UPCOMING USPS BOATING COURSES
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Your boating experience can be enhanced by attending one of our boating classes or seminars. Novice and experienced boaters can increase their knowledge of Seamanship, Piloting, Federal and State Requirements, Boating skills, Marlinspike, Navigation and other important topics.
Our certified instructors regularly offer a wide range of boating courses and seminars to members and the public at large.
The United States Power Squadrons America's Boating Course is an introduction to the rules of the waterways, knots and lines, Marine VHF radio procedures, aids to navigation, boating under adverse conditions, chart reading and course plotting. Passing our basic boating course in either format can be your first step toward becoming a member of USPS and gaining access to advanced boating courses covering seamanship, piloting, engine maintenance and marine electrical systems -- to name just a few.
For those who have already completed Piloting, this will be a good opportunity to improve your inland and coastal navigation skills.
Advanced Piloting is the second in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation. It 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. Ten classes of two hours each normally are scheduled for presentation of this course. In addition the students have seven days to complete the open book exam. Topics covered include:
If you are interested in taking this AP course or have any other questions please contact either:
· Educational Officer: Mike Knapp (772-283-4816) or WarmRainFL@aol.com
· AP-Class Instructor: George Gehring (772-546-4151) or FayGeo@bellsouth.net
For those who have already completed Junior Navigation, this will be a good opportunity to take the final Advanced Grade offered by USPS.
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.
This Navigation 2009 course deals with learning celestial positioning using other bodies, in addition to
positioning using the sun (covered in the Junior Navigation course).
This course also deals with electronic software tools that can be used to plan and execute an offshore voyage.
You will first learn to reduce these sights by the Law of Cosines method. Later in the course, you will learn
an additional method of sight reduction, the Nautical Almanac Sight Reduction (NASR) method. You will also
learn about sight planning techniques. Withthat knowledge, you will have the tools to take sights and complete
your Navigation Sight Folder. The course includes a chapter on using a software-based voyage planning tool
and a navigation program. The final chapter of the course contains a Practice Cruise that ties the separate
elements of the course together.
If you are interested in taking this Navigation course or have any other questions please contact either:
· Educational Officer: Mike Knapp (772-283-4816 or WarmRainFL@aol.com)
· N-Class Instructor: Paul Vallier (772-781-6676 or email@example.com)
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