn about transmissions, propellers, and steering.  Get the knowledge you need to keep your boat in tiptop shape.

Start Date: TBD

Weather

$ 75.00$ 125.00

WEATHER

Contact Instructor for dates and time: Mike Wedge 941-951-6806 captwedge1@gmail.com

For boaters, knowing the forecast isn’t enough; you need to understand its impact on you and your boat.  Gain the knowledge and confidence to venture out on the water.  Be a responsible skipper, protect your friends and family and take this course today.

Start Date: TBD

Sail

$ 75.00$ 125.00

Sail

Learn about basic sailboat designs and nomenclature, rigging, and safety from experienced USPS sailors.  Then tackle the physical aspects of sailing forces and techniques, sail applications, marlinespike, helmsmanship, and handling of difficult sailing conditions.  This course will benefit non-sailors as well as novice and experienced sailors.

Start Date: January 14th, 2020

Marine Communication Systems

$ 75.00$ 125.00

Marine Communication Systems

Tuesday, Feb 4th

Starting on February 4th at 6:00 PM. The classes will take place weekly for 7-weeks. The instructor is Demetri Lignos and his email address is: (demetri.lignos@gmail.com) in case you have any questions about the course.

Become a better boater by mastering your radio in the digital age.  Learn voice communications and the use of digital selective calling (DSC), and get the skills you need for a day sail or offshore adventure.  Learn from experienced instructors in an interactive classroom environment.

Start Date: Tuesday, Feb 4th

Electronic Navigation

$ 75.00$ 125.00

Electronic Navigation

Learn the ins and outs of your boat’s navigation systems.  Gain the confidence in understanding Global Positioning Systems (GPS),  chart plotters, programming, using computers and tablets, and readily available software on the market today. There is also a section devoted to the Automatic Identification System (AIS). Enroll in this course today.

Start Date:  October 8th, 2020

Marine Electronics

$ 75.00$ 125.00

Marine Electrical Systems

Learn the ins and outs of your boat’s electrical systems.  Gain the confidence to tackle direct current, shore power and communications installations.  Ensure the safety and reliability of your vessel; enroll in this course today.

This course is usually completed in nine two-hour sessions, followed by an exam.

Start Date:  October 6, 2020, 7 weeks, 1900-2100

Boat Handling

$ 75.00$ 100.00

Boat Handling

March 31st, 2020 – May 12th, 2020

Build boating confidence and competence for safe and fun on-the-water adventures. Boat Handling provides a foundation of knowledge and skills in boat handling and maneuvering, boat operation, skipper’s responsibilities, and boating techniques that will advance your boating enjoyment.

Learn the types of boats, knots, and boat handling in varying sea conditions. Prerequisite: ABC Boat Safety class. This course is normally completed in 7 two-hour sessions: six sessions of study, one session of review and exam.

Boat Handling Class Dates

March 31st, 2020 – May 12th, 2020

October 20th, 2020

Marine Navigation – Piloting

$ 100.00$ 150.00

Marine Navigation – Piloting

Learn the essentials of safe coastal and inland navigation using basic GPS in conjunction with charts and other marine data.  The Marine Navigation course teaches you how to use the GPS along with traditional dead reckoning techniques for planning and laying out safe routes, as well as ensuring that you are on-course while underway.

Start Date: January 13th, 2020

October 5th, 2020

Advanced Marine Navigation – Advanced Piloting

$ 100.00$ 150.00

Advanced Marine Navigation – Advanced Piloting

Start Date: January 9th, 2020

You are invited to attend the 2020 Advanced Marine Navigation class.  Classes start on Thursday, Jan 9, 2020 and run for 10 weeks from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

Advanced Marine Navigation, formerly Advanced Piloting is the second in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation. It continues to build coastal and inland navigation skill, allowing you to take on more challenging conditions – unfamiliar waters, limited visibility, and extended cruises. GPS is embraced as a primary navigation tool while adding radar, chartplotters, and other electronic navigation tools. As with Marine Navigation (Piloting), the course includes many in-class exercises, advancing your skill through hands-on practice and learning.

Topics covered include:

•      Review of skills learned in Piloting

•      Advanced positioning techniques such as advancing a line of position

•      Other electronics: radar, depth sounders, autopilots, chartplotters, laptop computer software, etc.

•      Hazard avoidance techniques using electronics (e.g., “keep out” zones in GPS)

•      Collision avoidance using radar and GPS

•      Working with tides: clearances, depth, effects of current

•      Piloting with wind and currents

•      The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course

 

Advanced registration is required so that adequate materials may be ordered.  Cost of the course for USPS members is $100.00

To register, contact me at 941-400-6467 or albur103a@gmail.com.  You may also register on-line at Sarasota-boating.org but please call or email me if you do.

Al Burmeister

Offshore Navigation – Junior Navigation

$ 100.00$ 150.00

Offshore Navigation – Junior Navigation

Contact instructor for dates and time: Ed Fisch 941-923-5277 edcar2@aol.com

What happens when your GPS fails? Have fun and satisfy your curiosity about boating in the days before electronics in the Offshore Navigation course.  Learn to use a marine sextant to take sights on celestial objects such as the sun.  Even if you are not traveling long distances offshore, remember that GPS is not infallible, nor always available.  Be confident when no aids to navigation or land objects are in sight.

