Weekend Navigator

Weekend Navigator

Event Date: 2020-07-05 12:00:00


The class will meet once per week starting on date selected, for approximately 12 weeks. If you select a Tuesday class from 6-9, it will meet every Tuesday. Weekend class are longer and may run shorter. Student's knowledge, participation, and mastery may reduce amount of classes. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Weekend Navigation Course is a comprehensive course designed for both experienced and novice powerboat and sailboat operators. The course is divided into two major parts designed to educate the boating enthusiast in skills required for a safe voyage on a variety of waters and boating conditions. This course can be taught as a whole or as separate modules. TOPICS INCLUDED IN PART I What is navigation – Three steps of navigation and piloting without electronics Fundamental of waypoint navigation – Practice using a sample cruise exercise, GPS, avoiding hazards, and using landmarks The tools of navigation – Use of nautical charts including scales, chart symbology, ATONs, plotting tools, GPS, compass, and other electronics TOPICS INCLUDED IN PART II Planning with GPS and paper charts – Planning and paper charts, chart plotting, and entering waypoints into your GPS * Planning with digital charts – Using digital charts, cruise planning software, chart planning software, working with digital charts, chart plotters, and PDA’s Planning to avoid danger – Defining the area, marking obstacles, and marking landmarks Underway with GPS and paper charts – Steps in waypoint navigation, staying on course, navigating a route with GPS, navigating in a region, marking objects, and keeping track Underway with digital charts – Using a chart plotter underway, PDA’s and pocket PC’s, and the future of onboard computers Double-checking with instruments – Making quick observations and more accurate bearings Eye of the mariner – Use of headings, ranges, bearings, collision bearings, and rules of the road What to do if the GPS quits – Knowing when to stop and regroup, plan before proceeding, and navigating without GPS Planning as you go with GPS – Finding where you are and how to plot a safe path to a new destination Tides, winds, and currents – Knowledge of tides and tidal currents, adjusting for tides and tidal currents, and winds, waves, and other unpredictable events Navigating with radar – Range settings for recreational boaters, the radar display, collision avoidance, and navigating with radar Using depth in navigation – Using depth sounders versus sonars and fish finders, and navigating with depth sounders Using the radio in navigation – How to use a radio in an emergency, use of the weather radio, and fixed versus handheld VHF Using an electronic compass – Types of electronic compasses and using the electronic compass for navigation Using an autopilot in navigation – How to navigate with an autopilot Navigating harbors and channels with electronics – Importance of good visibility and operating under limited visibility Navigating under adverse conditions – Operating under limited visibility and influence of the wind and seas A last word in avoiding danger – Importance and use of electronic alarms and visual observations Other instrumentation in navigation – Use of weather instruments Connecting it all together – Basic electronic interconnection and high speed connection This class meets once a week for about 8 weeks. Actually time and length may be shorter than what is published. Early bird registration is non-refundable after 12/1/2019. 

DeBary Volunteer Fire Department
10 Colomba Road
United States

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