Your source for premier boating education.  A variety of courses are offered by the Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron and all are available to the public.

Start with America's Boating Course® which covers the basics of boating and meets the certification requirements in NC for those under age 26.  

Then continue with the following:

Cape Fear Boating Club educational offerings:

These should be taken in sequence: These may be taken at any time:   
 America's Boating Course® Marine Communications Systems


Marine Electrical Systems


Engine Maintenance

 Advanced Piloting 

Junior Navigation Sail
Navigation Cruise Planning

Electronic Navigation

Instructor Development

Get more information about these courses (click) and the many seminars (click) available from the

United States Power Squadrons® 

Course Description
Advanced Piloting: Member cost: $60.00 - Non-member cost: $85.00 Location: Cape Fear Community College
Date and Time: Tuesdays May 8 for 8 weeks

Advanced Piloting


is the second in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation. It continues to build coastal and inland navigation skill, allowing the student 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 Piloting, the course includes many in-class exercises, advancing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning. Ten classes of two hours each normally are scheduled for presentation of this course. In addition the students have seven days to complete the open book exam.
 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



Schedule:  Tuesday nights May 8 for 8 weeks from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
Cost:  Member $60, non-member $85. Spouses/partners can share textbook for additional $10 (member) $25 (nonmember).  
Classroom: Union Station Building Cape Fear Community College - free campus parking. 

Piloting is a prerequisite to this course





For more information about this course contact Ned Rhodes at 


America's Boating Course 3rd Edition: - cost: $85.00 Location: Cape Fear Community College - Room U387
Date and Time: ABC May 19, Local Knowledge & On the Water May 20


The Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron is proudly offering the very best in safe boating education with their newly revamped boating course which will be offered three times per year at the Cape Fear Community College. The course is centered around the 8-hour America’s Boating Course® now offered on a single Saturday (8 AM – 4:30 PM). 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-theWater 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.  

Thel cost is $85, additional family members living in the same household can share the textbook at the discounted price of $50 each.

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 Topics include:

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

May 19, 2018 – ABC classroom CFCC  U387 8 AM – 4:30 PM
May 20, 2018 – Local Knowledge & OTW 11 AM - 3 PM


Click here for more information and to enroll 



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