In Offshore Navigation, you will continue to use GPS as the primary position sensor as you learned in Marine Navigation and Advanced Marine Navigation, but with celestial navigation as your backup technique. Because terrestrial landmarks are no longer visible to the offshore navigator, you will learn to use a marine sextant and the sun as your reference point, derive a line of position, and develop a running fix. You will also learn to calculate your latitude from a noon sight on the sun.

This interesting and challenging course emphasizes the practical aspects of daytime celestial navigation. You will also learn to prepare a sight folder that documents your positioning skills using sights taken on the sun. The course will take approximately 13 weeks to complete and you will have two additional weeks to complete an open book exam.

Course Requirements- Prior Completion of Marine Navigation-Piloting and Advanced Marine Navigation-Advanced Piloting

Start Date: TBD

Using VHF & VHF/DSC Radio

$ 40.00$ 70.00

Using VHF & VHF/DSC Radio

Get familiar with your boat’s VHF marine radio in just two hours.  Experienced instructors teach you how to use VHF radio like a pro, including the new digital selective calling (DSC) rescue feature.  You’ll also get tips on purchasing and installing VHF to get the most out of your investment. A handy waterproof McGraw-Hill Captain’s QuickGuide Using VHF is included with essential information that you should have aboard. This QuickGuide explains to anyone on your crew how to use the radio, a real benefit if you’re unable to help in an emergency.

Next Using VHF/DSC Radio Seminar – February 20th, 2020

Hurricane Prep

$ 40.00

Hurricanes & Boats

When a named storm threatens, you need to be prepared and protect your boat.  In this short seminar, you’ll learn how to select a location from which to weather the storm and prepare your boat for a hurricane. The kit includes Student Notes with copies of the slides.

June 25th, 2020

Basic Coastal Navigation Seminar

$ 40.00$ 70.00

Introduction to Navigation

Today, electronics have radically changed navigation, but understanding the basics helps you gain confidence in your equipment and your own skills.

In this seminar you’ll learn practical techniques to plan, navigate, and check your progress on the water. You will develop situational awareness skills using your eyes and navigation tools to quickly point to your position on a chart, and be able to use backup techniques when the electronics become suspect. This seminar will help both captain and crew to navigate safely and comfortably.

The seminar kit contains The Weekend Navigator textbook, a Seminar Notes booklet, and Maptech’s Chart Navigator Training CD, which includes software and digital charts to gain familiarity with this new technology.

Next Basic Coastal Navigation Seminar: January 16th, 2020

Celestial Navigation

$ 100.00$ 150.00

Celestial Navigation

Call instructor for dates and time – Graham Peterson 828-290-8088 Gpete909@gmail.com

Learn navigation using all the celestial bodies! Use navigational software tools to plan and execute an offshore voyage. In the event of a loss of electronics on board, you’ll be glad you took this course and developed the necessary backup skills for an offshore voyage. Even if you have no plans to travel offshore, you will be able to impress your boating friends with your depth of celestial knowledge.

The Celestial Navigation course will teach you how to use the moon, planets, and stars to determine your position at morning and evening twilight to supplement daytime sights on the sun, moon, and bright planets. You will also get access to and use navigational software tools that can be used to plan and execute any voyage.

Course Requirements- Prior Completion of Coastal Navigation – Junior Navigation

Advanced Registration Required

Small Boat Maneuvering Course

$ 125.00$ 175.00

Small Boat Maneuvering Course

Sarasota Power & Sail Squadron in partnership with Freedom Boat Club has developed an on the water small boat maneuvering course. We put you behind the helm of a 20’ -23’ outboard and instruct you in the basic maneuvers-docking & undocking, pivot turns, close quarter boat handling, throttle control, engine control, planning, crossing wakes and anchoring. 2 1/2 hours of classroom to brush up on the regulations and review what maneuvers we will do on the water. 15-20 minutes on the only virtual boat maneuvering simulator in the state of Florida then 4 hours of on the water, hands on training. $125 member price, $175 non-member price.

Completion  certificate of a classroom course ( sorry no on-line course completion certificates are accepted for this course) of a  United States Power Squadron or United States Coast Guard Auxiliary safe boating course is required to take this course. Open to persons 21 years and older.

One of the most exciting aspects of membership at SPSS is the opportunity to take advantage of the wide array of courses offered to members. The program is diverse and challenging, and offers the promise of greater enjoyment and safety in your own boating activities – as well as the satisfaction of personal accomplishment. Like all activities in the Squadron, participation is purely voluntary, and the instructors offer their services without pay.

An exciting new program we have started is our Small Boat Maneuvering Course.  This program is a combination of a three-hour classroom experience and a four-hour hands-on on the water training experience.  A certified instructor will work with teams of three people to help you develop basic boating handling skills.

We Offer

  • Courses in Boat Handling, Marine Navagation, Celestial Navigation, Marine Electronics, Weather, Engine Maintenance, Cruise Planning, GPS, Radar,and more.
  • More than 20 self-study and video courses are available on a variety of subjects such as Radar, Oceanography, Navigational Astronomy and Boat Insurance.
  • Extensive Library on Nautical subjects, Charts, Videos, Magazines and more.

Successfully completing the America’s Boating Course meets the educational requirements for boat operation in most states.

The Educational Trust Fund is an opportunity to give back to SPSS, which has given so much over the years, and to help ensure its continued success in bringing boating education to all.