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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Boating Education Calendar

Event Name

Date

Using VHF & VHF/DSC Marine Radio

Get familiar with your boat's VHF marine radio in just two hours. Experienced instructors teach you how to use VHF radio like a pro, including the new Digital Selective Calling (DSC) rescue feature. You'll also get tips on purchasing and installing VHF to get the most out of your investment. A handy waterproof McGraw-Hill Captain's QuickGuide Using VHF is included with essential information that you should have aboard. This QuickGuide explains to anyone on your crew how to use the radio, a real benefit if you’re unable to help in an emergency. What's Included? • How VHF radios work and their controls • Using the correct channels • Using correct procedures and terminology • Advanced methods of communication • How Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipped radios work and their controls • Practice DSC calls using the included DSC simulator on CD Instructor: Al Pepe, N Time and Date: 9:00, September 2, 2017 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $45 for members; $55 for non-members To register contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (631.456.9134)
Saturday, September 02, 2017 9:00 - 11:00
This event does not repeat

Marine Communication Systems (ME 102)

Marine Communication Systems (ME 102)) is an in-depth, nine chapter review of communications systems available to the recreational boater. Radio history and spectrum definitions are presented along with definitions of radio circuits that the student should learn, to choose the best communications method for his/her situation. One chapter is devoted to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and another to FCC Rules and regulations. The remaining chapters cover High Seas radio (MF/HF and satellite communications) and other systems such as Family Radio Service transceivers. There is also a chapter on troubleshooting of radio installation. Instructor: TBD Time and Dates: 6-8:00, September 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, and 28 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center 70 Shelter Cove Ln., Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $65 To register: Peter Dion at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thursday, September 07, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Every Week until September 29, 2017

Marine Communication Systems (ME 102)

Marine Communication Systems (MCS) is an in-depth, nine chapter review of communications systems available to the recreational boater. Radio history and spectrum definitions are presented along with definitions of radio circuits that the student should learn, to choose the best communications method for his/her situation. One chapter is devoted to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and another to FCC Rules and regulations. The remaining chapters cover High Seas radio (MF/HF and satellite communications) and other systems such as Family Radio Service transceivers. There is also a chapter on troubleshooting of radio installation. Lead Instructors: TBD Time and Dates: 6:00–8:00 September 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, and 28 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $70 To Register Contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 631.456.9134
Monday, September 11, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Every Week until September 26, 2017

Junior Navigation

What happens when your GPS fails? Have fun and satisfy your curiosity about boating in the days before electronics in the Junior Navigation course. Learn to use a marine sextant to take sights on celestial objects such as the sun. Even if you are not traveling long distances off shore, remember that GPS is not infallible, nor always available. Be confident when no aids to navigation or land objects are in sight. In Junior Navigation, you will continue to use GPS as the primary position sensor as you learned in Piloting and Advanced Piloting, but with celestial navigation as your backup technique. Because terrestrial landmarks are no longer visible to the offshore navigator, you will learn to use a marine sextant and the sun as your reference point, derive a line of position, and develop a running fix. You will also learn to calculate your latitude from a noon sight on the sun. What's Included? • Determining precise time • Using the Nautical Almanac • Taking sextant sights of the sun • Reducing sights to establish lines of position • Determining latitude from a noon sight • Using special charts and plotting sheets for offshore navigation • Setting offshore navigational routines for recreational craft This interesting and challenging course emphasizes the practical aspects of daytime celestial navigation. You will also learn to prepare a sight folder that documents your positioning skills using sights taken on the sun. The course will take approximately 14 weeks to complete and you will have two additional weeks to complete an open book exam. This course starts September 11 and will be tailored around the requests of the participants.
Monday, September 11, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
This event does not repeat

Marine Communication Systems (ME 102)

