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Compass on Map  
Introduction to Coastal Navigation


This course covers reading a chart, aids to navigation, tides and currents, determining one's position, plotting a course, planning a course to steer, and basic piloting.


There is a $50 fee for the course, payable to PPYC.  Provided for you in this fee is the training chart; the course book, Coastal Navigation (U.S. Sailing Association); and a copy of the latest edition of the Eldridge Tide and Pilot Book.

Please check the Events Calendar for details regarding this year's offering, including event date, registration deadline, and materials included in the fee. Due to space requirements, registration is limited to twelve persons

You will need to purchase a basic set of plotting tools including a parallel ruler, plotter, and dividers. West Marine has a package for about $50 (West Marine) or search for the Weems & Plath Basic Navigation Set from your favorite retailer. Though not required for the course, you may also want to get a “hand held compass” (either puck-type or pistol grip) for future navigation.

For further information, contact the instructor, Kenny Cooper, by e-mailing or by phone/text at 615-330-0844.