Our textbook

You will receive this professionally produced 244-page textbook covering the fundamentals of safe boating with well-written text, pictures, graphics and drawings for classroom work and to keep as an informative reference source. Topics covered include: Boat Terms & Types, Required Safety Equipment, Operator’s Responsibilities, Navigation Rules & Navigation Aids, Lights & Sounds Signals, Government Regulations, Finding Your Way, Anchoring, Adverse Conditions & Emergencies, Communications Afloat, Water Sports Safety, Trailering, PWC Operation and Knots & Lines

Classroom at Cape Fear Community College

The facilities at CFCC benefit both students and instructors. A state-of-the-art classroom with professional visual/audio equipment ensures you will be comfortable, able to see and able to hear our instructors in an environment that not only encourages learning but increases the learning experience. Free on-campus parking is available for your convenience on the day of the class. Comfort breaks are provided throughout the day with a 30-minute lunch break. We ask that you bring your lunch due to time constraints which do not allow leaving the building.

Our instructors

Our instructors are all volunteers and certified by United States Power Squadrons® by having graduated from the United States Power Squadron’s Instructor Development program and maintaining this status by re-certifying every four years. They bring a high level of experience and knowledge to their presentations which they augment with nautical lore and seafaring experiences. We try to keep our teaching style informal, and where appropriate weave in the right amount of lighthearted humor to maintain a feeling that “learning can be fun.” The vast majority of our students are adults so our teaching style is geared to the adult student. We don’t spoon feed you or talk down to you; rather we treat our students with respect and accept them as a participating and active partner in the learning process.

Instructors You May See at Class

Rich Barnet, SN • Hubert Bordeaux, SN • Wilbur Chapman, SN • Jerry Hall, SN •  John Kelly, JN • Ed Kreul, AP • Brook Lindbert, SN • Ed LoBalbo, SN • Megan Morrison, JN • David Munnikhuysen, sN • Ted Poucher, SN • Ned Rhodes, SN • Josh Roberts, JN • Roger Simmons, SN • Alan Smith, AP • Rick Sorrenti, AP • Lori Spencer, P • Mark Stacy, AP • Steve Thompson, S • Ron Tilmon, SN

SN = Senior Navigator • N = Navigator • JN = Junior Navigator • AP = Advanced Pilot • P = Pilot • S = Seaman

The mission of United States Power Squadrons®: To promote recreational boating safety through education and civic activities while providing fellowship for our members.

Next Steps...

The next class is August 26th, 2017, starting at 8am at Cape Fear Community College. The On-the-Water Teaching Cruise is August 27th, 2017 from 8am-12pm. $85 per person. $50 per family member sharing book. Enroll now.