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   TIME: 6:30-8:30 PM         6-8 WEEKS


Contact: P/Lt/C Joellyn Jackson, S 

Boat Handling
This course covers your responsibilities as skipper, and getting your boat ready for launch. You’ll also learn boat handling and maneuvering skills that allow you to boat under various conditions in close quarters and on the open water.


  • Rules of the Road – A Practical Approach

  • Confidence in Docking and Undocking – Slow-Speed Maneuvering

  • Boating with Confidence – Handling Your Boat Underway

  • Anchoring with Assurance – Don’t Get Carried Away

  • Emergencies on Board – Preparation for Handling Common Problems

  • Knots and Line Handling – The Knots You Need to Know

Marine Navigation
Seattle Boating Navigation Course

MARINE NAVIGATION - (Formerly Piloting)

This course is the first of a two-part program studying inland and coastal navigation.  Its focus is on the fundamentals of piloting - keeping track of a boat's movements, determining one's position at any time and laying out courses to a planned destination.   Included are subjects such as:


  • Charts and their use

  • Aids to navigation

  • The mariner's compass

  • Variation and deviation of the compass

  • Plotting and steering courses

  • Dead reckoning

  • Plotting and labeling charts

4 x 15 course plotter:  Members $8.00 /  Non-Members  $11.00

Ultra-Light Dividers:  Members $14.00 /  Non-Members $20.00

Advanced Marine Navigation
Seattle Boating Course Navigation


(Formerly Advanced Piloting)

This course is the final part of the inland and coastal navigation series. Its emphasis is on the use of modern electronic navigation systems and other advanced techniques for finding position. Among topics covered are:


  • Tides and currents and their effect on piloting

  • Finding position using bearings and angles

  • Simple use of the mariner's sextant

  • Electronic navigation - RADAR, LORAN, GPS, etc.

Offshore Navigation
Seattle Celestial Navigation

OFFSHORE NAVIGATION -  (Formerly Junior Navigation)

Junior Navigation is the first in a two-part program of study in offshore navigation. It is designed as a practical "how to" course. Subject matter includes:


  • Precise time determination

  • Use of the Nautical Almanac

  • Taking sextant sights of the sun, moon, planets and stars

  • Reducing sights to establish lines of position

  • Special charts and plotting sheets for offshore navigation

  • Offshore navigational routines for recreational craft

Supplies:  Members $20.00 Nautical Almanac $35.00 / Non members $60.00 Nautical Almanac $55.00

Celestial Navigation

CELESTIAL NAVIGATION - (Formerly Navigation)

This course is the second part of the study of offshore navigation, further developing the student's understanding of celestial navigation theory. The course covers:


  • Additional sight-reduction techniques

  • Honing skills insight taking and positioning

  • Orderly methods for the navigator's day's work at sea

  • Navigating with minimal resources, as in a lifeboat


Supplies:  Members $40.00 Nautical Almanac $35.00 / Non members $130.00 Nautical Almanac $55.00

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