Do you want to navigate unfamiliar waters in limited visibility or take an extended cruise with confidence? Learn to use radar, chart plotters, AIS and other electronic tools to supplement basic GPS navigation. Obtain a thorough understanding of piloting techniques in a variety of coastal tide, current and wind conditions.
Piloting Course is a prerequisite for this course.
Advanced positioning techniques, such as advancing a line of position to obtain a running fix
Use a variety of electronic tools: radar, depth sounders, autopilots, chart plotters, laptop computer software, and more
Hazard avoidance techniques using electronics (e.g., avoidance waypoints or safety zones in GPS)
Collision avoidance using radar, GPS, and AIS
Working with tide and current data to determine clearances, depth of water and effects of current
Piloting in various wind and current conditions
The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course