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Maine Driving Dynamics: Spring
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Maine Driving Dynamics: Spring


with To Be Determined

Maine Driving Dynamics offers drivers the opportunity to improve their defensive driving abilities. This 5-hour course includes collision avoidance techniques, safety issues, driver habits and attitudes, and the basic elements that constantly challenge drivers on Maine’s highways. The course is taught by a certified Maine Driving Dynamics instructor. Those completing the course receive a 3-point credit on their driving record. Must attend both evenings. Those ages 15 to 64 pay $40 and those 65-plus pay $25. *For senior discount, please call 729-7323 to register.

America's Boating Course (3rd Edition)
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America's Boating Course (3rd Edition)


with Rob Whitehouse

Calendar Next session starts Mar 28, 2023 at 6:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

U.S. Power Squadron offers the most comprehensive in-person boating course available. America’s Boating Course gives you the skills you need to enjoy your time on the water and boat with confidence. Our boater safety class meets most states’ certification requirements and is available in both Spanish and English. Taking a boating class reduces your risk of accidents and injuries, saves you money on boat insurance, and qualifies you for a state boat license or operator certificate in most states. Our in-person boating course includes a comprehensive introduction to boating, covering boat types, boat engines, boat selection, and more. You’ll learn about boating laws and regulations as well as boat registration and licensing. Get in-depth knowledge of boating safety equipment, and learn how to become a safe boater by learning the dos and don’ts of boater safety. Gain practical knowledge of navigation, rules of the road, handling emergencies and mechanical problems on the water, the basics of towing and trailering, important information for hunters, anglers, and water sports enthusiasts, and so much more. This course satisfies the Maine law requiring boaters under age 25 to pass an education and safety course before January 2024 to operate on Maine's lakes and rivers. $75 per individual. The cost for couples sharing materials is $95. Please call Merrymeeting Adult Education for couple pricing. No other discounts. ***Class meets Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Coastal Navigation: Level 1


with Alice Bean Andrenyak

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 6, 2023 at 6:30 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Join Master Maine Guide Alice Bean Andrenyak and learn the basics of coastal navigation using local charts, parallel ruler, and dividers. Learn what the symbols mean, how to determine safe and dangerous routes, create courses, learn rules of the “road”, what aids to navigation look like and do, plan for emergencies and more. For kayakers, sailors, powerboaters, and future Registered Maine Guides. Students will need access to either a Casco Bay Chart or Muscongus Bay Chart, parallel ruler and dividers.

Tall Ship Rigging


with Jose Hernandez

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 22, 2023 at 8 am, runs for 1 week

Weekend class. Hands on learning. Knots, rope work, block and tackle, splicing, worm/parcel/serve, leather work for chafe gear, working safely aloft. Instructor: Jose Hernandez-Juviel. Materials fee of $45 must be paid directly to the instructor on the first day of class.

Free Captain License Information Session


with John Coffin

Calendar Next available session starts May 10, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Are you interested in obtaining a USCG Captain’s License? Do you want to learn the differences between an Operator Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) license and a Master 100GT license, and what experience the Coast Guard requires for each? These informational sessions will help answer these questions and others about the two licenses. Also discussed will be the different methods for completing the course requirements. We plan to offer both courses in Maine during the Fall of 2023, representing the Captain School Key West/Miami. This information session is free, but please register in advance, so the instructor, John Coffin knows how many individuals will be attending and can send login instructions.

Adult Sail Training Instruction


with Alex Agnew

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 12, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Learn to Sail a Schooner with Alex Agnew and crew! Students will become part of the crew and learn all aspects of sailing a schooner including navigation, sail handling, culinary, anchoring, shiphandling, engineering, voyage planning, weather prediction, watchstanding and safe operations. Daily schedule includes sailing, visiting islands by small boat, and learning in company with 6 students and 2 crew. 2 Licensed professional schooner captains as instructors. Cost: $2,000 including meals and a berth for 5 days and 4 nights. Age: 18+. LOCATION: on board Schooner Sara Jane, a 42' Murray Peterson Coaster III design.

Introduction to Traditional Fixed Seat Ocean Rowing


with Alex Agnew

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 12, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Join 6 other adults and an instructor and learn to row a 32 foot traditional fixed seat ocean-going rowing boat called a Cornish Pilot Gig. See the Maine coast from a boat while learning a skill. None of this fancy sliding seat stuff. No Ivy league ambitions. Just good fun and community (maybe with a little international travel for rowing in your future.) Learn to row, steer, navigate, plan routes, adventure at sea, work as a team in an outdoor setting all on board a 32' gig. AGE: 18+. Location: Winslow Park, Freeport. Class is Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

Sailing For Adults


with Alex Agnew

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 10, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Jul 24, 2023

TIME CHANGE NOTICE: The times for this program have changed. The new time is 530-830pm.

Merrymeeting charts a new course this summer in partnership with Sailing Ships Maine. Students will learn to row a dinghy, set and strike sail, steer, navigate, use a marine radio, operate a small outboard, watch the weather, tie knots, and follow basic safety. The primary instructional boat, the Paul Bolger-designed 25 yawl, is a strong, beamy, shallow-draft cruising boat ideal for Merrymeeting Bay. The decks are wide and spacious and will keep students socially distanced as they spend the week outdoors. The cost of each session is $295 and includes basic Sailing Ships Maine sailing certification, T-shirt, rope, and journal. No discounts. Instructor: Alex Agnew

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