Advanced Marine Navigation

$ 100.00$ 150.00

Advanced Marine Navigation

You are invited to attend the 2020 Advanced Marine Navigation class.

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  You may also register on-line at but please call or email me if you do.

Al Burmeister

Oct 1, 2020: 1900-2100 Thurs 11 Sessions

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Category: SKU: AC-AP


 What’s Included?

  • Advanced positioning techniques, such as advancing a line of position to obtain a running fix
  • Use a variety of electronic tools:  radar, depth sounders, autopilots, chart plotters, laptop computer software, and more
  • Hazard avoidance techniques using electronics (e.g., avoidance waypoints or safety zones in GPS)
  • Collision avoidance using radar, GPS, and AIS
  • Working with tide and current data to determine clearances, depth of water and effects of current
  • Piloting in various wind and current conditions
  • The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course

Ten classes of two hours each normally are scheduled for presentation of this course. In addition the students have seven days to complete an open book exam.