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Weekend Navigator - Oct. 21 + Oct 29 2017

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Dixon Ahl Recreation Center

2200 Northeast 38th Street

Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

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The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Weekend Navigation Course is a comprehensive course designed for both experienced and novice powerboat and sailboat operators. The course is divided into two major parts designed to educate the boating enthusiast in skills required for a safe voyage on a variety of waters and boating conditions.

TOPICS INCLUDED IN PART I

  • What is navigation – Three steps of navigation and piloting without electronics
  • Fundamental of waypoint navigation – Practice using a sample cruise exercise, GPS, avoiding hazards, and using landmarks
  • The tools of navigation – Use of nautical charts including scales, chart symbology, ATONs, plotting tools, GPS, compass, and other electronics

TOPICS INCLUDED IN PART II

  • Planning with GPS and paper charts – Planning and paper charts, chart plotting, and entering waypoints into your GPS *
  • Planning with digital charts – Using digital charts, cruise planning software, chart planning software, working with digital charts, chart plotters, and Mobile Devices
  • Planning to avoid danger – Defining the area, marking obstacles, and marking landmarks
  • Underway with GPS and paper charts – Steps in waypoint navigation, staying on course, navigating a route with GPS, navigating in a region, marking objects, and keeping track
  • Underway with digital charts – Using a chart plotter underway, Mobile Devices, and the future of onboard computers
  • Double-checking with instruments – Making quick observations and more accurate bearings
  • Eye of the mariner – Use of headings, ranges, bearings, collision bearings, and rules of the road
  • What to do if the GPS quits – Knowing when to stop and regroup, plan before proceeding, and navigating without GPS
  • Planning as you go with GPS – Finding where you are and how to plot a safe path to a new destination
  • Tides, winds, and currents – Knowledge of tides and tidal currents, adjusting for tides and tidal currents, and winds, waves, and other unpredictable events
  • Navigating with radar – Range settings for recreational boaters, the radar display, collision avoidance, and navigating with radar
  • Using depth in navigation – Using depth sounders versus sonars and fish finders, and navigating with depth sounders
  • Using the radio in navigation – How to use a radio in an emergency, use of the weather radio, and fixed versus handheld VHF
  • Using an electronic compass – Types of electronic compasses and using the electronic compass for navigation
  • Using an autopilot in navigation – How to navigate with an autopilot
  • Navigating harbors and channels with electronics – Importance of good visibility and operating under limited visibility
  • Navigating under adverse conditions – Operating under limited visibility and influence of the wind and seas
  • A last word in avoiding danger – Importance and use of electronic alarms and visual observations
  • Other instrumentation in navigation – Use of weather instruments
  • Connecting it all together – Basic electronic interconnection and high speed connection
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Dixon Ahl Recreation Center

2200 Northeast 38th Street

Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

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