Hurricane Preparation for Boaters

Protect your boat from the next big one: storms, floods and wind

Introduction to Navigation

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Do you want to learn practical techniques to plan, navigate, and check your progress on the water? It's not that hard, and modern marine electronics like GPS and Chartplotters make it even easier.

This seminar will introduce you to using nautical charts to determine safe routes, creating waypoints in your Chartplotter and other GPS devices, and basic electronic navigation and planning using the free downloadable OpenCPN software. This seminar is a great foundation for advanced courses that teach piloting and celestial navigation skills.

The student kit includes the Introduction to Navigation booklet with integrated discussion to the instructor PowerPoint classroom presentation, including directions to download navigation charts and the OpenCPN software application.


What's Included?

  • Nautical charts
  • Waypoint navigation using a chartplotter
  • Navigation planning using OpenCPN software
  • Navigation while underway
  • What to do when things go wrong

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Boat Safely With AIS Marine Electronics

AIS Electronics for Boaters, our newest Boat Systems seminar, can help you decide if Automatic Identification System (AIS) electronics are right for you. AIS electronics aren’t just for commercial vessels. Using AIS can help you navigate crowded waterways easily and safely.

With AIS marine electronics onboard, you can identify potential dangers and quickly make decisions on the water. Many systems share your boat’s information with other boats so they can also make better, safer boating decisions.

In this course, you will learn what AIS does, how it works, whether you need an AIS system, how AIS is different from radar, how to use AIS to navigate more safely, and what to consider when integrating AIS with your existing electronics.

AIS Electronics for Boaters is available for classroom instruction and as an interactive online seminar. The classroom edition of the seminar and the interactive online seminar have the same scope and learning objectives. For a preview of the online seminar, click Free preview below.

Classroom materials include a 40-page full-color student guide in your choice of print or eBook format. Instructor materials are also available in hard copy or eBook format. The Instructor Kit includes the student guide, a DVD or eDVD with three versions of the PowerPoint presentation and Instructions on how to use the versions to prepare for teaching and when teaching the classroom. 



Knots and Line Handling: The Knots You Need to Know

Knots and Line Handling is offered as a seminar and as part of the Boat Handling course.

Recreational boaters use line and knots to: secure their boat to docks, piers, and other boats; handle rescue and repair situations; manage running rigging; anchor securely; and tow other vessels or people.  This seminar has been designed to help you to select line for your boat and know which lines and knots to use in each situation.  You'll gain knowledge and hands-on experience selecting line and tying the 10 most useful knots, bends, and hitches; and you'll learn how to care for the lines on your boat and on the dock.



Rules of the Road: A Practical Approach

Rules of the Road is offered as a seminar and as part of the Boat Handling course.

Navigational rules of the road help you know what to do when you share the water with other boats, how to recognize and signal intentions, and how to avoid collision.  This seminar focuses in a practical way on helping you understand the basic rules encountered by recreational boaters during most every boating outing and the rules most likely to apply in the local waters where you boat.  It covers skipper responsibilities, general rules and definitions, rules to avoid collision, lights and shapes, and sound and light signals.

Ask your local squadron about on-the-water coaching to help you practice recognizing local situations, the rules that apply, and the actions you should take.  And be sure to read the United States Coast Guard's Navigational Rules and Regulations Handbook for the authoritative word on all rules of the road, since - as the skipper or designated crew member - you are responsible to know the rules that apply anywhere you boat.



Emergencies on Board: Preparation for Handling Common Problems

Emergencies on Board is offered as a seminar and as part of the Boat Handling course.

Prevention and preparation make all the difference.  This seminar has been designed to prepare you to handle common emergencies that can happen when you are away from the dock... whether you venture out for the day or are leaving on a longer cruise.  You will learn how to deal with them as they occur and especially when the skipper is unable to respond.

Upon completion of this seminar, you will have gained an understanding of: the most common types of vessel emergencies and how to deal with them, medical emergencies and how to be prepared for them and the various ways, when you need help, to communicate your problem to others.