Courses

A  variety of courses are offered by the Columbus Sail and Power Squadron, both to the public and to our members.

America's Boating Course® is also available to the public, and is a self-study course with CD-ROM and workbook. More information is available on the ABC Course here .

Course Description Schedule
Seminar - Practical Marine Engine Maintenance: - Non-member cost: $20.00

Practical Marine Engine Maintenance

Is your boat running at peak performance?  Are you hearing any strange noises from your engine?  After this seminar, you will leave with a better understanding of the operations of your boat so you can have an educated discussion with your mechanic if you cannot fix the problem on your own.

 

Location: Headquarters - 8492 Cotter St, Lewis Center, OH 43035
Date and Time: Wednesday Nov 16, 2016 @ 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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The Art of Trailering and Tuning It Up :

The Art of Trailering and Tuning It Up

          Saturday, May 14th 10am-2pm (includes lunch) at HQ -  This seminar is for individuals and couples.  We will start with classroom time devoted to trailering, maintenance and answering any questions you may have. Then experienced and gentle instructors will take you into a vehicle with a load and teach you the art of trailering.

          Bring your trailer and get a tune-up.  We will assist you in packing the wheel bearings and checking the brake fluid.  Bring your own bearing buddies for free installation.  We will check all wiring and the harness of your trailer.  If you wish to change your lights, bring a compatible LED light kit for your trailer and we will assist you in proper replacement.  LED kits are available at West Marine (ask for Harold), AutoZone, Wal-Mart etc.  CSPS members have priority on light replacement.  All tools and grease will be provided.  Donations accepted for incidentals.  If you have any questions about your trailer, give Michael Hughes a call at 614/488/4758 as soon as possible.  

          Non-members: This seminar is $30 for individuals and $50 couples, lunch is included. CSPS Members are free, but lunch is $10 each. Register today for this hands-on seminar at www.columbussailandpower.org under the education tab.

 

Location: Columbus Sail and Power Squadron
Date and Time: 10am-2pm
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Americas Boating Course (ABC) - 1st Class: - Non-member cost: $50.00

America's Boating Course (ABC) FIRST CLASS

Learn the fundamentals of safe boat handling and operation plus basic piloting in this comprehensive classroom course. This newly revised course will give you the basics of line throwing, knot tying, boat handling, anchoring, navigation rules and aids, emergencies on the water and more. Instructors have many years of boating experience shared between inland waters and Lake Erie. An Ohio Department of Natural Resources officer will present Ohio laws and rules.  

This course is recommended because of its detailed course study. With successful completion of our ABC course you receive a certificate of safe boating from the State of Ohio. 

   Topics include:

  • Required Safety Equipment
  • Navigation Rules & Aids
  • Finding Your Way
  • Marlinspike (knots!)
  • Registration & Ohio Department of Watercraft Regulations
  • Trailering
  • Anchoring
  • Communications Afloat
  • Lights and Sound signals

 

Location: 8492 cotter St., Lewis Center, OH 43035
Date and Time: Saturday Feb 18, 2017 (8a.m. - 6:00p.m. (Lunch is provided). Registration: 7:00a.m. - 8:00a.m. - Continental Breakfast available Cost: $50 - class materials
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Americas Boating Course (ABC) - 2nd Class: - Non-member cost: $50.00

 

America's Boating Course (ABC) 2nd Class

Learn the fundamentals of safe boat handling and operation plus basic piloting in this comprehensive classroom course. This newly revised course will give you the basics of line throwing, knot tying, boat handling, anchoring, navigation rules and aids, emergencies on the water and more. Instructors have many years of boating experience shared between inland waters and Lake Erie. An Ohio Department of Natural Resources officer will present Ohio laws and rules 

This course is recommended because of its detailed course study. With successful completion of our ABC course you receive a certificate of safe boating from the State of Ohio. 

   Topics include:

  • Required Safety Equipment
  • Navigation Rules & Aids
  • Finding Your Way
  • Marlinspike (knots!)
  • Registration & Ohio Department of Watercraft Regulations
  • Trailering
  • Anchoring
  • Communications Afloat
  • Lights and Sound signals
  Topics include:
  • Required Safety Equipment
  • Navigation Rules & Aids
  • Finding Your Way
  • Marlinspike (knots!)
  • Registration & Ohio Department of Watercraft Regulations
  • Trailering
  • Anchoring
  • Communications Afloat
  • Lights and Sound signals

 

 

Location: 8492 Cotter St., Lewis Center, OH 43035
Date and Time: Saturday Mar 11, 2017 (8a.m. - 6:00p.m. (Lunch is provided). Cost: $50 - class materials. Registration: 7:00a.m. - 8:00a.m. - Continental Breakfast available
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Seamanship (Boat Handling): Member cost: $55.00 - Non-member cost: $85.00

