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Introduction to Coastal Navigation


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

The 2018 class will meet from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. the five Thursday evenings in August at the Hamilton Creek Marina building.  For the course, you will need a few items. The course book, Coastal Navigation, can be ordered from US Sailing. You will also need a training chart that your instructor will have for $8. And, you will need a basic set of plotting tools including a parallel ruler, dividers and a plotter. West Marine has a package for about $45 (West Marine) or search for the Weems & Plath Basic Navigation Set from your favorite retailer. You may also want to get a “hand held compass” (either puck-type or pistol grip).

Due to space requirements, registration is limited to twelve persons.  Registration is only through the instructor, Kenny Cooper, by e-mailing or by phone/text at 615-330-0844.