If you want to learn the basics of piloting and navigation or if you just want to brush up on your piloting and navigation skills, this course is for you. You will learn piloting and navigation skills in sixteen hours of classroom instruction and spend two day-sails on the Chesapeake Bay applying your practical navigation skills. Build on these essential skills.
The course will cover navigation aids such as buoys, day-marks, and lighthouses; charts; other publications; magnetic and true north; variation between the two; types of magnetic compasses; compass deviation; navigation instruments; hand-bearing compass; how to find the boat’s position on the chart; deduced reckoning (“dead reckoning”); different types of position fixes; navigation equipment; Loran-C; GPS; and depth sounder.
The only prerequisite for the course is a desire to learn and apply the skills in a set of classroom and sailboat sessions.
Please read the following before class:
Chapters 9-13 of The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, Third Ed., by John Rousmaniere; and/or
Chapters 13-18 of Chapman Piloting & Seamanship, 66th Ed., by Charles B. Husick.
The student must also purchase his/her own copy of CHART 12270 and CHART 12282.
Students will need to buy or borrow tools for the class. Recommended tools include:
These items are readily available from most marine supply stores, including West Marine, Fawcett’s, etc., or order online from Weems & Plath Navigation Tools or Amazon.
A schedule of class dates will be made available and posted on the ANSA calendar before the end of First Quarter 2016.
$270 plus the cost of the required text and chart, plus any purchase of professional quality navigation instruments and a hand-bearing compass. The cost of the on-the-water training is included.
Email the Rear Commodore for Training (firstname.lastname@example.org).