Course Covers:

  • What to know before you go
  • Hull and Propulsion System Charecteristics
  • Slow Speed Maneuvering
  • Boat Handling at Sea
  • Rules of the Road
  • Anchoring / Mooring / Rafting
  • Emergencies on the Water
  • Marilinspike / Line Handling

Includes 16 - 18 class hours of instruction plus course materials


 

Location: 8492 Cotter Street Lewis Center, OH 43035
Date and Time: Tuesday nights 7-9pm, Mar 21 - May 16, 2017 (9 weeks).
Non-member Registration Member Registration
Piloting (Basic Inland & Coastal Navigation): Member cost: $70.00 - Non-member cost: $100.00

Course Covers:

  • Charts & Their Interpretation
  • Navigational Aids
  • Plotting Courses
  • The Compass
  • Using GPS
  • Preplanning Safe Courses

Incl. 20 class-hours of instruction ,USPS Piloting Course Student Guide, “Weekend Navigator”

Prerequisite: SEAMANSHIP
 

Location: 8492 Cotter Street Lewis Center, OH 43035
Date and Time: Monday nights 7-9pm, Sep 12 - Dec 5, 2016 (13 weeks)
Non-member Registration Member Registration
Advanced Piloting (Advanced Inland & Coastal Navigation): Member cost: $70.00 - Non-member cost: $100.00

Course Covers:

  • Electronic Navigational; GPS
  • Digital Charts; Plotters
  • Collision Avoidence; Radar
  • Positioning; Bearings
  • When Electronics Fail
  • Piloting with Tides, Winds & Currents

Incl. 20 class-hours of instruction, USPS Advanced Piloting Course Student Guide, “Weekend Navigator” 

Prerequisite: PILOTING

 

 

Location: 8492 Cotter Street Lewis Center, OH 43035
Date and Time: Monday nights 7-9pm; Mar 21 - May 22, 2017 (10 weeks)
Non-member Registration Member Registration
Junior Navigation: Member cost: $175.00 - Non-member cost: $205.00

Course Covers:

  • Precise time determination
  • Use of the Nautical Almanac
  • Taking sextant sights of the sun
  • Reducing sights to establish lines of position
  • Use of charts and plotting sheets for offshore navigation
  • Offshore navigational routines for recreational craft

Includes approximately 29 class-hours of instruction and student manual  

Prerequisite: ADVANCED PILOTING

Location: 8492 Cotter Street Lewis Center, OH 43035
Date and Time: Wednesday nights 7-9pm, Sep 21, 2016 - Jan 4, 2017 (16 weeks)
Non-member Registration Member Registration
Navigation: Member cost: $175.00 - Non-member cost: $205.00

Course Covers:

  • Overview of the celestial bodies in the sky
  • Find local mean time of solar and lunar phenomena and convert to zone time
  • Taking sights and finding observed altitude, local hour, angle and declination
  • Sight Reduction and Plotting by Law of Cosines
  • Sight Reduction and Plotting by the Nautical Almanac
  • Sight Reduction Method Sight Planning
  • Emergency Navigation
  • Electronics and Software for Offshore Navigation
  • Plan an offshore voyage using both electronic and celestial positioning

Includes approximately 33 class-hours of instruction and student manual  

                                                                       Prerequisite: JUNIOR NAVIGATION

Location: 8492 Cotter Street Lewis Center, OH 43035
Date and Time: Wednesday nights 7-9:30 pm, Mar 15 - May 31, 2017 (12 weeks) Instructor: Roger Hankle. Times are subject to change. Return to this page for updates.
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Cruise Planning: Member cost: $50.00 - Non-member cost: $80.00

Course Covers:

  • Criuse Preperation and Planning
  • Boat & Needed Equipment
  • Chartering
  • Outside the United States
  • Crew Selection; Provisions
  • Voyage Managment; Navigation
  • Weather; Emergencies

Includes 18-20 class-hours of instruction, USPS Cruise Planning Course Student Guide

 

 
Location: 8492 Cotter Street Lewis Center, OH 43035
Date and Time: Monday nights 7-9pm, Mar 7 - May 9, 2016 (10 weeks)
Not Scheduled
Engine Maintenance: Member cost: $55.00 - Non-member cost: $85.00

Course Covers:

  • Basic Engine Principles
  • Spark Ignition & Diesel Engine Components & Routine Maintenance
  • Inboard Engine Drive Systems
  • Outboard Engines and Stern Drives
  • Contols, Instruments, Alarms
  • Emergency Repairs Afloat

Incl. 20 Class-hours of Instruction plus USPS Engine Maintenance Course Student Manual plus Handouts.