Marine Communication Systems (ME 102)) is an in-depth, nine chapter review of communications systems available to the recreational boater. Radio history and spectrum definitions are presented along with definitions of radio circuits that the student should learn, to choose the best communications method for his/her situation. One chapter is devoted to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and another to FCC Rules and regulations. The remaining chapters cover High Seas radio (MF/HF and satellite communications) and other systems such as Family Radio Service transceivers. There is also a chapter on troubleshooting of radio installation. Instructor: TBD Time and Dates: 6-8:00, September 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, and 28 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center 70 Shelter Cove Ln., Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $65 To register: Peter Dion at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thursday, September 14, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Every Week until September 29, 2017

Advanced Power Boat Handling

When the weather deteriorates without warning, rest easy knowing you can handle your boat under adverse conditions. You'll learn techniques to handle your boat based on hull type, boat trim and wave types. Discover how to recover from grounding and how to dock in challenging conditions. You’ll understand what the “old timers” and professionals have learned the hard way. This seminar gets you there faster, and with confidence. Then, on the water you can visualize your actions and execute them easily. The full-color book Powerboat Handling Illustrated is included as a reference. What's Included? • How boats move in close quarters • Departing the dock • Docking under challenging conditions • How your boat behaves in waves • Wave patterns and conditions • Trimming the boat • Handling waves • Dealing with severe waves • Handling running aground • Rounding a bend Instructor: TBD Time and Date: 9:00, September 16, 2017 Location: Hilton Head Boathouse Showroom, 1498 Fording Island Rd., Bluffton, SC 29910 Cost: $45 for members; $55 for non-members To register contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (631.456.9134)
Saturday, September 16, 2017 9:00 - 12:00
This event does not repeat

Marine Communication Systems (ME 102)

Marine Communication Systems (MCS) is an in-depth, nine chapter review of communications systems available to the recreational boater. Radio history and spectrum definitions are presented along with definitions of radio circuits that the student should learn, to choose the best communications method for his/her situation. One chapter is devoted to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and another to FCC Rules and regulations. The remaining chapters cover High Seas radio (MF/HF and satellite communications) and other systems such as Family Radio Service transceivers. There is also a chapter on troubleshooting of radio installation. Lead Instructors: TBD Time and Dates: 6:00–8:00 September 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, and 28 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $70 To Register Contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 631.456.9134
Monday, September 18, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Every Week until September 26, 2017

Marine Communication Systems (ME 102)

Marine Communication Systems (ME 102)) is an in-depth, nine chapter review of communications systems available to the recreational boater. Radio history and spectrum definitions are presented along with definitions of radio circuits that the student should learn, to choose the best communications method for his/her situation. One chapter is devoted to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and another to FCC Rules and regulations. The remaining chapters cover High Seas radio (MF/HF and satellite communications) and other systems such as Family Radio Service transceivers. There is also a chapter on troubleshooting of radio installation. Instructor: TBD Time and Dates: 6-8:00, September 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, and 28 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center 70 Shelter Cove Ln., Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $65 To register: Peter Dion at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thursday, September 21, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Every Week until September 29, 2017

Marine Communication Systems (ME 102)

Marine Communication Systems (MCS) is an in-depth, nine chapter review of communications systems available to the recreational boater. Radio history and spectrum definitions are presented along with definitions of radio circuits that the student should learn, to choose the best communications method for his/her situation. One chapter is devoted to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and another to FCC Rules and regulations. The remaining chapters cover High Seas radio (MF/HF and satellite communications) and other systems such as Family Radio Service transceivers. There is also a chapter on troubleshooting of radio installation. Lead Instructors: TBD Time and Dates: 6:00–8:00 September 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, and 28 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $70 To Register Contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 631.456.9134
Monday, September 25, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Every Week until September 26, 2017

Marine Communication Systems (ME 102)

Marine Communication Systems (ME 102)) is an in-depth, nine chapter review of communications systems available to the recreational boater. Radio history and spectrum definitions are presented along with definitions of radio circuits that the student should learn, to choose the best communications method for his/her situation. One chapter is devoted to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and another to FCC Rules and regulations. The remaining chapters cover High Seas radio (MF/HF and satellite communications) and other systems such as Family Radio Service transceivers. There is also a chapter on troubleshooting of radio installation. Instructor: TBD Time and Dates: 6-8:00, September 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, and 28 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center 70 Shelter Cove Ln., Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $65 To register: Peter Dion at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thursday, September 28, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Every Week until September 29, 2017

