Progressive Boat School

ANNAPOLIS SCHOOL OF SEAMANSHIP SEMINARS

Go to school for free with the experienced captains from the Annapolis School of Seamanship (ASOS). Once again, ASOS returns to the Providence Boat Show to lead their popular series of seminars for all levels of boaters--whether you are in search of more information on how to maintain your diesel or you want to master important techniques like stress-free docking and line handling, learn about iNavigation and AIS, or even get some sage advice on how to select the boat that’s right for you. You can even find a session where you will get one-on-one time with a professional caption so you can ask a pro how he or she would handle the types of situations that challenge you on the water. This year’s sessions are demo-oriented and interactive, so you’ll enjoy some fun hands-on instruction.

Seminar Schedule

2018 Schedule

Friday
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm One on One with a Professional Captain

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Being a Good First Mate

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Line Throwing Demo

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Dock & Line Handling

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Line Throwing Demo

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Knot Tying Contest

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Line Throwing Demo

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm iNavigation

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Application Demo

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Gear & Gadgets

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm One on One with a Professional Captain
Saturday
10:30 am – 11:00 am One on One with a Professional Captain

11:00 am – 12:00 pm What Boats Right for Me

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Line Throwing Demo

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Docking & Line Handling

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Line Throwing Demo

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Get Your Captains License

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Captains License Q&A

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Knot Tying Contest

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Line Throwing Demo

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm iNavigation

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Application Demo

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Gear & Gadgets

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm One on One with a Professional Captain
Sunday
10:30 am – 11:00 am One on One with a Professional Captain

11:00 am – 12:00 pm What Boats Right for Me

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Line Throwing Demo

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Being a Good First Mate

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Line Throwing Demo

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Dock & Line Handling

Seminar Topics

One-on-One with a Professional Captain

Do you ever wish you had a professional captain onboard with you, so you could ask him or her questions about the situations that challenge you on the water? You’ll find the next best thing at the Providence Boat Show, a special one-on- one session with a professional captain. Come to the show, and bring your questions!

Being a Good First Mate

a good first mate can make the difference between a great day on the water and frustration. The pros from Annapolis School of Seamanship will teach you key skills you need to become a good first mate.

    Topics Include:

  • Being a Good Lookout
  • Understanding the GPS Navigation System
  • Using the VHF Marine Radio
  • Handling Emergencies
  • Setting Fenders
  • Coiling Lines


Get Your Captain's License

Between the USCG requirements for sea time, physicals, applications and examinations, getting a captain’s license can seem daunting. Annapolis School of Seamanship’s expert captains will discuss the ins and outs of becoming a licensed captain.

    Topics Include:

  • Types of Licenses
  • Pre-requisites
  • Application Process
  • Using your License

Gear & Gadgets

New gear and gadgets enter the market every day. Join professionals from the Annapolis School of Seamanship for an overview of the latest and greatest products. Gear ranging from electronics, medical items, tools and more will be introduced, so you will be ready for your next voyage, no matter how far.

Docking & Line Handling

Is docking your vessel causing you stress and anxiety? Let the Annapolis School of Seamanship show you the ropes, tricks, and techniques to make docking easy.

    Topics Include:

  • Situational Awareness
  • Forces
  • Line Handling
  • Communication

What Boat is Right for Me

Thinking about getting into boating? There are many ways to enjoy boating from watersports to fishing to cruising. Join the pros from Annapolis School of Seamanship to get an overview of the styles and types of boats and how they fit the boating lifestyle you choose.

    Topics Include:

  • Types of Boats
  • How to Choose the Right Boat for You
  • Accessories and Gear
  • The Boat Buying Process

iNavigation

Join professional captains from the Annapolis School of Seamanship to learn how tablets, applications, and the latest marine electronics can be used as a compliment to safe navigation. This overview of the latest and most useful navigation, tide, current, weather, and other apps will show you how they can integrate with other onboard systems to give you greater situational awareness.

Seminar Presenters

Captain Matt Benhoff

Captain Matt Benhoff is a professional mariner and lifelong boater. He holds a 100 Ton Near Coastal Master’s license. Growing up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland Matt spent his summers sailing and fishing on the Miles River. From the age of 14, he quickly learned he had a passion for the water and loved to teach others. He became a sailing instructor for the Miles River Yacht Club where he taught kids from beginner through advanced racers and eventually lead the program as Head Sailing Instructor. In 2006 Matt joined the U.S. Coast Guard and became a Boatswain Mate. Stationed in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, he was a boarding officer and coxswain on the 47 foot Motor Life Boat and 25 foot RBS conducting law enforcement and search and rescue missions. After leaving the Coast Guard in 2010, Matt joined the team at Annapolis School of Seamanship where he teaches recreational boaters, professional mariners, and military personnel and heads up the Mariner Credentialing Agent program.

Mark Talbott

A lifelong boater, Captain Mark Talbott has sailed on vessels from 10 to 100 feet on waters from Maine to Antigua. Mark began his maritime career at a local boat dealership commissioning and delivering new vessels as well as instructing new owners on board. Mark then moved on to working aboard larger craft, namely, Annapolis’ own Schooner Woodwind. During his time aboard the Woodwind, Mark met his wife and earned his USCG Captain’s license. The next several years were spent indoors working at a local boating magazine before taking time off from work to stay home with his newborn son. Mark joined the Annapolis School of Seamanship team in early 2014 and is now involved with everything from class registrations to network wiring.

Capt. Steve Vigilante

Stephen is a U.S. Sailing instructor and was on the varsity sailing team in high school, and served as team captain in charge of 18 student sailors. After high school, he continued to coach sailing, travelling to over 25 varsity regattas. Stephen came to Annapolis School of Seamanship through the MTAM summer internship program in 2016. He quickly became a full-time member of the team, earning his Captain’s License, and handling on-water training, boat deliveries, vessel maintenance, and more.