"Navigation has changed since the “old days” when navigators plotted a course relying on dead-reckoning and seeing a buoy was a bonus. Today we have inexpensive Global Positioning Systems (GPS) - even in our cell phones - that can enable you to pinpoint your position anywhere on the face of the earth. However, while electronics can be very helpful, easy to use, and accurate, they can also break or quit. Knowing how to navigate with electronics is useful, but knowing how to navigate the traditional way using dividers, parallel rulers, and a compass could make the difference between survival and a catastrophe.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary's Weekend Navigator course combines our Basic Navigation Course, and our Advanced Navigation course, which can be taught separately.
|U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Weekend Navigation Course|
The basic portions of Weekend Navigator are designed to give the student the rudiments of navigation by using GPS, and the back-up skill of navigation using charts, navigation plotting tools, and dead-reckoning. The intent is to provide the student with a solid foundation with emphasis on technique and not blind reliance on electronics. GPS will be mentioned and discussed as it relates to plotting waypoints, etc.
The advanced portion of the course covers the use of GPS and other electronic devices in more technical detail as well as some more sophisticated traditional navigation skills as back-ups. An added segment covers fuel management, which is the final crucial issue for all power boat navigation."
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Course: Weekend Navigator
Start Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2016
End Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2016
Hours: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Duration: 7 Weeks
Location: Milford High School; Room C-8
Contact: Cheryl Douglas
31 West Fountain Street
Milford, MA 01757
Course Cost: R: $135, NR: $145
Register By: Sat, 13 Feb 2016