BOAT HANDLING | NAVIGATION

The advanced courses are generally held once a week over a ten week period with one additional week for the exam.  Most classes are typically 2 hours long, running from 1900 - 2100.  Students are expected to complete homework assignments between classes.

For more information contact Gail Kalbrener 

(425) 802-1706 or ssaps.seo@gmail.com

 
 
BOAT HANDLING - (Formerly Seamanship)
 
This course covers your responsibilities as skipper, and getting your boat ready for launch. You’ll also learn boat handling and maneuvering skills that allow you to boat under various conditions in close quarters and on the open water.

 

  • Rules of the Road – A Practical Approach

  • Confidence in Docking and Undocking – Slow-Speed Maneuvering

  • Boating with Confidence – Handling Your Boat Underway

  • Anchoring with Assurance – Don’t Get Carried Away

  • Emergencies on Board – Preparation for Handling Common Problems

  • Knots and Line Handling – The Knots You Need to Know
     

Course materials include a downloadable or printed student manual as well as a downloadable U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook.

 

 

MARINE NAVIGATION (Piloting)
 

This course is the first of a two-part program studying inland and coastal navigation.  Its focus is on the fundamentals of piloting - keeping track of a boat's movements, determining one's position at any time and laying out courses to a planned destination.   Included are subjects such as:

 

  • Charts and their use

  • Aids to navigation

  • The mariner's compass

  • Variation and deviation of the compass

  • Plotting and steering courses

  • Dead reckoning

  • Plotting and labeling charts

 

 

ADVANCED MARINE NAVIGATION (Advanced Piloting)

This course is the final part of the inland and coastal navigation series. Its emphasis is on the use of modern electronic navigation systems and other advanced techniques for finding position. Among topics covered are:

 

  • Tides and currents and their effect on piloting

  • Finding position using bearings and angles

  • Simple use of the mariner's sextant

  • Electronic navigation - RADAR, LORAN, GPS, etc.
     

 

OFFSHORE NAVIGATION (Junior Navigation)

Junior Navigation is the first in a two-part program of study in offshore navigation. It is designed as a practical "how to" course. Subject matter includes:

 

  • Precise time determination

  • Use of the Nautical Almanac

  • Taking sextant sights of the sun, moon, planets and stars

  • Reducing sights to establish lines of position

  • Special charts and plotting sheets for offshore navigation

  • Offshore navigational routines for recreational craft

 

 

CELESTIAL NAVIGATION - Advanced Offshore Navigation

This course is the second part of the study of offshore navigation, further developing the student's understanding of celestial navigation theory. The course covers:

 

  • Additional sight-reduction techniques

  • Honing skills insight taking and positioning

  • Orderly methods for the navigator's day's work at sea

  • Navigating with minimal resources, as in a lifeboat

WELCOME!

We are the Seattle Sail & Power Squadron. A unit of the United States Power Squadrons, the largest recreational boating organization in the US. We are a volunteer organization to promote skillful boating fun through public and member education.

We can help you improve your boating skills and knowledge in the classroom with certified instructors, or outdoors with hands-on training. By joining America’s premier boating organization,  you can have fun with other boaters on the water and on land!

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Content last updated:  17 September 2020

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