Are you and your family safe on the water?

| February 5, 2015 | 1 Comment

Screenshot 2015-01-29 17.00.31Navigation Classes in Annapolis are being offered by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 24-09. Now is a good time to brush up on your knowledge about how to get around safely on the water, no matter the time of day or the weather, with or without GPS. Boating is much more fun when you always know where you are. Coast Guard Auxiliary Coxswains who are certified instructors with years of boating and navigation experience provide a positive learning experience.

Basic Coastal Navigation: Many boaters leave the dock with only a GPS and no navigation knowledge to use when the GPS is inoperable. Learn how to navigate with or without a GPS. That way, you will always know where you are and how to get home. Even if you need help, you will be able to tell the Coast Guard where you are, thus enabling a safe and speedy rescue.

  • Cost – $80 Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 3 to March 3, plus Wednesday February 11.
  • Proper tools taught in the course will be available for purchase.

Advanced Coastal Navigation: Builds on the basic course (pre-requisite) by adding Tides and Currents. Understand how they affect your ability to operate your vessel and navigate. Fuel and voyage planning take this into account. Electronic navigation is focused on Radar, but GPS issues are also discussed. The current state of reference materials is explored. This course ties it all together to help you be safe in any coastal waters.

  • Cost – $50 Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 10 to April 7, plus Wednesday March 11.

All classes are from 6:30 to 9:30pm at Eastport Yacht Club, 301 Chester Ave., Annapolis, MD. 

PREREGISTER for these classes by sending an email to [email protected] or by calling 301-332-1864.

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John is the publisher and editor of Eye On Annapolis. As a resident and business owner in Anne Arundel County for more than 15 years, he realized that there was something missing in terms of community news--and Eye On Annapolis was born in late spring 2009. John's background is in the travel industry as a business owner, industry speaker, and travel writer. In terms of blogging and social media, he cut his teeth with MSNBC.com.