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
Seamanship: Member cost: $65.00 - Non-member cost: $90.00 Location: Cape Fear Community College U-529
Date and Time: Tue June 20, 6:30-8:30

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Our Seamanship (S) course will begin Tuesday, 20 June 2017. Class will meet for 8 weeks from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the CFCC (Union Station Bldg) classroom U-529.

Dates are every Tuesday night except for July 4 and will end August 8.

Free off-street parking in campus lot. Cost is $65 (member) or $90 (non-member). Spouses/partners can share the textbooks for additional $10 or $20. 

Seamanship is a confidence booster and an excellent training course to advance your boating skills. Every member who actively boats should receive their "S" grade and be familiar with the safety and seamanship principles covered in this course. The Student Manual includes the text and the One Minute Guide to the Nautical Rules of the Road that you'll want to keep either on your boat or in your reference library.

The Seamanship course is the next step after completing America’s Boating Course, taking the knowledge and skills learned there and expanding and extending them. Or, make Seamanship the first step into building boating confidence and competence for safe and fun on-the-water adventures. We'll present material applicable to both power and sail, covering such topics as:
1. the construction and functioning of a boat
2. skipper, crew/passenger responsibilities - before departure and while underway
3. preparing the boat for safe and enjoyable activity
4. handling and maneuvering a vessel under various conditions
5. close quarters and on the open water handling
6. rules of the road
7. anchoring
8. emergencies
9. marlinespike/basic knots.
All important topics that every boater should know.

For additional information contact: Ned Rhodes at 


America's Boating Course 3rd Edition: - cost: $85.00 Location: Cape Fear Community College - Room U387
Date and Time: ABC Aug 26, Local Knowledge & On the Water Aug 27


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.

Visit the websites or to learn more and to enroll. 

 Topics include:

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

Aug 26 2017 – ABC classroom CFCC  U387 8 AM – 4:30 PM
Aug 27 2017 – Local Knowledge & OTW 8 AM - 12 PM


Click here for more information and to enroll 



Operations Training: Location: Inlet Watch Yacht Club - 801 Paoli Ct, Wilmington
Date and Time: Sep 12 4:30


Operations Training.



The Operations Training Course will be held at Inlet Watch Yacht Club Clubhouse on Tuesday 12 September at 1630 hours (4:30 pm). This training session is an interactive discussion approximately two-hours long covering Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron's:
  • Organization, Mission & Objectives
  • History & Operation
  • Squadron Management, Positions, Ranks & Grades
It is designed to help new and existing members better understand the inter-workings of our Squadron. There is no fee and no exam! You will receive a Certificate of Completion and a sticker for your Certificate.


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