USPS Compass


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Advanced Piloting

This all-new course continues to build coastal and inland navigation skill, allowing the student to take on more challenging conditions – unfamiliar waters, limited visibility, and extended cruises. GPS is embraced as a primary navigation tool while adding radar, chartplotters, and other electronic navigation tools. As with Piloting, the course includes many in-class exercises, advancing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning. Topics covered include:

  • Review of skills learned in Piloting.
  • Advanced positioning techniques such as advancing a line of position.
  • Other electronics:  radar, depth sounders, autopilots, chartplotters, laptop computer software, etc.
  • Hazard avoidance techniques using electronics (e.g., “keep out” zones in GPS).
  • Collision avoidance using radar and GPS.
  • Working with tides: clearances, depth, effects of current.
  • Piloting with wind and currents.
  • The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course.



Boating Class

America's Boating Course: One of the best ways to have a fun boating experience is to "know before you go". If you are a new boater or an experienced boater in need of a refresher course, consider taking a boating course.

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