On-the-water boating class

Welcome

We believe that learning to boat safely starts in the classroom discussing boating fundamentals like; required safety equipment, rules of the road, navigational aids, communications afloat, anchoring, trailering, water sports safety, situational awareness, light & sound signals, government regulations, underway responsibilities, finding your way, adverse conditions & emergencies and knots & lines. Once we address these topics, we’ll head out to the water to apply what we learned and to discuss important features of boating on the Cape Fear waterways like; prevailing weather patterns, tides & currents, our geographical area, ocean inlets, fueling and supply points, local marinas, wet & dry storage facilities and places of interests (good & bad) - things we refer to as “Local Knowledge”.

Cape Fear Waterways - fun-filled but challenging

This picture, taken at Masonboro Channel near Wrightsville Beach, depicts the fun of one of our more popular destinations, but it also reveals how challenging a day out on our busy waterways can be. Whether you’re heading to Masonboro Channel, Figure Eight or Lea Islands or you’re cruising to Wilmington, Southport or Bald Head Island for lunch you’ll want to be prepared - and you’ll want to be safe. Our program will teach you the how to be both.

Fundamentals

Let’s learn what safe boating is all about - the fundamentals that every skipper should know and practice. If you’re a new boater this information will prove invaluable; if you have been boating for a while maybe it’s time for a review or refresher. Either way, you’ll come away a much more confident skipper or mate.

Local Knowledge

Do you know where the “Parking Lot” is? Many boaters find out when they run aground here. Want to know why we call inlets “ocean nozzles”? What about local tides and currents or afternoon weather patterns? Marinas and storage options, fuel points, towing services, parts & supply dealers - we’ll cover that too.

On-the-Water Cruise

Where better to “pull” everything together then an actual on-the- water outing? We’ll show you the lateral buoy system found on the AICW and the one found on the river. We’ll address the overlap and explain the difference with the dual purpose buoys. We have a near- perfect teaching boat which acts as our floating classroom. Welcome aboard.
Come for the Boating Education . . .  Stay for the Friends SM That’s our tagline. We teach boating, and where better to learn how to boat safely on the Cape Fear Waterways than on the water? Whether it’s the Cape Fear River from Wilmington to Southport or the AICW from Wrightsville Beach to Southport, we will show you what you need to know. Our class is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and recognized by the United States Coast Guard. It satisfies the North Carolina boating education requirement for anyone born on or after January 1, 1988. You do not need to be a member to take our flagship boating course, which we proudly offer to the public at $80 which includes 8 hours in the classroom plus our exclusive 4 hour on-the-water teaching cruise.
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On-the-Water Boating Class

Welcome

We believe that learning to boat safely starts in the classroom discussing boating fundamentals like; required safety equipment, rules of the road, navigational aids, communications afloat, anchoring, trailering, water sports safety, situational awareness, light & sound signals, government regulations, underway responsibilities, finding your way, adverse conditions & emergencies and knots & lines. Once we address these topics, we’ll head out to the water to apply what we learned and to discuss important features of boating on the Cape Fear waterways like; prevailing weather patterns, tides & currents, our geographical area, ocean inlets, fueling and supply points, local marinas, wet & dry storage facilities and places of interests (good & bad) - things we refer to as “Local Knowledge”.
Next Class Feburary 20, 2016 Enrollment will open soon

Cape Fear Waterways - fun-filled

but challenging

This picture, taken at Masonboro Channel near Wrightsville Beach, depicts the fun of one of our more popular destinations, but it also reveals how challenging a day out on our busy waterways can be. Whether you’re heading to Masonboro Channel, Figure Eight or Lea Islands or you’re cruising to Wilmington, Southport or Bald Head Island for lunch you’ll want to be prepared - and you’ll want to be safe. Our program will teach you the how to be both.

Fundamentals

Let’s learn what safe boating is all about - the fundamentals that every skipper should know and practice. If you’re a new boater this information will prove invaluable; if you have been boating for a while maybe it’s time for a review or refresher. Either way, you’ll come away a much more confident skipper or mate.

