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 Phoenix Sail and Power Squadron
A Unit of United States Power Squadrons® - District 28
Sail and Power Boating

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 Phoenix Burgee

MEMBER ADVANCED COURSES
(Classes are one night per week, two hours per session)

SEAMANSHIP
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Building on the basics of recreational boating presented in the public boating courses, Seamanship adds foundational information for continuing boater education. The course contents should facilitate knowledge development for increased safe operation of recreational boats and provide the basis for completion of USCG licensing examination. Emphasis within the course has been placed on higher level boating skills, rules of the road, and marlinspike.

This is course runs one night a week for five weeks

 Start Date: TBD (Tuesdays for 5 weeks)
 Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
 Where: Sportsman's Warehouse
19205 N 27th Ave
Phoenix, AZ
 Contact:
 Member Costs  

PILOTING
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The Piloting course is the first in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This all-new course focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning. Topics covered include:

  • Charts and their interpretation
  • Navigation aids and how they point to safe water
  • Plotting courses and determining direction and distance
  • The mariner’s compass and converting between True and Magnetic
  • Use of GPS – typical GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS route.
  • Pre-planning safe courses and entering them into the GPS
  • Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning
  • The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course.
  • This is course runs one night a week for nine weeks

     Start Date: TBD (Wednesdays for 9 weeks)
     Time: 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm
     Where: Courtesy Chevrolet
    1233 E Camelback Road
    Phoenix, AZ
     Contact:
     Member Costs

    ADVANCED PILOTING
    Advanced Piloting Insigna

    This all-new course continues to build coastal and inland navigation skill, allowing the student 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 Piloting, the course includes many in-class exercises, advancing the student’s skills 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
  • This is course runs one night a week for nine weeks.

     Start Date: TBD (Tuesdays for 11 weeks)
     Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
     Where: Sportsman's Warehouse
    19205 N 27th Ave
    Phoenix, AZ
     Contact:
     Member Costs  

    JUNIOR NAVIGATION
    Junior Navigation Insigna

    Junior Navigation is the first in a two-part program of study in offshore navigation, followed by the Navigation course. It is designed as a practical "how to" course. Subject matter includes:

  • Precise time determination
  • Use of the Nautical Almanac
  • Taking sextant sights of the sun
  • Reducing sights to establish lines of position
  • Special charts and plotting sheets for offshore navigation
  • Offshore navigational routines for recreational craft
  • This is normally a one night a week for twelve weeks course, but can be adjusted to accommodate student schedules.

    The JN class trip to Rocky Point, Mexico, 27 October 2007 for sextant sights.

    An important part of sextant observations in knowing the
    height of eye above the water. Ron Werner looks through
    the transit as Doug Frazier holds an height pole at the waterline.

    Ron Werner (standing) takes a sun sight and Bill Johnson does
    the same from a seated position. They are assisted by Doug Frazier,
    Chuck Peterson and Jane Peterson recording times and sextant angles

    (Photos by Werner)

     Start Date: March 6, 2012 (Tuesdays for 12 weeks)
     Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
     Where: Courtesy Chevrolet
    1233 E Camelback Road
    Phoenix, AZ
     Contact: Ron McNeil 602-361-3932
     Member Costs $90

    NAVIGATION
    Navigator Insigna

    After Junior Navigation, this course is the second part of the study of offshore navigation, further developing the student's understanding of celestial navigation theory. The course covers:

  • Additional sight-reduction techniques
  • Honing skills in sight taking and positioning
  • Orderly methods for the navigator's day's work at sea
  • Navigating with minimal resources, as in a lifeboat
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