Using GPS

GPS can get you where you need to go, but did you know you can use it to steer your boat accurately? Enhance your boating experience by getting the most out of today's feature-packed GPS devices. Certified instructor, Mark Larson, P of our Hilton Head Sail & Power Squadron will team up with Garmin Regional Training Representative, Dowe Thornton to conduct this USPS Seminar. Learn how to store and use waypoints, build and execute routes, and monitor steering. You can also get tips on connecting your GPS to your VHF marine radio, which opens up a new world of digital hailing and distress signaling. The seminar materials include a copy of the waterproof McGraw-Hill Captain’s QuickGuide Using GPS to take aboard to remind you of the steps. In addition, Dowe will demonstrate the Garmin GPSMAP 7616 chart plotter with the 16-inch multi-touch widescreen display that has a 10 Hz internal GPS that updates position and heading 10 times per second. This unit is designed for cruisers and sailors who demand high performance, ease of operation, and feature integration. What's Included? • What GPS does • Waypoint navigation • How to operate your GPS • What the buttons do • What the screens show • How to use the key functions • How to navigate safe course • Tips on choosing a GPS that’s best for you Lead Instructor: Mark Larson, P (Certified HHSPS Instructor) Time and Date: 9:00 – 11:00, October 7, 2017 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $45 members; $55 non-members To Register Contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (631.456.9134)
Saturday, October 07, 2017 9:00 - 11:00
This event does not repeat

Piloting

Piloting is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning. Ten classes of two hours each normally are scheduled for presentation of this course. In addition, the students have seven days to complete the open book exam. Topics covered include: • Charts and their interpretation • Navigation aids and how they point to safe water • Plotting courses and determining direction and distance • The mariner’s compass and converting between True and Magnetic • Use of GPS – typical GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS route. • Pre-planning safe courses and entering them into the GPS • Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning • The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course. Lead Instructor: TBD Time and dates: 6-8:00 October 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30, and November 2, 6, and 9 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $75 (Includes 2 books) To register contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (631.456.9134)
Monday, October 09, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Every Week until October 31, 2017

Piloting

Piloting is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning. Ten classes of two hours each normally are scheduled for presentation of this course. In addition, the students have seven days to complete the open book exam. Topics covered include: • Charts and their interpretation • Navigation aids and how they point to safe water • Plotting courses and determining direction and distance • The mariner’s compass and converting between True and Magnetic • Use of GPS – typical GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS route. • Pre-planning safe courses and entering them into the GPS • Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning • The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course. Lead Instructor: TBD Time and dates: 6-8:00 October 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30, and November 2, 6, and 9 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $75 (Includes 2 books) To register contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (631.456.9134)
Thursday, October 12, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Every Week until October 27, 2017

America's Boating Course

America's Boating Course is our primary civic effort toward public instruction in the fundamentals of safe boating. This 8-10 hour course given during two classes is designed to familiarize the student with the fundamentals of safe boating and qualify for certification in most states that require boating education before operating a watercraft. These two classes cover the basics needed to operate a boat safely. America's Boating Course gives you the knowledge to decide what type and size boat you need, what to do when meeting another boat in a crowded waterway, and how to recognize and handle hazards. Become a more competent boater, learn from the best, take America's Boating Course today! Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete America's Boating Course. And, this beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certificate in many states. What’s included? • Types of boats and their uses • Boating laws, both local and national • Safety equipment, both required and recommended • Finding your way, and adverse conditions • Communications • Trailering, knots and lines, and water sports topics • Optional On-The-Water activity on October 29. Lead Instructor: Certified HHSPS Instructors Dates and times: (Part 1) October 14, 8:00-2:00 and, (Part 2) October 21 8:00-1:00 Location: Country Club of Hilton Head, 70 Skull Creek Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 Cost: $75 To register contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (631.456.9134)
Saturday, October 14, 2017 8:00 - 13:00
Every Week until October 22, 2017

