ADVANCED COURSES

The advanced courses are generally held once a week over a ten week period with one additional week for the exam.  Most classes are typically 2 hours long, running from 1900 - 2100.  Students are expected to complete homework assignments between classes.  Contact the Squadron Educational Officer with any questions you may have. 

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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:

 

  • Skipper’s Responsibilities

  • Before Leaving the Dock

  • Electronics for communication, navigation and fun

  • Collision Avoidance rules

  • Boat Handling under normal and adverse conditions

  • Docking and Anchoring techniques

  • Marlinespike and Knots Hands-On

  • Boating Emergencies, being prepared, basic First Aid

  • Plan a sample trip to Port Orchard using paper and web resources

  • Nautical customs and flag etiquette

 

 

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:

 

  • Charts and their use

  • Aids to navigation

  • The mariner's compass

  • Variation and deviation of the compass

  • Plotting and steering courses

  • Dead reckoning

  • Plotting and labeling charts

 

 

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:

 

  • Tides and currents and their effect on piloting

  • Finding position using bearings and angles

  • Simple use of the mariner's sextant

  • Electronic navigation - RADAR, LORAN, GPS, etc.
     

 

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:

 

  • Precise time determination

  • Use of the Nautical Almanac

  • Taking sextant sights of the sun, moon, planets and stars

  • Reducing sights to establish lines of position

  • Special charts and plotting sheets for offshore navigation

  • Offshore navigational routines for recreational craft

 

 

NAVIGATION - CELESTIAL NAVIGATION II

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 insight 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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