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Anchoring

$ 50.00$ 70.00

Anchoring

Don’t drift!  Understand the issues and problems involving anchoring, such as anchor types and sizes.  Learn proper anchoring techniques for your area.  By understanding anchoring conditions and situations, you’ll protect your boat and get a good night’s sleep on the water. The kit includes the Anchoring Quick Guide and Anchoring Seminar booklet.

Next Anchoring Seminar – TBD at SPSS Headquarters

Basic Weather

$ 50.00$ 70.00

Basic Weather

Are the winds too strong?  What is a small craft advisory?  The safety and comfort of those who venture out on the water have always been weather dependent.  This seminar, a must for boaters who have never taken a weather course, will help you answer these questions and gain an understanding of the forces acting on your boat.  Understand the forecast and know what to expect, whether you’re in a kayak, trawler, sailboat, or schooner.  This seminar presents a complex subject in a way that is both understandable and useful.

Each seminar participant receives a waterproof McGraw Hill Captain’s QuickGuide – Onboard Weather Forecasting – designed for onboard and field use, along with a Student Guide with slide images and complete notes written especially for the seminar.

Basic Weather and Forecasting may be taken in a squadron-run session or as a fully interactive online learning experience titled Weather for Boaters.  Either way, this comprehensive seminar can be completed in 2-4 hours.

Next Basic Weather Seminar – TBD

How to Use a Chart

$ 35.00

How to Use a Chart

Whether you’re planning a cruise, going fishing, or traveling to a local marina, knowing how to read and use nautical charts is essential to safe boating.  Charts include must-have information, including bottom contours, hazards, and aids to navigation, to help you travel safely. Each student receives a waterproof flip-fold Chart Symbols and On-the-Water Guide to take along on the boat with you, as well as a Student Guide for the seminar.

Next How to Use a Chart Seminar

Hurricanes & Boats

$ 0.00

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 6, 2019 from 7-9PM

Introduction to Navigation Seminar

$ 50.00$ 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.

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Mastering the Rules of the Road

$ 50.00$ 70.00

Mastering the Rules of the Road

Don’t leave the dock without knowing the rules of the road.  This seminar simplifies the sometimes complex U.S. Inland Rules and International Rules, or COLREGS, for the recreational boater. Through examples, you’ll discover how to avoid collisions in various situations, the differences between power and sailboat rules, and the special rules for fishing vessel. This seminar includes McGraw-Hill’s The One Minute Guide to the Nautical Rules of the Road by Charlie Wing, as well as Student Notes with slides. This seminar is also a starting point for study preparation for the USCG License examination.

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Paddle Smart

$ 50.00$ 70.00

Paddle Smart

Encompassing everything from canoes, kayaks and paddle boats make boating affordable and accessible for everyone.  USPS training helps you do it safely.  Based on a compendium of information from the paddling community, this seminar prepares you to boat safely on small lakes, streams, and rivers. The seminar kit includes an attendee workbook for note-taking and reference and “The Complete Sea Kayaker’s Handbook” by Shelly Johnson. Included as a bonus is“Introduction to Paddling – canoeing basics for lakes and rivers” by the American Canoe Association.

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Partner in Command

$ 50.00$ 70.00

Partner in Command

Are you a crew member or passenger who has no idea what’s going on during a boat trip?  Learn the essential skills you will need to help the skipper safely operate a recreational boat, including how to respond in an emergency.  You’ll become an asset on board with Partner in Command.

The Partner in Command seminar includes an introduction to boating, understanding anchoring, docking, and navigation, preparing for bad weather, first aid and on-board emergencies, and more.

Partner in Command may be taken in a squadron-run session or as a fully interactive online learning experience.  Either way, this comprehensive seminar can be completed in 2-4 hours and comes with a full color Student Guide for the seminar.

Next Partner in Command Seminar

Radar

$ 50.00$ 70.00

Radar

This seminar covers RADAR functions, RADAR selection, and operation of RADAR under various conditions including setting of controls, display interpretation, basic navigation, and collision avoidance using RADAR.

Sail Trim

$ 50.00$ 70.00

Sail Trim

Are you getting the most out of your sailboat?  Learn how to set up your boat’s rigging and how to use and adjust your sails for optimum performance under a wide range of conditions.  You’ll sail like a pro using the tips from this seminar.  The seminar includes a copy of the waterproof Captain’s Quick Guide Sail Trim and Rig Tuning by Bill Gladstone and North Sails, as well as a copy of the seminar Student Notes.

Next Sail Trim Seminar – TBD at SPSS Headquarters (1900-2100)

Using VHF & VHF/DSC Radio

$ 50.00$ 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 – TBD