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
Americas Boating Course - 3rd Edition (ABC3): - Non-member cost: $50.00

America's Boating Course (ABC) 

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. Completion of this course qualifies you for a FREE 6 month Power Squadron membership and the opportunity to take our advanced courses. 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

All students are encouraged to attend the supplemental charting and plotting course offered adjacent to the ABC Course. You can also watch for this course on our Seminars page to see when this is being offered next.  All fees and materials are covered under your ABC course fees.

Location: Scioto Boat Club, 3232 Indian Village Rd, Columbus OH 43221
Date and Time: Saturdays Jan 31 - Feb 14, 2015 (3 weeks), 8:00 am - 2:00 pm (Lunch provided). Cost: Instruction is free, class materials and supplemental charting and plotting materials are $50. Also: ABC3 students may attend the How to Use a Chart seminar on Feb 21st from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm for free (lunch also included)!
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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 24 - May 19, 2015 (9 weeks).
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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 15 - Dec 8, 2014 (13 weeks)
Not Scheduled
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; Feb 2 - Apr 6, 2015 (10 weeks)
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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: ** DATE CHANGE ** Wednesday nights 7-9pm, Sep 24, 2014 - Jan 28, 2015 (16 weeks)
Not Scheduled
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 7-9:30pm, Mar 18 - Jun 3, 2015 (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, Mar 2-May 4, 2015 (10 weeks); 7-9pm
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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: Tentatively scheduled Fall 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 7-9pm, Mar 25 - May 13, 2015 (8 weeks). Instructor: Larry Lowe. Times are subject to change. Return to this page for updates.
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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 7-9pm, Jan 21 - Mar 11, 2015 (8 weeks). Instructor: Larry Lowe. Times are subject to change. Return to this page for updates.
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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 7-9pm, Jan 13 - Mar 17, 2015 (10 weeks)
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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 7-9:30pm, Feb 3 - May 5, 2015 (14 weeks). Instructors: Ken Spilke & Doug Jackson. Times are subject to change. Return to this page for updates.
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Instructor Development:

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: Mondays, Nov 10 - Dec 29, 7-9:00 PM
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