- Introduction to Radar Navigation
- Radar & Night Navigation
- Custom Pilothouse Classes
- Essentials of Safe Navigation
- Navigation and Piloting
- Marine Weather
- Surprise! You’re in Command
- Powerboating Electronics at the Helm
Pilothouse Simulator Classes
Learn to interpret the images your radar is displaying in hands on radar exercises in our Chart Room. This class includes an introduction to true and relative motion, range, bearing, and what that means to you and your vessel. You will also learn how to mark targets and track other vessels. This class has a four-person minimum.
Build on your basic radar skills with simulated collision avoidance exercises. Use vectors, bearing lines and range rings to navigate safely. You will learn to recognize other vessels, aids to navigation, harbor entrances, and hazards at night. The class features our state-of-the-art marine simulator, which accurately demonstrates the lights of Puget Sound and the vessels you might encounter. This class has a four-person minimum.
Get a group of 6-8 folks together and we’ll schedule a class for you on your schedule! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
In the Classroom
An 8 hour course that introduces you to all of the basics of navigating safely in our Pacific Northwest waters: paper charting, rules of the road, aids to navigation, vessel lights, electronic navigation and radar. This course is taught in a single 8-hour class on a Saturday, or online in (4) 2-hour evening sessions. This class has a four-person minimum.
This classroom based program focuses on chart reading, navigational aids, navigational tools, compass use, latitude and longitude, dead-reckoning, triangulation, tides and currents, trip planning, boating resources for the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands, and how to safely cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca!
The Marine Weather Course teaches the practical application of both atmospheric science and oceanography in relation to sailing. Whether you’re planning a day sail or a long-distance voyage, sail safer and faster with a better understanding of the weather. This class will explain sea breezes, local wind patterns, and storms at sea in terms of basic weather concepts. Tropical and middle latitude weather systems will be discussed. You will learn the similarities and differences between the weather in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Learn where to find weather data ashore and on-board, how to read weather charts and interpret the weather forecasts. Combine weather data from other sources, your observations, and natural signs to make your own weather forecast.
NEW IN 2017! A 3-hour class on what you need to know if you are suddenly in command of your powerboat. Learn the basics of communication, helm, and navigating safely home.
NEW IN 2017! A 3-hour class on the navigation electronics at the helm of your powerboat. Learn what you need to know about your instruments, chart plotter, and radar to navigate with confidence.