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

Schedule

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

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

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Line Handling & Throwing Demo

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Best Applications for Boating

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Applications Demo and Q&A

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm How to Get Your Captains License

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Gear & Gadgets

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Night Navigation

8:00 pm – 8:30 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 Outboard Engine Basics

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

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Line Handling & Throwing Demo

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Best Applications for Boating

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Applications Demo and Q&A

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm How to Get Your Captains License

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Gear & Gadgets

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Night Navigation

8:00 pm – 8:30 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 Gear & Gadgets

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

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Line Handling & Throwing Demo

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Night Navigation

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!

Best Apps for Boating

Join professional captains from the Annapolis School of Seamanship to learn how tablets, applications, and the latest marine electronics can be used as a complement 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.

How to Get Your Captain's License

Between the US Coast Guard requirements for sea time, physicals, applications and examination, getting a captain’s license can seem like a daunting process. Join Annapolis School of Seamanship’s experts to discuss the ins and outs of becoming a licensed captain.

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. After this session, you’ll be ready for your next voyage-- no matter how far!

Docking & Line Handling

Is docking your vessel causing stress and anxiety onboard? Whether you have a single or twin engine, an inboard or an outboard, the professional captains from Annapolis School of Seamanship will show you the tricks and techniques that will make docking your boat easy.

Outboard Engine Basics

Gain a basic working knowledge of outboard engines in this educational seminar. Professional captains from the Annapolis School of Seamanship will cover operation, maintenance, and basic troubleshooting of two-stroke and four-stroke outboard engines up to 50 hp.

Night Navigation

Boating at night can be challenging. With the different light configurations on recreational and commercial boats, it can be difficult to know exactly what you’re seeing. In this seminar, professional captains from Annapolis School of Seamanship will cover the various lights seen on recreational and commercial vessels and what to watch out for when navigating at night.

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.