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Building on the foundation of the introductory boat class, the usual approach is to take Seamanship, Piloting and Advanced Piloting in sequence after joining the Squadron. These three classes cover the fundamentals of boat operation and navigation in our Northwest coastal waters.
Advanced Piloting can be followed by the Celestial Navigation series. The Advanced Grade classes build one upon the other as represented by the S, P, AP, JN and N letters following people's names.
Perhaps you would like to take some of the Electives such as Marine Electronics, Sail or Weather. The Electives do not have any prerequisites or preferred order, although Seamanship is usually taken first.
Classes are given in the Seattle area, and we tailor them to the Puget Sound, San Juan and Southern BC marine environment.
Members: To register please contact P/C Al Keim, JN at 206-779-5346 or e-mail email@example.com
Non-Members: The combined cost of a years membership and your first class will be your best boating education bargain in town because we only need to charge for class materials. Our instructors are experienced Pacific NW boaters who volunteer their time. See membership for other benefits of joining -- then go to how to join to become a member.
Classes scheduled for the Spring (usually 1900 to 2100 or 7 pm to 9 pm weekly:
Welcome to Seamanship and Boat Handling
Building on the basics learned in Boating, the Seamanship course is an important foundation for other "advanced grade" courses. The student learns -
Welcome to Piloting -- Coastal Navigation I
This course is the first of a two-part program studying inland and coastal navigation. Its focus is on the fundamentals of piloting - keeping track of a boat's movements, determining one's position at any time and laying out courses to a planned destination. Included are subjects such as -
Welcome to Advanced Piloting -- Coastal Navigation II
This course is the final part of the inland and coastal navigation series. Its emphasis is on the use of modern electronic navigation systems and other advanced techniques for finding position. Among topics covered are -
Welcometo Junior Navigation -- Celestial Navigation I
Junior Navigation is the first in a two-part program of study in offshore navigation. It is designed as a practical "how to" course. Subject matter includes -
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 -
Welcome to Engine Maintenance
This course attempts to make students more self-reliant afloat, with trouble-diagnosis and temporary remedies given special emphasis. It covers both marine gasoline and diesel engines, including concepts of operation, maintenance and repair of their -
Welcome to Weather
Combines an excellent USA Today text with excellent illustrations and sidebars that works well on two levels. For the beginner it makes the concepts clear without being technically incorrect. For the more experienced person it shows all the detail that has been learned in the last decade with doppler radar, better computers and more sophisitcated satellites.
Next we have a Power Squadron book that tailors it to boating issues such as reading weather charts and reports. Finally we will draw on some supplementary books for the very unique weather patterns of the Northwest due to our complex and lofty terrain.
Welcome to Marine Electronics
This course teaches essential knowledge about a boat's electrical and electronic systems, including -
Welcome to Sail
Welcome to Cruise Planning
This course is designed for members who plan to cruise for a year or just a weekend - in either a sail or power boat. It covers such topics as -
Welcome to Instructor Development
Unlike other USPS courses, IQ is not designed to enhance boating skills. Rather, it deals with effective communications for speaker and teacher - a quality that benefits the individual in all walks of life. It offers practical instruction in -
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