“Virtual” Piloting (Marine Navigation)
Offered by America’s Boating Club Valley Forge

Date: Monday, September 21, 2020
Time: 7 – 9 PM Eastern (9 weeks plus a take-home exam)
Location: Online
Cost: $100 per person (includes student manual in eBook format,
the paperback edition of The Weekend Navigator,
a course plotter and dividers)

Enrollment Deadline: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Piloting (Marine Navigation) is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation. It covers the basics of coastal and inland navigation. It focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS or chartplotter fails.

The course includes many exercises designed to develop the student’s navigation skills. Nine classes of two hours each are scheduled for presentation of this course. In addition, the students have seven days to complete the open book exam. Topics covered include:

  • Charts and their interpretation
  • Navigation aids and how they point to safe water
  • Plotting courses and determining direction and distance
  • The mariner’s compass and converting between True and Magnetic
  • Use of GPS – typical GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS route.
  • Pre-planning safe 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.

To enroll in the Virtual Piloting (Marine Navigation) Course please do the following:

  1. Fill out this online questionnaire and email it as an attachment to ABCValleyForgeCourses@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 Piloting Course by using either PayPal or a credit card. The cost is $100 per person. You will receive an emailed receipt showing $100.00 payment to "Mainline Sail and Power Squadron."

The deadline for enrolling in the Virtual Piloting Course is Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

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