Piloting

Piloting is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning. Ten classes of two hours each normally are scheduled for presentation of this course. In addition, the students have seven days to complete the open book exam. Topics covered include: • Charts and their interpretation • Navigation aids and how they point to safe water • Plotting courses and determining direction and distance • The mariner’s compass and converting between True and Magnetic • Use of GPS – typical GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS route. • Pre-planning safe courses and entering them into the GPS • Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning • The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course. Lead Instructor: TBD Time and dates: 6-8:00 October 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30, and November 2, 6, and 9 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $75 (Includes 2 books) To register contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (631.456.9134)
Monday, October 16, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Every Week until October 31, 2017

Piloting

Piloting is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning. Ten classes of two hours each normally are scheduled for presentation of this course. In addition, the students have seven days to complete the open book exam. Topics covered include: • Charts and their interpretation • Navigation aids and how they point to safe water • Plotting courses and determining direction and distance • The mariner’s compass and converting between True and Magnetic • Use of GPS – typical GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS route. • Pre-planning safe courses and entering them into the GPS • Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning • The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course. Lead Instructor: TBD Time and dates: 6-8:00 October 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30, and November 2, 6, and 9 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $75 (Includes 2 books) To register contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (631.456.9134)
Thursday, October 19, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Every Week until October 27, 2017

America's Boating Course

America's Boating Course is our primary civic effort toward public instruction in the fundamentals of safe boating. This 8-10 hour course given during two classes is designed to familiarize the student with the fundamentals of safe boating and qualify for certification in most states that require boating education before operating a watercraft. These two classes cover the basics needed to operate a boat safely. America's Boating Course gives you the knowledge to decide what type and size boat you need, what to do when meeting another boat in a crowded waterway, and how to recognize and handle hazards. Become a more competent boater, learn from the best, take America's Boating Course today! Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete America's Boating Course. And, this beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certificate in many states. What’s included? • Types of boats and their uses • Boating laws, both local and national • Safety equipment, both required and recommended • Finding your way, and adverse conditions • Communications • Trailering, knots and lines, and water sports topics • Optional On-The-Water activity on October 29. Lead Instructor: Certified HHSPS Instructors Dates and times: (Part 1) October 14, 8:00-2:00 and, (Part 2) October 21 8:00-1:00 Location: Country Club of Hilton Head, 70 Skull Creek Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 Cost: $75 To register contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (631.456.9134)
Saturday, October 21, 2017 8:00 - 13:00
Every Week until October 22, 2017

Piloting

Piloting is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning. Ten classes of two hours each normally are scheduled for presentation of this course. In addition, the students have seven days to complete the open book exam. Topics covered include: • Charts and their interpretation • Navigation aids and how they point to safe water • Plotting courses and determining direction and distance • The mariner’s compass and converting between True and Magnetic • Use of GPS – typical GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS route. • Pre-planning safe courses and entering them into the GPS • Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning • The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course. Lead Instructor: TBD Time and dates: 6-8:00 October 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30, and November 2, 6, and 9 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $75 (Includes 2 books) To register contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (631.456.9134)
Monday, October 23, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Every Week until October 31, 2017

Piloting

Piloting is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning. Ten classes of two hours each normally are scheduled for presentation of this course. In addition, the students have seven days to complete the open book exam. Topics covered include: • Charts and their interpretation • Navigation aids and how they point to safe water • Plotting courses and determining direction and distance • The mariner’s compass and converting between True and Magnetic • Use of GPS – typical GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS route. • Pre-planning safe courses and entering them into the GPS • Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning • The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course. Lead Instructor: TBD Time and dates: 6-8:00 October 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30, and November 2, 6, and 9 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $75 (Includes 2 books) To register contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (631.456.9134)
Thursday, October 26, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Every Week until October 27, 2017

