The cost of the class is $95 for members and $135 for nonmembers.
Learn the essentials of safe coastal and inland navigation using basic GPS in conjunction with charts and other marine data. The Pilotingcourse teaches you how to use the GPS along with traditional dead reckoning techniques for planning and laying out safe routes, as well as ensuring that you are on-course while underway.
Charts and their interpretation
Landmarks and navigation aids (buoys, daymarks, lights, etc.)
Plotting courses and determining direction and distance
The mariner's compass and converting between True and Magnetic
Use of GPS - basic GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS course
Pre-planning 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
Ten classes of two hours each normally are scheduled for presentation of this course. In addition the students have seven days to complete an open book exam.
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