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Advanced Piloting

Materials Fee: $65
Weekend Navigator: $20 / Chart Plotter: $17 (if needed)
Dates: Tuesdays, Feb 25 through April 21, 7-9 PM
Location: Peace Church (St. Louis Park)
Course Chair: Russ Straate (rstraate@gmail.com)

You successfully completed Piloting so let’s build on those skills before they get rusty! Join us to gain coastal and inland navigation skills, this time in situations of unfamiliar waters, limited visibility, and extended cruises. GPS is embraced as a primary navigation tool while adding radar, chart plotters, and other electronic navigation tools. This is a fun course to do as a small group in a classroom setting. If you miss a course or two due to work or other commitments—don’t sweat it. You can do some of the sessions on your own time.


Inland Navigator Starter Kit

Materials Fee: $50

The starter kit includes a copy of "Start Boating Right" and a "passport" to record your progress towards earning an Inland Navigator Certificate. Your passport will be signed by appropriate certifiers as you complete a skill, course, or seminar. For courses, seminars and skill demonstrations completed before the issuing of the passport, the Squadron Education Officer (SEO) or certifier can sign the appropriate spaces based on national or squadron records. It is important for the member to keep a passport and for squadron certifiers to keep back-up records of these events until entered into the National database.

Free two-hour on-the-water boat handling seminar

Dates: Customized to your schedule

If you’ve just purchased a new boat, or upgraded to a larger vessel, our instructors are available to give you personalized on-the-water training--right on your own boat! This free service is available to both Squadron members and the general public.



Materials Fee: $60
Dates: Monday, October 14 - December 16
Location: Peace Church (St. Louis Park).
Course Contact: Russ Stratte rstraate@gmail.com

Piloting is the first of the navigational classes focusing on techniques for piloting a boat in coastal and inland conditions. There is a ton of great content and value here, and of all the courses in the USPS curriculum, many agree that Piloting is the one course you can’t miss. The course emphasizes planning and checking along with the use of GPS for determining position, and introduces digital charting along with traditional charting, compass and dead reckoning skills. Plotting, labeling, use of the compass, aids to navigation and a host of related topics are included in this all-new approach to coastal and inland piloting. The Student Kit includes the Student Manual, the Plotting and Labeling Guide and instructions for downloading, installing and using OpenCPN, a marine navigation program that is state-of-the-art and in wide use by commercial and recreational boating enthusiasts.

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