Something for Everyone
These short seminars are targeted to specific topics and needs with a
two-hour format and a take away guide
Using VHF & VHF/DSC Marine Radio
VHF radio is the mainstay of coastal communication and essential for emergency communications. Digital Selective Calling (DSC) is rapidly becoming a reality as more Coast Guard Rescue 21 System operation go live. Currently, the mid-Atlantic coast is operational with DSC. The Gulf region will be operational early next year and all Cutters will be DSC equipped by next year.
DSC vastly simplifies and improves rescue and routine call signaling - making it easier to make a call while the system frees up Channel 16 for essential communications. However, you need to know how to use it. This seminar answers those needs and explains basic VHF operation. A CD is included with a DSC Simulator that allows you to practice on your computer at home. A handy waterproof McGraw-Hill Captain's Quick Guide Using VHF will be available with essential information that you should have aboard, which will explain to anyone on your crew how to use the radio.
GPS has become a common tool for navigation. However using GPS on the water is distinctly different from a moving map display in your car. This seminar explains the principles of waypoint navigation which you will use. It shows you how to relate the GPS to your charts which provide essential information about what is around you.
The seminar also shows you how to operate your GPS - what the buttons do, what the screens show, and how to access the functions you need. A handheld GPS is used as the demonstration model, but all GPS receivers function similarly, By the time you have completed the seminar, you will be able to store waypoints into your GPS, activate them for navigation, and use GPS to keep you on a safe, pre-qualified course of your choosing. A waterproof Mc-Graw-Hill Captain's Quick guide Using GPS to remind you of the steps will be made available.
How to use a Chart
Charts provide information essential to you safety afloat. Even with GPS and electronic navigation, the chart is needed to tell you what is around you and between you and your intended destination. A system of symbols is used by cartographers to tell you what lies below the surface of the water and the depths of water. There is key information about visible landmarks and navigation aids to help you navigate your course. The chart also is your link with GPS via its grid scale, compass rose, and distance scales. A brief introduction to latitude and longitude provides insight to operation of GPS receivers.
The NOAA Chart No 1 is the quintessential reference to chart details, but is very difficult to understand. This seminal walks you through what you really need to know in an entertaining and interesting fashion, and will make available a Maptech flip-fold waterproof Chart and Symbols On-the-Water Guide to take along on the boat with you. In addition to showing you all about your chart, this seminar walks you through the essentials of laying out a safe course, steps to measure a course with the USPS plotter, and even a quick guide to the rules of the road.
On Board Weather Forecasting
Changing weather conditions can convert what was a delightful day on the water into a real challenge. Forecasting what weather you will encounter is one of the top priorities for safe boating. Should you go out? When should you come in? These are important questions, but some fundamental understanding of the weather can help you make these decisions. That's what this seminar is all about.
While not a course in weather, this seminar explains how just using your own senses can help you determine what conditions you will encounter where your are. By all means, forecast is important. It will tell you what weather systems are headed your way, but they are challenged to tell exactly where and when conditions will change. Add your own observations and you have an extra edge. Add a couple of instruments and you can verify your observations. The seminar explains weather systems, how to understand clouds and their changes, using changing wind direction, temperature, and pressure to home in on emerging weather fronts. Made available will be a book Fundamentals of Weather written by the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, and the McGraw-Hill On Board Weather Forecasting.
Boat handling under Power
This seminar shows boaters how to depart and dock under a variety of conditions as well as all about trimming he boat underway. The seminar materials include a waterproof USPS Captain's Quick Guide and Student Notes
Sail Trim and Rig Tuning
This semiar shows in clear and simple terms how to use and adjust sails for optimum performances under a wide range of conditions. The seminar comes with a waterproof USPS Captain's Quick Guide written by North Sails and Student Notes
The seminar kit includes several handouts:
* attendee workbook for note-taking and reference
* "The Complete Sea Kayaker's Handbook" by Shelly Johnson
* Off-Season Boating, Cold Shock & Hypothermia tri-fold
Optional available but not part of the basic kit: "Introduction to Paddling - canoe basics for lakes and rivers" by the American Canoe Association.
Topics to be discussed:
Terminology, Equipment - minimum and optional, Using Paddle craft - both kayaks and canoes, Safety practices - including video clip examples, day-tripping and touring considerations, and a few statistics.
This seminar covers selection of anchor, rode and components; anchor selection for sea conditions and bottom characteristics; deployment and recovery of anchors. It also includes tables for sizing and an anchor and components, and information fro determining loads under various conditions. The kit includes the Anchoring Quick Guide and Student Notes with copies of the slides.
Hurricanes and Boats
This is a mini-seminar. It covers how to select a location and prepare your boat for a hurricane. The kit includes Student Notes with copies of the slides.
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