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Weekend Navigator is an interactive, Zoom-based, USCG Auxiliary course that is designed to teach you how to navigate safely, primarily by using today's technology. You will use the popular "Navionics – Boating Marine & Lakes"mobile app on your tablet (best) - or smartphone - as an active learning tool. We'll start with basics like: latitude/longitude, what the map colors & symbols mean, the meaning and use of SOG & COG and much more. You will practice the all-important ‘how-to create routes’ right on the app, so you can do all of your trip planning at home. The app can then serve as a back-up to your boat's marine Chartplotter (GPS). We continue with topics, such as: Rules of the Road, Depth Sounder; Autopilot; AIS; Marine Weather Forecasts; How to Use Your Radar; Understanding how to factor in the Tides and Currents of the Pacific NW in your trip planning. Join us … and become a smarter, safer boater.
As an Emeritus Associate Professor from the University of Washington, I bring my professional educator background and 45 years of hands-on boating experience to my skills-focused teaching. I have taught hundreds of individuals and couples on their power boats over the last 15 years. Helping people to learn on boats is a great joy for me.
I have also been a regular speaker on navigation & boat handling topics yearly at the Seattle Boat Show, Trawlerfest, yacht clubs, and other groups throughout the Pacific Northwest. Having cruised the Pacific Northwest's 'Inside Passage' for 27 years - on both sail and power boats - (including nine cruises to Southeast Alaska on our 45’ trawler) has given me real hands-on experience.