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America's Boating Club™

For Boaters, By Boaters™
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South Bend Sail and Power Squadron

Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan

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Piloting

Piloting

Modern GPS and chart plotting equipment has made life much easier for the modern boater. But what happens when your equipment fails? Can you reliably find your way back to your home port, regardless of the conditions? Piloting is the first course in practical navigation, with the emphasis on understanding and using paper charts. Learn the essentials of safe coastal and inland navigation using basic GPS in conjunction with charts and other marine data.  The Piloting course teaches you how to use the GPS along with traditional dead reckoning techniques for planning and laying out safe routes, as well as ensuring that you are on-course while underway.

What's Included?

  • Charts and their interpretation
  • Landmarks and navigation aids (buoys, daymarks, lights, etc.)
  • Plotting courses and determining direction and distance
  • The mariner's compass and converting between True and Magnetic
  • Use of GPS - basic GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS course
  • Pre-planning courses and entering them into the GPS
  • Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning
  • The "Seaman's Eye" - simple skills for checking that one is on course