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 Seamanship is a natural first/next step in building a foundation for confidence and competence in safe and enjoyable boating on the water. It extends the knowledge and skills of the boater in handling and maneuvering a vessel, either sail or power. The course provides a better understanding of how boats behave under various conditions including close quarters and open water operations. Knowledge and skills are increased in the areas of anchoring, emergencies, rules of the road, and marlinespike/basis knots. Appendices include information to safe operation in waters of our neighbors to the north and south, Canada and Mexico. The course content and our coastal navigation courses should help in preparation for completion of the US Coast Guard licensing examination.  An On-The-Water component enhances the learning experience.
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Piloting is the first of a two-part navigation series for inland and coastal boaters. Piloting teaches the essentials of safe navigation using GPS and electronic tools in conjunction with charts and available marine data (waypoint navigation). In order to check the GPS, and to navigate in the event of any uncertainty, traditional navigation skills are taught. You learn how to use landmarks and navigation aids to check your position and navigate using dead reckoning.

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Advanced Piloting  is the final inland and coastal navigation course. It furthers your understanding of electronic navigation and tools to include the use of radar, depth sounders, chart plotters and digital charts. It also expands your understanding of safe navigation by showing you how to ;fix your position with precision by traditional techniques, how to implement ;avoidance navigation to stay clear of hazards, and how to navigate in the presence of tides and currents.

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Junior Navigation the title is traditional, the subject matter is quite advanced. This is the first of a two-part series in offshore navigation. Again, the emphasis is on safe and effective electronic navigation. However, outside sight of land and navigation aids, you are taught to use the sun. The basics of celestial navigation are instructed and you take sights on the sun to derive fixes of position. You also learn about the unique conditions and considerations in offshore navigation.

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Navigation; is our senior-most navigation course. This is for the potential blue-water mariner. It takes your celestial navigation skills to a new level, showing you how to take sights and fix position using the moon, planets, and stars. You will take more complex sights and learn multiple approaches to reducing them. Then, true to our emphasis on electronic navigation, you will learn how to use electronic tools to plan and execute your offshore voyage.

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  Cruise Planning  
There is something very special about the thrill of cruising in new waters and the sense of accomplishment upon completing an extended cruise. To go beyond what most boaters do on a weekend overnight or even a week or so marina hopping requires boaters to leave their normal cruising areas and comfort zones. The Cruise Planning course focuses on the planning and
preparation necessary for safe enjoyable extended cruises on both inland and coastal waters. Designed for members who cruise on either a sail or powerboat (owned or chartered)

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  Engine Maintenance  
The new Engine Maintenance course 2011 has been put  into one ten chapter course that stresses the diagnosis of modern systems, while also teaching the basics of engine layout and operation.
Gasoline inboards, outboards, and diesel engines are taught in a way that reinforces the common aspects of how engines work. This new course is complete in one book with one exam.
Modern engines offer high reliability and good performance through the use of computerized systems for fuel delivery and engine timing. Most of these systems are black boxes that can no longer be serviced by weekend mechanics with ordinary tools. The EM
course covers those repairs that do-it-yourselfers can still perform, teaches how to diagnose problems that might be beyond your ability to fix, and how to share information with your mechanic so the right repairs get performed. The new Engine Maintenance course also covers basic mechanical systems such as drive systems (propellers), steering systems, and engine controls. The last chapter discusses solutions you might use to problems that could occur while afloat and away from a repair facility.
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  Marine Communications Systems  
Marine Communications Systems  explains the various shipboard communications systems from VHF to Single Sideband and satellite, the services associated with each. You will learn how to select, install, operate and troubleshoot your communication gear.

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  Electrical System Maintenance  
 Electrical Systems is a course dedicated to onboard electrical power  both AC and DC. You will learn about electrical circuits, wiring, terminating, and routing wiring for safety and trouble-free operation. You will learn how to use multimeters and tools to check, diagnose and repair electrical problems. You also will learn about galvanic corrosion, stray currents, isolation, grounding, and safety of electrical systems.

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  Electronic Navigation Systems  
Electronic Navigation Systems  explains the application, uses, installation, operation, and troubleshooting of a host of electronic systems. Included are GPS, chart plotters, electronic navigation systems, radar, automatic identification systems, depth sounders, sonar, autopilots, electronic compasses, wind and water sensors, and their associated components.

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Sail is a complete sail course created to serve the needs of the novice and experienced sailor, as well as the non-sailor, for basic skills and knowledge. The course starts with basic sailboat designs and nomenclature, rigging, safety, and sail processes and then tackles the physical aspects of sailing forces and techniques sail applications, marlinespike, helmsmanship and handling of more difficult sailing conditions, navigation rules, and an introduction to heavy weather sailing. An On-The-Water component enhances the learning experience. Appendices provide an introduction to sailboat racing and sailing in Canadian waters

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The safety and comfort of those who venture out-on-the water have always been weather dependent. In this course students will become keener observers of the weather, but weather observations only have meaning in the context of the basic principles of meteorology  the science of the atmosphere. The course focuses on how weather systems form, behave, move, and interact with one another and reflects the availability of all sorts of weather reports and forecasts on the Internet. Wx2012 is a general weather course benefiting those sitting in their
living rooms, as much as those standing behind the helm. Each student receives:

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