Location: 8492 Cotter Street Lewis Center, OH 43035
Date and Time: Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, Sep 23 - Nov 25, 2015
Not Scheduled
Marine Communication Systems: Member cost: $65.00 - Non-member cost: $95.00

Course Covers:

  • Radio History and Frequency Spectrum
  • Definitions of Radio Circuits
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems (GMDSS)
  • FCC Rules and Regulations
  • High Seas Radio (MF / HF and Satellite Communications)
  • Troubleshooting of Radio Systems

Incl. 20-22 Class-hours of Instruction plus USPS Marine Electronics Course Student Guide plus Handouts.

Location: 8492 Cotter Street Lewis Center, OH 43035
Date and Time: Wednesday nights 7-9:00 pm, Jan 20 - Mar 9. 2016 (8 weeks)
Non-member Registration Member Registration
Marine Electronic Navigation: Member cost: $65.00 - Non-member cost: $95.00

Course Covers:

  • Navigating by establishing waypoints and routes
  • Running the planned courses
  • Electronic charting software for the desktop computer
  • Tablet and smartphone apps that provide the electronic navigation function at the helm
  • Hands-on exercises on a PC that simulates GPS functions
  • Using charting software and a chart plotter emulator
  • Overview of the Automatic Identification System (AIS)

Incl. 16-18 Class-hours of Instruction plus USPS Electronics Navigation Course Student Guide. 

Location: 8492 Cotter Street Lewis Center, OH 43035
Date and Time: Wednesday nights 7-9pm, Mar 22 - May 10, 2017 (8 weeks). Instructor: Larry Lowe. Times are subject to change. Return to this page for updates.
Non-member Registration Member Registration
Marine Electrical Systems: Member cost: $65.00 - Non-member cost: $95.00

Course Covers:

  • Boat Power (AC & DC)
  • Galvanic Corrosion
  • Lightning Protection
  • Radio Waves and Equipment
  • FCC Frequency Plan
  • Radiotelephone Usage
  • Radar, Loran, Sounders
  • GPS and Electronic Charts

Incl. 20-22 Class-hours of Instruction plus USPS Marine Electronics Course Student Guide plus Handouts.

Location: 8492 Cotter Street Lewis Center, OH 43035
Date and Time: Wednesday nights from 7:00 - 9:00pm for 8 weeks (1/18/17 - 3/18/17)
Non-member Registration Member Registration
Weather: Member cost: $70.00 - Non-member cost: $100.00

Course Covers:

  • Effects of Heat and Cold
  • Wind and Pressure
  • Storms & Fronts
  • Rain, Humidity, Fog
  • Hydrological Cycles
  • Thunderstorms and Tornados
  • Tropical Weather
  • Weather Data Analysis
  • Forecasting
  • Climatic Variables and Data

Incl. 20-22 Class-hours of Instruction, USPS Weather Course Student Manual, Cloud Chart, Weather Maps

Location: 8492 Cotter Street Lewis Center, OH 43035
Date and Time: Tuesday nights 7:00 - 9:00pm for 10 weeks (1/17/17 - 3/21/17)
Non-member Registration Member Registration
Sailing: Member cost: $60.00 - Non-member cost: $90.00

Course Covers:

  • Sailboat Rigs & Sail Plans
  • Boat Design & Hull Types
  • Standing / Running Rigging
  • Sail Applications
  • Sailboat Helmsmanship
  • Stability, Balance, Tuning
  • Sailing Saftey, Man Overboard
  • Marlinespike / Line Handling
  • Navigation Rules
  • Introduction to Heavy Weather Sailing

Incl. 18-20 Class-hours of Instruction and both USPS Basic Sail & Advanced Sail Student Guides.

Location: 8492 Cotter Street Lewis Center, OH 43035
Date and Time: Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm; Jan 31 - May 3, 2017 (14 weeks)
Non-member Registration Member Registration
Instructor Development:

-- Recertification class for current instructors --

Don't let the title scare you.  This course is not only meant to prepare our members for classroom and meeting presentations, but will also help you in your professional career.

Our educational program is highly regarded in the recreational boating community.  

In cooperation with the State Boating Law Administrators, USPS has developed this course to prepare our members to be certified instructors in safe boating education.

It's emphasis is on enhancing your presentational skills and is designed to demonstrate interactive teaching methods focused in adult learning.

 

Location: 8492 Cotter Street Lewis Center, OH 43035
Date and Time: Thursday 7-9:00 pm; Jan 21, 2016
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