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Currently Scheduled Courses

Advanced Grade

Junior Navigation
Starts: Mon 04 Feb 2019 @ 1900 EST
19 sessions, 2 hours 30 mins each
Members: $125, Non-members: $175
Location: Map

St Joseph Mercy Oakland — Education Center
44555 Woodward Avenue
Pontiac, MI 48341

This course is no longer accepting online registrations.

This is the first in a two-part program of study in offshore (open coast) navigation. In Junior Navigation, students will continue to use GPS as the primary position sensor. However, the offshore environment poses many different elements for consideration by the Navigator. Ocean currents, wind, and sea state all affect a vessel's performance over the longer passages.

In the Junior Navigation course, students will learn to use celestial objects such as the sun as reference points. The course begins with the study of celestial navigation, teaching the student to take sights on the sun with a marine sextant and derive a line of position from that observation.


The course will be in the Baber room.

No session will be held on Feb 11 or 18.

Instructors:

P/C Althea Doolittle, SN
Phil Doolittle, SN

Prerequisite course:

Advanced Piloting

Park in the southeast visitor parking lot.

Go in the single sliding door labeled “Entrance,” then walk through to the lobby. Immediately as you reach the lobby, go down the stairs with the glass railing on your left.


Piloting
Starts: Sat 23 Mar 2019 @ 0900 EDT
3 sessions, 5 hours each
Members: $75, Non-members: $125
Location: Map

Great Lakes Yacht Club
23900 Jefferson Ave
St Clair Shores, MI 48080

Piloting is the second of the Advanced Level courses and is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. It is required for the Boat Operator's Certificate at the Coastal Navigation level. It introduces OpenCap’n, Marine Navigation software.

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 GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.

Topics include:
  • Charts & Their Interpretation
  • Navigational Aids
  • Plotting Courses and Determining Direction and Distance
  • Using a Compass
  • Converting between True and Magnetic
  • Using GPS
  • Preplanning Safe Courses
  • Monitoring progress and determining position on the water
  • Traditional Techniques such as Bearings and Dead Reckoning
Instructor:

P/C Tom Smith, SN


Junior Navigation

This course is no longer accepting online registrations.

Starts: Mon 04 Feb 2019 @ 1900 EST
19 sessions, 2 hours 30 mins each
Members: $125, Non-members: $175

St Joseph Mercy Oakland — Education Center
44555 Woodward Avenue
Pontiac, MI 48341

Park in the southeast visitor parking lot.

Go in the single sliding door labeled “Entrance,” then walk through to the lobby. Immediately as you reach the lobby, go down the stairs with the glass railing on your left.

This is the first in a two-part program of study in offshore (open coast) navigation. In Junior Navigation, students will continue to use GPS as the primary position sensor. However, the offshore environment poses many different elements for consideration by the Navigator. Ocean currents, wind, and sea state all affect a vessel's performance over the longer passages.

In the Junior Navigation course, students will learn to use celestial objects such as the sun as reference points. The course begins with the study of celestial navigation, teaching the student to take sights on the sun with a marine sextant and derive a line of position from that observation.


The course will be in the Baber room.

No session will be held on Feb 11 or 18.

Instructors:

P/C Althea Doolittle, SN
Phil Doolittle, SN

Prerequisite course:

Advanced Piloting

This course is no longer accepting online registrations.


Piloting
Starts: Sat 23 Mar 2019 @ 0900 EDT
3 sessions, 5 hours each
Members: $75, Non-members: $125

Great Lakes Yacht Club
23900 Jefferson Ave
St Clair Shores, MI 48080

Piloting is the second of the Advanced Level courses and is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. It is required for the Boat Operator's Certificate at the Coastal Navigation level. It introduces OpenCap’n, Marine Navigation software.

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 GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.

Topics include:
  • Charts & Their Interpretation
  • Navigational Aids
  • Plotting Courses and Determining Direction and Distance
  • Using a Compass
  • Converting between True and Magnetic
  • Using GPS
  • Preplanning Safe Courses
  • Monitoring progress and determining position on the water
  • Traditional Techniques such as Bearings and Dead Reckoning
Instructor:

P/C Tom Smith, SN

Elective

Marine Communication Systems
Starts: Wed 27 Feb 2019 @ 1900 EST
7 sessions, 2 hours each
Members: $75, Non-members: $100
Location: Map

Bloomfield Hills City Hall
45 E Long Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Marine Communications Systems is an in-depth review of those 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.

Topics include:
  • Radio History and Frequency Spectrum
  • Definitions of Radio Circuits
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems (GMDSS)
  • FCC Rules and Regulations
  • High Seas Radio (MF / HF and Satellite Communications)
  • Troubleshooting of Radio Systems
  • Radio installations
Instructor:

P/C Robert Blau, SN


Marine Communication Systems
Starts: Wed 27 Feb 2019 @ 1900 EST
7 sessions, 2 hours each
Members: $75, Non-members: $100

Bloomfield Hills City Hall
45 E Long Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Marine Communications Systems is an in-depth review of those 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.

Topics include:
  • Radio History and Frequency Spectrum
  • Definitions of Radio Circuits
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems (GMDSS)
  • FCC Rules and Regulations
  • High Seas Radio (MF / HF and Satellite Communications)
  • Troubleshooting of Radio Systems
  • Radio installations
Instructor:

P/C Robert Blau, SN