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Class has been CANCELLED!

Marine Navigation

January 20 to March 24, 2021

This course focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student' skills through hands-on practice and learning. Ten classes of two hours each normally 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 readings
Using a GPS: A typical GPS displays location and mapped depth, and one can set up waypoints and routes
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 a simple skills aid for checking that one is on course.
To register or for more information about the course please call Kevin at 919-562-0597
or send email to
  • USPS member (includes books): $95.00
  • USPS member (sharing books): $10.00
  • Non-USPS member (includes books): $150.00
  • Non-USPS member (sharing books): $20.00

For further information, contact:

Kevin L. Lyon

(919) 562‑0597