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P.O Box 233

Bellevue WA 98009

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Seamanship

Seamanship provides a foundation of knowledge and skills in boat handling and maneuvering, boat operation, skipper's responsibilities, and boating techniques that will advance your boating enjoyment. For both sail and power boats. 

Topics covered include:

  • Types of boats and how they behave on the water

  • Anchoring in various conditions

  • Docking and line handling

  • Close quarter maneuvering

  • Rules of the road

  • Communication with other boats

  • How to respond to various emergencies

  • Marlinespike/basic knots

This course is normally completed in 12 two-hour sessions: six sessions of study, one session of review and one session for the exam.

Tuition:  Members: $80.00  Non-members: $120

Marine Navigation (Piloting)

The Piloting course teaches you how to use GPS along with traditional dead reckoning techniques for planning and laying out safe routes, as well as ensuring that you are on-course while underway.

  • Charts and their interpretation

  • Landmarks and navigation aids (buoys, daymarks, lights, etc.)

  • Plotting courses and determining direction and distance

  • The mariner's compass and converting between True and Magnetic

  • Use of GPS - basic GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS course

  • Pre-planning courses and entering them into the GPS

  • Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning

  • The "Seaman's Eye" - simple skills for checking that one is on course

Twelve classes of two hours each normally are scheduled for presentation of this course. In addition the students have seven days to complete an open book exam.

Tuition: Members: $135.00 Non-members: $ 187.50

Advanced Piloting

Learn to use radar, chart plotters, AIS and other electronic tools to supplement basic GPS navigation.  Obtain a thorough understanding of piloting techniques in a variety of coastal tide, current and wind conditions.

What's covered:

  • Advanced positioning techniques, such as advancing a line of position to obtain a running fix

  • Use a variety of electronic tools:  radar, depth sounders, autopilots, chart plotters, laptop computer software, and more

  • Hazard avoidance techniques using electronics (e.g., avoidance waypoints or safety zones in GPS)

  • Collision avoidance using radar, GPS, and AIS

  • Working with tide and current data to determine clearances, depth of water and effects of current

  • Piloting in various wind and current conditions

  • The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course

Ten classes of two hours each normally are scheduled for presentation of this course. In addition the students have seven days to complete an open book exam.

Tuition: Members: $125.00  Non-members: $187.50

Offshore Navigation (Junior Navigation)

Learn to use a marine sextant and the sun as your reference point, derive a line of position, and develop a running fix. You will also learn to calculate your latitude from a noon sight on the sun.

What's covered:

  • Determining precise time

  • Using the Nautical Almanac

  • Taking sextant sights of the sun

  • Reducing sights to establish lines of position

  • Determining latitude from a noon sight

  • Using special charts and plotting sheets for offshore navigation

  • Setting offshore navigational routines for recreational craft

  • Also learn to prepare a sight folder that documents your positioning skills using sights taken on the sun.

The course will take approximately 14 weeks to complete and you will have two additional weeks to complete an open book exam.

Tuition: Members: $135.00 Non-members: $180.00

Celestial Navigation (Navigation)

The Navigation course will teach you how to use the moon, planets, and stars to determine your position at morning and evening twilight to supplement daytime sights on the sun, moon, and bright planets. You will also get access to and use navigational software tools that can be used to plan and execute any voyage.

What's covered:

  • An overview of how the celestial bodies in the sky appear to us on earth

  • Finding local mean time of solar and lunar phenomena and converting these times to watch time

  • Reducing sights of the moon, stars, and planets by the Law of Cosines and Nautical Almanac Sight Reduction methods, along with sight data averaging

  • Achieving acceptable 2- and 3-body fixes, using both traditional and electronic tools

  • Determining your latitude from a sight on Polaris, the north star

  • Provisioning an emergency navigation kit and constructing emergency plotting sheets

  • Using navigational software to plan an offshore voyage and execute a voyage 

The course will take approximately 10 weeks and, you will have two additional weeks to complete an open book exam.

Tuition: Members: $135.00  Non-members: $180.00