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

Boat Handling

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
Boat Handling - formerly Seamanship: Member cost: $65.00 - Non-member cost: $90.00 Location: Cape Fear Community College
Date and Time: Wed 10/03, 6:30-8:30
Join us for the revamped Seamanship Class!

The United States Power Squadron has totally revamped the Seamanship class, and it is now called Boat Handling. Among the changes are moving to seminar format rather than strictly PowerPoint slides, the book will be distributed as an eBook so you can use it on any device or print it out as needed and the length of the course has been shortened to 6 weeks rather than 8 weeks.
Cost of the course is $65. I don’t know all of the details since the materials will not be available until the middle of September, but I have reserved a room at Cape Fear Community College and we will plan on 6-7 Wednesdays, starting October 3rd from 6:30-8:30. Parking is free.
Boat Handling will debut as a single course, comprised of six two-hour sessions:


  • Rules of the Road – A Practical Approach
  • Confidence in Docking and Undocking – Slow-Speed Maneuvering
  • Boating with Confidence – Handling Your Boat Underway
  • Anchoring with Assurance – Don’t Get Carried Away
  • Emergencies on Board – Preparation for Handling Common Problems
  • Knots and Line Handling – The Knots You Need to Know

Each student will be required to fill out a survey form after the class.
We need at least 6 students in order to offer the class. Please  register below.  

For additional information contact: Ned Rhodes at 


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