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Boat Handling

$ 75.00$ 100.00

Boat Handling

Build boating confidence and competence for safe and fun on-the-water adventures. Boat Handling provides a foundation of knowledge and skills in boat handling and maneuvering, boat operation, skipper’s responsibilities, and boating techniques that will advance your boating enjoyment.

This course is normally completed in 7 two-hour sessions: six sessions of study, one session of review and exam.

Next Boat Handling Class – starts Wednesday, September 25th, 2019.

Marine Navigation – Piloting

$ 100.00$ 150.00

Marine Navigation – Piloting

Learn the essentials of safe coastal and inland navigation using basic GPS in conjunction with charts and other marine data.  The Marine Navigation course teaches you how to use the GPS along with traditional dead reckoning techniques for planning and laying out safe routes, as well as ensuring that you are on-course while underway.

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Advanced Marine Navigation – Advanced Piloting

$ 100.00$ 150.00

Advanced Marine Navigation – Advanced Piloting

Do you want to navigate unfamiliar waters in limited visibility or take an extended cruise with confidence?  Learn to use radar, chartplotters, AIS and other electronic tools to supplement basic GPS navigation.  Obtain a thorough understanding of piloting techniques in a variety of coastal tide, current and wind conditions.

Advanced Marine Navigation is the final part of the inland and coastal navigation series. This material continues to build on the base developed in Piloting, and includes practical use of additional electronic navigation systems and other advanced techniques for finding position. Among topics covered are: finding position using bearings and angles, collision avoidance using GPS and RADAR, what to do when the electronics fail, tides, currents and wind and their effect on piloting, and electronic navigation with GPS, chart plotters, RADAR, autopilots, etc. This course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice.

  • Classes will begin at 1830 (6:30 PM) and will be held each Thursday for approximately 10 weeks.
  • The cost is $80.00 for SPSS members, $109 for Partner Organizations and $120 for non-members.
  • If you are interested, please call me at (941) 400-6467 or e-mail me at albur103a@gmail.com to register.
  • Registration and First Class Meeting: 1800 (6:00 PM) on Thursday, January 21, 2016

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Offshore Navigation – Junior Navigation

$ 100.00$ 150.00

Offshore Navigation – Junior Navigation

What happens when your GPS fails? Have fun and satisfy your curiosity about boating in the days before electronics in the Offshore Navigation course.  Learn to use a marine sextant to take sights on celestial objects such as the sun.  Even if you are not traveling long distances offshore, remember that GPS is not infallible, nor always available.  Be confident when no aids to navigation or land objects are in sight.

In Offshore Navigation, you will continue to use GPS as the primary position sensor as you learned in Marine Navigation and Advanced Marine Navigation, but with celestial navigation as your backup technique. Because terrestrial landmarks are no longer visible to the offshore navigator, you will learn to use a marine sextant and the sun as your reference point, derive a line of position, and develop a running fix. You will also learn to calculate your latitude from a noon sight on the sun.

This interesting and challenging course emphasizes the practical aspects of daytime celestial navigation. You will also learn to prepare a sight folder that documents your positioning skills using sights taken on the sun. The course will take approximately 13 weeks to complete and you will have two additional weeks to complete an open book exam.

Course Requirements- Prior Completion of Marine Navigation-Piloting and Advanced Marine Navigation-Advanced Piloting

Start Date: September 25, 2019, thirteen sessions,  0900-1100

Celestial Navigation – Navigation

$ 195.00$ 245.00

Celestial Navigation – Navigation

Learn navigation using all the celestial bodies! Use navigational software tools to plan and execute an offshore voyage. In the event of a loss of electronics on board, you’ll be glad you took this course and developed the necessary backup skills for an offshore voyage. Even if you have no plans to travel offshore, you will be able to impress your boating friends with your depth of celestial knowledge.

The Celestial Navigation course will teach you how to use the moon, planets, and stars to determine your position at morning and evening twilight to supplement daytime sights on the sun, moon, and bright planets. You will also get access to and use navigational software tools that can be used to plan and execute any voyage.

Course Requirements- Prior Completion of Coastal Navigation – Junior Navigation

Advanced Registration Required