BASIC NAVIGATION AND PILOTING
This two-day class is for everyone from novice to experienced boaters looking for formal training in piloting and navigation. Students receive lecture and hands-on training utilizing charts, plotting tools, government publications and workbook exercises. Upon completion of the class, students are able to plot a course, create a route log, plot their position by various types of fixes, calculate time, speed & distance, and perform set and drift vectors. Participants learn the same techniques used in the plotting module of the USCG deck officer license exam.
- Chart orientation
- Use of government publications such as:
- Tide Tables
- Tidal Current Tables
- Light List
- Coast Pilot
- Notice to Mariners
- Navigation Rules
- Chart No. 1
- Plotting positions
- Creating routes
- Plotting three-bearing fixes, running fixes and electronic fixes
- Understanding aids to navigation
- Rules of the Road
- Trip planning (use of cruising guides, planning fuel stops, etc.)
- Dead Reckoning
- Time, speed and distance
- Set and drift vectors
The charts, publications, plotting tools and calculators are provided for use in class. However, students are encouraged to bring their own plotting tools.
NAVIGATION II: iNavigation
Modern integrated navigation calls for the mariner to blend traditional navigation skills with the use and knowledge of sophisticated networked electronic aids. This two-day (12-hour) class is focused on marrying paper chart navigation with electronic navigation systems, tablets and smart phones. Students will receive lecture, demonstration and hands-on training that utilizes the Annapolis School of Seamanship bridge simulator. The simulator allows students to engage in a virtual voyage in all weather conditions and can interface with tablet based navigation systems such as iNavx®.
Students for this class must have previously taken Basic Navigation or have a solid foundation in traditional paper chart navigation and plotting.
- Electronic Navigation Basics
- GPS Chartplotter, Radar, and AIS
- Relative Motion, Collision Avoidance, ARPA, VRM, and EBL on a radar display
- Tablet and phone based navigation using iNavx® and other mobile apps
- Fully integrated navigation experience using our full-size ship simulator
INTRODUCTION TO CELESTIAL NAVIGATION
In this 12-hour celestial navigation class, students receive both lecture and hands-on instruction utilizing a sextant, the Nautical Almanac, sight reduction tables and calculator. This course provides boaters with an overview of the celestial sky and a practical method for finding their position at sea without depending on GPS.
- Introduction to the celestial triangle (GP, LHA, Dec, AP)
- Relating time and arc
- Measuring altitude and recording time
- Taking Sights with a Sextant
- Using the Nautical Almanac & Publication 229 (Sight Reduction Tables)
- Reducing Sights by Calculator Method
- Celestial Body Identification