“Virtual” Advanced Piloting Course
Offered by America’s Boating Club Valley Forge

Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Time: 7 – 9 PM Eastern (9 weeks plus a take-home exam)
Location: Online
Cost: $60 per person (includes student manual in eBook format plus charts

Prerequisite: Marine Navigation (Piloting)

Enrollment Deadline: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Advanced Marine Navigation (Advanced Piloting) is the second in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation. It continues to build coastal and inland navigation skill, allowing the student to take on more challenging conditions, unfamiliar waters, limited visibility, and extended cruises. GPS is embraced as a primary navigation tool while adding radar, chart plotters, and other electronic navigation tools.

As with Marine Navigation (Piloting), the course includes many in-class exercises, advancing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning. Nine classes of two hours each are scheduled for presentation of this course. The course lectures will be delivered totally online. In addition, the students will have seven days to complete the open book exam. Topics covered include:

  • Review of skills learned in Marine Navigation (Piloting)
  • Advanced positioning techniques such as advancing a line of position
  • Other electronics: radar, depth sounders, autopilots, chart plotters, laptop computer software, etc.
  • Hazard avoidance techniques using electronics (e.g., “keep out” zones in GPS)
  • Collision avoidance using radar and GPS
  • Working with tides: clearances, depth, effects of current
  • Piloting with wind and currents
  • The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course.

To enroll in the Virtual Advanced Piloting Course please do the following:

  1. Fill out this online questionnaire and email it as an attachment to JLHECKMAN4929@gmail.com. (The information is necessary to receive the course student guide in eBook format. It is also necessary for those who wish to receive credit with the America’s Boating Club for having taken the course)

    Click here to download the online questionnaire.

  2. Click on this button to pay for the Virtual Advanced Piloting Course by using either PayPal or a credit card. The cost is $60 per person. You will receive an emailed receipt showing $60.00 payment to "Mainline Sail and Power Squadron."

The deadline for enrolling in the Virtual Piloting Course is Wednesday, February 10, 2021.

Send an email to ABCValleyForgeCourses@gmail.com if you have any questions.