Power Squadron Offers Advanced Pilot Classes

Advanced Piloting is the second in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation. It continues to build coastal and inland navigation skills, allowing the student to take on more challenging conditions,– unfamiliar waters, limited visibility, and extended cruises. GPS is used 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 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:

Review of skills learned in piloting

Advanced positioning techniques such as advancing a line of position

Other electronics: radar, depth sounders, autopilots, chartplotters, laptop computer software, etc.

Hazard avoidance techniques using electronics (e.g., “keep out” zones in GPS)

Collision avoidance using radar and GPS

Working with tides: clearances, depth, effects of current

Piloting with wind and currents

The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course

The course will start on Janurary 22nd at 6:30pm and go for 10 weeks,ending on March 26th. The cost for the course will be $75.00 for Power Squadron Members and $100.00 for Non Members. The course will be at the Coos Bay Power Squadron Building, 90346 Guano Rock Lane at the Charleston Boat Basin. Call 541-888-6178 for information and to pre-register. Or leave a message at 541-290-3957.

This entry was posted on Monday, January 6th, 2014 and is filed under Local News, Public Service Announcements.