Dana Point Yacht Club is hosting a series of boater education classes presented by the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Photo: Alex Paris
Dana Point Yacht Club is hosting a series of boater education classes presented by the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Photo: Alex Paris

Dana Point Times

coast guard auxiliary logoDana Point Yacht Club is hosting a series of classes for boaters presented by Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 68 through the summer and fall. Class offerings are open to the public. The schedule is as follows:

Boating Skills & Seamanship: Aug. 5-Sept. 2, (5 Weeks), 7 p.m.-9 p.m., $60
This is a comprehensive course designed for both the experienced and the novice boater. The course, now in its 14th edition published in 2013, consists of six core required chapters plus an additional chapter on Inland Boating, which is to be included where appropriate. There are also six additional chapters on various subjects that may be chosen depending on local demands. Completion of the five-week series and passing grade on the final exam qualifies students to reduced boating insurance rates.

Basic Coastal Navigation: Sept. 9-Oct. 28, (7 Weeks), 7 p.m.-9 p.m., $60
The basics of coastal navigation designed to acquaint you with the tools and skills required to be successful—great for novices or a refresher course for experienced (rusty) sailors. Consisting of navigation theory, plotting and course determination, dead reckoning, (time/speed/distance), compass use, deviation, error and adjustment, bearings, fixes and running fixes, tides and tidal current calculation, set and drift. This course has a strong emphasis on practical skills and students should expect some homework.

GPS for Mariners: Nov. 4-Nov. 18, (3 Weeks), 7 p.m.-9 p.m., $35
This practical hands-on class will enable boaters to get the most from their nautical navigation GPS. Learn how to use the menus and functions to determine position, set waypoints, plot a course, determine speed and heading, correlate to a chart and more.

All classes are held at the Dana Point Yacht Club, 24399 Dana Drive at the Dana Point Harbor. Cost includes course books and materials. DPYC members pay only for course materials.

To register, or for more information send an email to johnrlinder@cox.net or call John Linder at 949.697.7125 or Garry Nelson at 714.234.0731.

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