Boating Safety Instruction
Our Boating Skills and Seamanship (BS&S) course is a 14 hour comprehensive course designed for both the experienced and the novice boater. The course, now in its 14th edition was published in 2013. The course consists of six core required chapters. There are also six additional chapters on various subjects that are taught in other classes listed below
Class Schedule October 28, 30, November 4, November 6: 6:30-9:00 pm
The captain of a vessel becomes incapacitated or falls overboard. You are the obvious person to take over, and you are Suddenly In Command. This boasting safety primer is designed for those not generally at the helm, and will help you to be prepared with the basics in case of an emerfgency. It's a "wake-up call" for your reponsibilities. You will learn about your vessel, and operating principles. Also included are descriptions of boating mishaps, how to minimize them. Misfortunes occurs in seconds, and you have the rest of yiour life to be grateful that you knew what to do because you were prepared.
Class Schedule March 9 10-12:30 pm
The Weekend Navigator seminar is designed to give the student the rudiments of navigation by using GPS, and the back-up skill of navigation using charts, navigation plotting tools, and dead-reckoniong. The intent is to provide the student with a solid foundation with emphasis on technique and not blind reliance on electronics. This seminar is designed for students desiring to learn fundamental nautical GPS skills. Basic navigation skills are included to the extent required to understand GPS operations. The course includes basic functions of the GPS chartplotter. The student will develop an understanding of the general architecture on how all GPS's operate, and will enable the student to adapt to the small differences between brands and models.. The student will have minimal skills to navigate to a safe harbor in the event of a GPS failure
Class Schedule February 18,25, 6:30-9:00 pmFor further information contact our Public Education Officer
GPS for Mariners is a 2 session modern learning experience that focuses on the GPS equipment typically owned by the recreational boater. This course is the result of an exciting synergy between textbook's publisher, the book's author, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The course covers the genesis of GPS and chartplotters and concludes with a hands on session using Garmin Chartplotters There is only a small amount of navigation introduced as a part of this class, but participants will come away from the course with an understanding of the benefits and also pitfalls of electronics on salt water.
Class Schedule April 10-11 6:30-9:00 pmFor further information contact our Public Education Officer