Piloting Course Description
The Piloting course is the first in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This all-new course focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning. Topics covered include:
· Charts and their interpretation
· Navigation aids and how they point to safe water
· Plotting courses and determining direction and distance
· The mariner’s compass and converting between True and Magnetic
· Use of GPS – typical GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS route.
· Pre-planning safe 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.
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