Piloting

Piloting is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning. Ten classes of two hours each normally are scheduled for presentation of this course. In addition, the students have seven days to complete the open book exam. Topics covered include: • Charts and their interpretation • Navigation aids and how they point to safe water • Plotting courses and determining direction and distance • The mariner’s compass and converting between True and Magnetic • Use of GPS – typical GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS route. • Pre-planning safe courses and entering them into the GPS • Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning • The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course. Lead Instructor: TBD Time and dates: 6-8:00 October 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30, and November 2, 6, and 9 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $75 (Includes 2 books) To register contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (631.456.9134)
Monday, October 30, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Every Week until October 31, 2017

Piloting

Piloting is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning. Ten classes of two hours each normally are scheduled for presentation of this course. In addition, the students have seven days to complete the open book exam. Topics covered include: • Charts and their interpretation • Navigation aids and how they point to safe water • Plotting courses and determining direction and distance • The mariner’s compass and converting between True and Magnetic • Use of GPS – typical GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS route. • Pre-planning safe courses and entering them into the GPS • Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning • The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course. Lead Instructor: TBD Time and dates: 6-8:00 October 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30, and November 2, 6, and 9 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $75 (Includes 2 books) To register contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (631.456.9134)
Thursday, November 02, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Every Week until November 10, 2017

Piloting

Piloting is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning. Ten classes of two hours each normally are scheduled for presentation of this course. In addition, the students have seven days to complete the open book exam. Topics covered include: • Charts and their interpretation • Navigation aids and how they point to safe water • Plotting courses and determining direction and distance • The mariner’s compass and converting between True and Magnetic • Use of GPS – typical GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS route. • Pre-planning safe courses and entering them into the GPS • Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning • The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course. Lead Instructor: TBD Time and dates: 6-8:00 October 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30, and November 2, 6, and 9 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $75 (Includes 2 books) To register contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (631.456.9134)
Monday, November 06, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
This event does not repeat

Piloting

Piloting is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning. Ten classes of two hours each normally are scheduled for presentation of this course. In addition, the students have seven days to complete the open book exam. Topics covered include: • Charts and their interpretation • Navigation aids and how they point to safe water • Plotting courses and determining direction and distance • The mariner’s compass and converting between True and Magnetic • Use of GPS – typical GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS route. • Pre-planning safe courses and entering them into the GPS • Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning • The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course. Lead Instructor: TBD Time and dates: 6-8:00 October 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30, and November 2, 6, and 9 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $75 (Includes 2 books) To register contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (631.456.9134)
Thursday, November 09, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Every Week until November 10, 2017

Seamanship

The Seamanship course is the next step after completing America’s Boating Course, taking the knowledge and skills learned there and expanding and extending them in this course. The Student Manual Kit includes the text, a knot practice board, and the One Minute Guide to the Nautical Rules of the Road. Seamanship provides a foundation of knowledge and skills in boat handling and maneuvering, boat operation, skipper's responsibilities, and boating techniques that will advance your boating enjoyment. Topics covered include: • Types of boats and how they behave on the water • Anchoring in various conditions • Docking and line handling • Close quarter maneuvering • Rules of the road • Communication with other boats • How to respond to various emergencies • Marlinespike/basic knots • And other interesting topics This course is normally completed in 8 two-hour sessions: six sessions of study, one session of review and one session for the exam. Lead Instructor: Certified HHSPS Instructors Time and Dates: November 13, 16, 20, 27, and 30 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $75 To register contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 631.456.9134
Monday, November 13, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Every Week until November 28, 2017

Seamanship

The Seamanship course is the next step after completing America’s Boating Course, taking the knowledge and skills learned there and expanding and extending them in this course. The Student Manual Kit includes the text, a knot practice board, and the One Minute Guide to the Nautical Rules of the Road. Seamanship provides a foundation of knowledge and skills in boat handling and maneuvering, boat operation, skipper's responsibilities, and boating techniques that will advance your boating enjoyment. Topics covered include: • Types of boats and how they behave on the water • Anchoring in various conditions • Docking and line handling • Close quarter maneuvering • Rules of the road • Communication with other boats • How to respond to various emergencies • Marlinespike/basic knots • And other interesting topics This course is normally completed in 8 two-hour sessions: six sessions of study, one session of review and one session for the exam. Lead Instructor: Certified HHSPS Instructors Time and Dates: November 13, 16, 20, 27, and 30 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $75 To register contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 631.456.9134
Thursday, November 16, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
Every 2 Weeks until November 24, 2017

