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“Spring Refresher” – Saturday, May 18 from 8:30-11:30am

Here's a chance to: “PRACTICE WHAT WE TEACH!”

Anchoring, Charts, Piloting, Radio, Docking, GPS

Right-of-Way on our local waters...and more!

Come join the fun and prepare for a safe season on the water

New This Year: “How to Use a Chart” Seminar – Tuesday, May 14


The Spring Refresher is designed for the graduates of the Coastal Boating/Safe Boating class, DSPS members and their guests who want to “refresh” their safe boating skills. We will leave Noroton YC, 23 Baywater Drive, Darien at 8:30am and return by 11:30am on Saturday, May 18. Take advantage of this opportunity to “Practice What We Teach.” It is your opportunity to go out on a Darien Sail & Power Squadron member boat and see Long Island Sound with an experienced teacher and boat captain.

There will be 3-4 participants on each boat with a captain and a DSPS coordinator. The “on the water” activities will include: pre-launch boat review, leaving the dock, proceeding to the channel, plotting a course, basic rules of the road, man-over-board (MOB), anchoring, and docking. We will practice navigation rules, communicating on a VHF radio, releasing and securing your boat from the dock or mooring, and other safe boating skills needed to have a stress free and safe outing on the water.

Coffee/water and donuts are provided before we leave and a box lunch is included to enjoy with your crew upon return. Bring a friend or a family member if you would like. The cost includes the box lunch after the trip. Also, we can make arrangements for lunch at the dock with your family members/friends that are not participating in on-the-water activities for a minimal fee. Show them the boats and the docks! We leave the Noroton YC docks at 8:30 (promptly, so come early) and return by 11:30am.


On the Tuesday before the Spring Refresher, May 14 at 7:00 pm, we will present a 2-hour seminar on "How to Use a Chart." If you missed one of the evenings when charting was discussed, or if you would just like to review how to use nautical charts, this seminar is for you. We'll also plot a course to use during the on-the-water portion of the Refresher. A booklet containing color copies of all of the slides used in the seminar is included in the fee. The cost of the Spring Refresher is $25 per participant, including the seminar. If you want to take either the seminar or the on-the-water event alone, the cost is $15 for each.

Next steps:

  1. Respond to pkelly103@gmail.com that you would like to attend. Space is limited.
  2. Send your check made out to DSPS to:

Geoffrey Axt - DSPS Commander
555 Valley Road
New Canaan, CT 06840

You will receive an email confirming your registration.
Any questions please contact Peter Kelly at pkelly103@gmail.com or (203) 904-3520.