Local Knowledge

Do you know where the “Parking Lot” is? Many boaters find out when they run aground here. Want to know why we call inlets “ocean nozzles”? What about local tides and currents or afternoon weather patterns? Marinas and storage options, fuel points, towing services, parts & supply dealers - we’ll cover that too.

On-the-Water Cruise

Where better to “pull” everything together then an actual on-the-water outing? We’ll show you the lateral buoy system found on the AICW and the one found on the river. We’ll address the overlap and explain the difference with the dual purpose buoys. We have a near- perfect teaching boat which acts as our floating classroom. Welcome aboard.
Come for the Boating Education . . .  Stay for the Friends SM That’s our tagline. We teach boating, and where better to learn how to boat safely on the Cape Fear Waterways than on the water? Whether it’s the Cape Fear River from Wilmington to Southport or the AICW from Wrightsville Beach to Southport, we will show you what you need to know. Our class is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and recognized by the United States Coast Guard. It satisfies the North Carolina boating education requirement for anyone born on or after January 1, 1988. You do not need to be a member to take our flagship boating course, which we proudly offer to the public at $80 which includes 8 hours in the classroom plus our exclusive 4 hour on-the-water teaching cruise.
Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron

Welcome

We believe that learning to boat safely starts in the classroom discussing boating fundamentals like; required safety equipment, rules of the road, navigational aids, communications afloat, anchoring, trailering, water sports safety, situational awareness, light & sound signals, government regulations, underway responsibilities, finding your way, adverse conditions & emergencies and knots & lines. Once we address these topics, we’ll head out to the water to apply what we learned and to discuss important features of boating on the Cape Fear waterways like; prevailing weather patterns, tides & currents, our geographical area, ocean inlets, fueling and supply points, local marinas, wet & dry storage facilities and places of interests (good & bad) - things we refer to as “Local Knowledge”.
Next Class Feburary 20, 2016 Enrollment will open soon

Cape Fear Waterways

- fun-filled but

challenging

This picture, taken at Masonboro Channel near Wrightsville Beach, depicts the fun of one of our more popular destinations, but it also reveals how challenging a day out on our busy waterways can be. Whether you’re heading to Masonboro Channel, Figure Eight or Lea Islands or you’re cruising to Wilmington, Southport or Bald Head Island for lunch you’ll want to be prepared - and you’ll want to be safe. Our program will teach you the how to be both.

Fundamentals

Let’s learn what safe boating is all about - the fundamentals that every skipper should know and practice. If you’re a new boater this information will prove invaluable; if you have been boating for a while maybe it’s time for a review or refresher. Either way, you’ll come away a much more confident skipper or mate.

Local Knowledge

Do you know where the “Parking Lot” is? Many boaters find out when they run aground here. Want to know why we call inlets “ocean nozzles”? What about local tides and currents or afternoon weather patterns? Marinas and storage options, fuel points, towing services, parts & supply dealers - we’ll cover that too.

On-the-Water Cruise

Where better to “pull” everything together then an actual on-the-water outing? We’ll show you the lateral buoy system found on the AICW and the one found on the river. We’ll address the overlap and explain the difference with the dual purpose buoys. We have a near-perfect teaching boat which acts as our floating classroom. Welcome aboard.
Come for the Boating Education . . .  Stay for the Friends SM That’s our tagline. We teach boating, and where better to learn how to boat safely on the Cape Fear Waterways than on the water? Whether it’s the Cape Fear River from Wilmington to Southport or the AICW from Wrightsville Beach to Southport, we will show you what you need to know. Our class is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and recognized by the United States Coast Guard. It satisfies the North Carolina boating education requirement for anyone born on or after January 1, 1988. You do not need to be a member to take our flagship boating course, which we proudly offer to the public at $80 which includes 8 hours in the classroom plus our exclusive 4 hour on- the-water teaching cruise.
Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron
On-the-Water Boating Class