Seamanship

The Seamanship course is the next step after completing America’s Boating Course, taking the knowledge and skills learned there and expanding and extending them in this course. The Student Manual Kit includes the text, a knot practice board, and the One Minute Guide to the Nautical Rules of the Road. Seamanship provides a foundation of knowledge and skills in boat handling and maneuvering, boat operation, skipper's responsibilities, and boating techniques that will advance your boating enjoyment. Topics covered include: • Types of boats and how they behave on the water • Anchoring in various conditions • Docking and line handling • Close quarter maneuvering • Rules of the road • Communication with other boats • How to respond to various emergencies • Marlinespike/basic knots • And other interesting topics This course is normally completed in 8 two-hour sessions: six sessions of study, one session of review and one session for the exam. Lead Instructor: Certified HHSPS Instructors Time and Dates: November 13, 16, 20, 27, and 30 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $75 To register contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 631.456.9134
Monday, November 20, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Every Week until November 28, 2017

Seamanship

The Seamanship course is the next step after completing America’s Boating Course, taking the knowledge and skills learned there and expanding and extending them in this course. The Student Manual Kit includes the text, a knot practice board, and the One Minute Guide to the Nautical Rules of the Road. Seamanship provides a foundation of knowledge and skills in boat handling and maneuvering, boat operation, skipper's responsibilities, and boating techniques that will advance your boating enjoyment. Topics covered include: • Types of boats and how they behave on the water • Anchoring in various conditions • Docking and line handling • Close quarter maneuvering • Rules of the road • Communication with other boats • How to respond to various emergencies • Marlinespike/basic knots • And other interesting topics This course is normally completed in 8 two-hour sessions: six sessions of study, one session of review and one session for the exam. Lead Instructor: Certified HHSPS Instructors Time and Dates: November 13, 16, 20, 27, and 30 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $75 To register contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 631.456.9134
Monday, November 27, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Every Week until November 28, 2017

Seamanship

The Seamanship course is the next step after completing America’s Boating Course, taking the knowledge and skills learned there and expanding and extending them in this course. The Student Manual Kit includes the text, a knot practice board, and the One Minute Guide to the Nautical Rules of the Road. Seamanship provides a foundation of knowledge and skills in boat handling and maneuvering, boat operation, skipper's responsibilities, and boating techniques that will advance your boating enjoyment. Topics covered include: • Types of boats and how they behave on the water • Anchoring in various conditions • Docking and line handling • Close quarter maneuvering • Rules of the road • Communication with other boats • How to respond to various emergencies • Marlinespike/basic knots • And other interesting topics This course is normally completed in 8 two-hour sessions: six sessions of study, one session of review and one session for the exam. Lead Instructor: Certified HHSPS Instructors Time and Dates: November 13, 16, 20, 27, and 30 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $75 To register contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 631.456.9134
Thursday, November 30, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
Every 2 Weeks until November 24, 2017

How to Use a chart

Whether you're planning a cruise, going fishing, or traveling to a local marina, knowing how to read and use nautical charts is essential to safe boating. Charts include must-have information, including bottom contours, hazards, and aids to navigation, to help you travel safely. Each student receives a waterproof flip-fold Chart Symbols and On-the-Water Guide to take along on the boat with you, as well as a Student Guide for the seminar. What's Included? • What charts show navigators above the water • Chart features • Chart scales • What charts show navigators below the water • Aids to navigation • Latitude and longitude • Planning your course • What’s in your way. Lead Instructor: TBD Time and Date: 9:00, December 2, 2017 Location: Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Cost: $45 for members; $55 for non-members To register contact: Peter Dion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (631.456.9134)
Saturday, December 02, 2017 9:00 - 11:00
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