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Boat Handling

$ 75.00$ 100.00

Boat Handling

March 31st, 2020 – May 12th, 2020

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.

Learn the types of boats, knots, and boat handling in varying sea conditions. Prerequisite: ABC Boat Safety class. This course is normally completed in 7 two-hour sessions: six sessions of study, one session of review and exam.

Boat Handling Class Dates

March 31st, 2020 – May 12th, 2020

October 20th, 2020

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.

Start Date: January 13th, 2020

October 5th, 2020

Advanced Marine Navigation – Advanced Piloting

$ 100.00$ 150.00

Advanced Marine Navigation – Advanced Piloting

Start Date: January 9th, 2020

You are invited to attend the 2020 Advanced Marine Navigation class.  Classes start on Thursday, Jan 9, 2020 and run for 10 weeks from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

Advanced Marine Navigation, formerly Advanced Piloting is the second in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation. It continues to build coastal and inland navigation skill, allowing you to take on more challenging conditions – unfamiliar waters, limited visibility, and extended cruises. GPS is embraced as a primary navigation tool while adding radar, chartplotters, and other electronic navigation tools. As with Marine Navigation (Piloting), the course includes many in-class exercises, advancing your skill through hands-on practice and learning.

Topics covered include:

•      Review of skills learned in Piloting

•      Advanced positioning techniques such as advancing a line of position

•      Other electronics: radar, depth sounders, autopilots, chartplotters, laptop computer software, etc.

•      Hazard avoidance techniques using electronics (e.g., “keep out” zones in GPS)

•      Collision avoidance using radar and GPS

•      Working with tides: clearances, depth, effects of current

•      Piloting with wind and currents

•      The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course

 

Advanced registration is required so that adequate materials may be ordered.  Cost of the course for USPS members is $100.00

To register, contact me at 941-400-6467 or albur103a@gmail.com.  You may also register on-line at Sarasota-boating.org but please call or email me if you do.

Al Burmeister

Offshore Navigation – Junior Navigation

$ 100.00$ 150.00

Offshore Navigation – Junior Navigation

Contact instructor for dates and time: Ed Fisch 941-923-5277 edcar2@aol.com

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: TBD

Celestial Navigation

$ 100.00$ 150.00

Celestial Navigation

Call instructor for dates and time – Graham Peterson 828-290-8088 Gpete909@gmail.com

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