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Basic Navigation and Boat Handling

Dec 7, 2023

Basic Navigation and Boat Handling – Part 1

This course teaches basic navigation skills (using a compass, reading and interpreting nautical charts, understanding the navigation aids – buoy system, and exploring the basic features and use of Electronic Navigation devices), legal responsibilities and safety measures, selecting and using lines and knots, anchoring, docking, understanding the impact of weather on boater safety, electrical hazards, collision avoidance rules, tides and currents, and other related topics.

Suggested Prerequisite: Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)

Basic Navigation and Boat Handling – Part 2

This course continues the navigation theme by focusing on using the capabilities of chartplotters, tablets and smartphones as well as the manual navigation skills needed to locate a position (i.e., identify latitude and longitude coordinates), set direction and measure distance). This course includes practice cruises using your Electronic Navigation device and manual navigation skills. Each part includes course material, instructional video, knowledge checks – skill testing quizzes and exercises, and links to valuable resources.
Suggested Prerequisite: Basic Navigation and Boat Handling – Part 1

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