Power Squadron Weather Course
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 9:00 AM
Thurmond Lake Power Squadron offers the USPS Piloting Course -
Piloting is the first course in the sequence of United States Power Squadron courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This 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 final exam and on the water exercise are optional.
The course content includes: 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; Pre-planning safe courses and entering them into the GPS; Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques; The "Seaman's Eye" - simple skills for checking that one is on course.
The Piloting Class will meet on Tuesday mornings starting on Tuesday, 28-February at 0900 in the Calhoun room at the Recreation Center for seven weekly sessions. The cost is $58 for members and $87 for non members to reimburse the Squadron for the cost of the Piloting book, which you will be given on the first day of class. Also you will need a protractor, drafting compass and drafting parallel bars that the instructor can purchase for you at cost and you can reimburse the Squadron.