Coastal Navigation with GPS
Course Length: Two Nights 4 hours each
Can you navigate home successfully when your chartplotter and GPS fail at the most inopportune moment? Learn essential, paper and pencil navigation techniques plus electronic navigation and how to integrate both for ease, safe and successful near-coastal passage making.
Coastal Navigation is designed to acquaint you with all the tools, publications and skills required for successful coastal navigation, both with and without electronic aids.
It consists of classroom work focusing on the theory, practice, and procedures of navigation and piloting.
With short theoretical overview of how GPS works, the course also spends time practicing hands-on navigational exercises to develop your skills with GPS functions and capabilities. You can expect to learn all the features of your GPS and its on-the-water applications. Come away with increased facility to use your own GPS in the classroom and subsequently under pressure at sea.
Creating, installing and storing waypoints
Navigating to a waypoint
Creating and storing routes
Using GPS tracking
Setting waypoint alerts
Tailored settings for your particular boating needs
GPS chart-plotting latitude and longitude
Compass: variation, deviation, compass error
Plotting and course determination
Calculating distance, speed and time
Determining position using 3 bearing fix
Establishing a running fix
Practical use of navigational publication
Notes: In addition to the provided materials you must have or acquire the following tools and items: (click for link)
Parellel Plotter [#NP120]
Dividers (one or two-handed version – 7” recommended) [#NP170]
Pencils (mechanical w/0.5 or 0.7 mm leads are recommended) [#NP1141]
Erasers (soft eraser)
Calculator (battery or solar)
All of these items are available for purchase at Landfall Navigation. Please call in advance of the course to purchase for shipping to you or to have us set aside the equipment the equipment for you to pick up on Day 1 of the course.
Facilitator: Captain Barry Natale, USCG Master