EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR 2018
The following courses
Lt/C Sara Hayes, 910 579-7621
All courses are led by an experienced instructor.
The course is centered around the 8-hour America’s Boating Course®. This class is NASBLA approved and USCG recognized and will satisfy NC safe boating requirements for anyone under 26 years of age. For new boaters or boaters new to the Shallotte River coastal area we have expanded the program to include our exclusive “Local Knowledge”. We'll address the challenges and complexities of boating in our local coastal environment .
$60 members $120 non members
This Seamanship course is a natural first/next step in building a foundation for confidence and competence for safe and enjoyable boating on the water. It extends the knowledge and skills of the boater in handling and maneuvering a vessel, either sail or power. The course provides a better understanding of how boats behave under various conditions including close quarters and open water operations. Knowledge and skills are increased in the areas of anchoring, emergencies, rules of the road.
$ 70 members $140 non members
Piloting is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course 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 fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning.
All courses are led by an experienced instructor
Advanced Piloting is the second in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation. It builds 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, chartplotters, and other electronic navigation tools. The course includes many in-class exercises, advancing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning.
Junior Navigation is the first of a two-part program of study in offshore (open coast) navigation. It is designed as a practical, how-to course using GPS for offshore navigation with sun sight taking using a sextant as a backup technique. The more advanced techniques for other celestial bodies and sights are for study in the subsequent Navigation Course. JN subject matter includes: basic concepts of celestial navigation; how to use the mariner’s sextant to take sights of the sun.
These courses can be taken in order. All courses are led by an experienced instructor
Members $60 Non Members $120 - 8 Chapters/ 1 per Session, Test based on Chapters 1-7
The safety and comfort of those who venture out-on-the water have always been weather dependent. In this course students will become keener observers of the weather, but weather observations only have meaning in the context of the basic principles of meteorology — the science of the atmosphere.
The course focuses on how weather systems form, behave, move, and interact with one another and reflects the availability of all sorts of weather reports and forecasts on the Internet.