Weekend Navigator 2021 has been sold out. Next class will be in 2022.
Weekend Navigator is an interactive, Zoom-based course that is designed to teach you how to navigate safely, primarily by using today's technology. You will use the popular "Navionics" mobile app on your tablet (best) or smartphone as an active learning tool. We'll start with basics like: latitude/longitude, what the colors & symbols on the charts/maps mean, the use of SOG & COG, etc. You will practice electronic charting - including the all-important creation of routes - on the app. The app can then serve as a back-up to your boat's marine chartplotter (GPS).
Then we move to topics, such as: Rules of the Road, Depth Sounder; Autopilot; AIS; Marine Weather Forecasts; How to Use Your Radar; Understanding how the Tides and Currents of the Pacific NW affect your trip planning, as well as where to find the data. Join us.
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.