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America's Boating Course
Starts: Thu 06 Feb 2020 @ 1900 EST
7 sessions, 2 hours 30 mins each
Members: $15, Non-members: $20
Location: Map

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

America's Boating Course provides you with basic boating 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.

Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete America's Boating Course. This course also provides a sound basis for continuing your recreational boating education.


There will be no class on February 27.

Topics include:
  • Introduction to electronic navigation using paper charts and chartplotters
  • Trailering, knots and lines, and water sports
  • Communications
  • Dealing with adverse conditions
  • Finding your way
  • Safety equipment – required and recommended
  • Boating laws – federal and state
  • Types of boats and their uses

America's Boating Course
Starts: Wed 13 May 2020 @ 1900 EDT
6 sessions, 2 hours 30 mins each
Members: $15, Non-members: $20
Location: Map

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

America's Boating Course provides you with basic boating 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.

Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete America's Boating Course. This course also provides a sound basis for continuing your recreational boating education.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.

Topics include:
  • Types of boats and their uses
  • Boating laws – federal and state
  • Safety equipment – required and recommended
  • Finding your way
  • Dealing with adverse conditions
  • Communications
  • Trailering, knots and lines, and water sports
  • Introduction to electronic navigation using paper charts and chartplotters
Instructor:

Cdr Tom Geggie, SN


America's Boating Course
Starts: Thu 06 Feb 2020 @ 1900 EST
7 sessions, 2 hours 30 mins each
Members: $15, Non-members: $20

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

America's Boating Course provides you with basic boating 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.

Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete America's Boating Course. This course also provides a sound basis for continuing your recreational boating education.


There will be no class on February 27.

Topics include:
  • Introduction to electronic navigation using paper charts and chartplotters
  • Trailering, knots and lines, and water sports
  • Communications
  • Dealing with adverse conditions
  • Finding your way
  • Safety equipment – required and recommended
  • Boating laws – federal and state
  • Types of boats and their uses

America's Boating Course
Starts: Wed 13 May 2020 @ 1900 EDT
6 sessions, 2 hours 30 mins each
Members: $15, Non-members: $20

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

America's Boating Course provides you with basic boating 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.

Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete America's Boating Course. This course also provides a sound basis for continuing your recreational boating education.

As a courtesy, GLYC members receive our member rate.

Topics include:
  • Types of boats and their uses
  • Boating laws – federal and state
  • Safety equipment – required and recommended
  • Finding your way
  • Dealing with adverse conditions
  • Communications
  • Trailering, knots and lines, and water sports
  • Introduction to electronic navigation using paper charts and chartplotters
Instructor:

Cdr Tom Geggie, SN

Advanced Grade

Navigation
Starts: Mon 03 Feb 2020 @ 1900 EST
17 sessions, 2 hours 30 mins each
Members: $175, Non-members: $225
Location: Map

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

After Junior Navigation, this course is the second part of the study of offshore navigation, further developing the student's understanding of celestial navigation theory.

This course deals with learning celestial positioning using other bodies, in addition to positioning using the sun (covered in the Junior Navigation course). This course also deals with electronic software tools that can be used to plan and execute an offshore voyage. You will first learn to reduce these sights by the Law of Cosines method. Later in the course, you will learn an additional method of sight reduction, the Nautical Almanac Sight Reduction (NASR) method. You will also learn about sight planning techniques. With that knowledge, you will have the tools to take sights and complete your Navigation Sight Folder.

The course includes a chapter on using a software-based voyage planning tool and a navigation program. The final chapter of the course contains a Practice Cruise that ties the separate elements of the course together.


The class will be in the Gagliardi room.


There will be no class on Feb 17 or Feb 24.

Topics include:
  • Overview of the celestial bodies in the sky
  • Find local mean time of solar and lunar phenomena and convert to zone time
  • Taking sights and finding observed altitude, local hour, angle and declination
  • Sight Reduction and Plotting by Law of Cosines
  • Sight Reduction and Plotting by the Nautical Almanac
  • Sight Reduction Method Sight Planning
  • Emergency Navigation
  • Electronics and Software for Offshore Navigation
  • Plan an offshore voyage using both electronic and celestial positioning
Student requirements:

Students will need possession of a computer running Windows with the ability to download Navigation software.

Instructors:

Phil Doolittle, SN
P/C Althea Doolittle, SN

Prerequisite course:

Junior Navigation

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.


Navigation
Starts: Mon 03 Feb 2020 @ 1900 EST
17 sessions, 2 hours 30 mins each
Members: $175, Non-members: $225

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.

After Junior Navigation, this course is the second part of the study of offshore navigation, further developing the student's understanding of celestial navigation theory.

This course deals with learning celestial positioning using other bodies, in addition to positioning using the sun (covered in the Junior Navigation course). This course also deals with electronic software tools that can be used to plan and execute an offshore voyage. You will first learn to reduce these sights by the Law of Cosines method. Later in the course, you will learn an additional method of sight reduction, the Nautical Almanac Sight Reduction (NASR) method. You will also learn about sight planning techniques. With that knowledge, you will have the tools to take sights and complete your Navigation Sight Folder.

The course includes a chapter on using a software-based voyage planning tool and a navigation program. The final chapter of the course contains a Practice Cruise that ties the separate elements of the course together.


The class will be in the Gagliardi room.


There will be no class on Feb 17 or Feb 24.

Topics include:
  • Overview of the celestial bodies in the sky
  • Find local mean time of solar and lunar phenomena and convert to zone time
  • Taking sights and finding observed altitude, local hour, angle and declination
  • Sight Reduction and Plotting by Law of Cosines
  • Sight Reduction and Plotting by the Nautical Almanac
  • Sight Reduction Method Sight Planning
  • Emergency Navigation
  • Electronics and Software for Offshore Navigation
  • Plan an offshore voyage using both electronic and celestial positioning
Student requirements:

Students will need possession of a computer running Windows with the ability to download Navigation software.

Instructors:

Phil Doolittle, SN
P/C Althea Doolittle, SN

Prerequisite course:

Junior Navigation

Elective

Sail
Starts: Wed 04 Mar 2020 @ 1900 EST
10 sessions, 2 hours 30 mins each
Members: $75, Non-members: $100
Location: Map

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

Learn about basic sailboat designs and nomenclature, rigging, and safety from experienced USPS sailors. Then tackle the physical aspects of sailing forces and techniques, sail applications, marlinespike, helmsmanship, and handling of difficult sailing conditions. This course will benefit non-sailors as well as novice and experienced sailors.


There will be no class on March 11.

Topics include:
  • Marlinespike
  • Helmsmanship
  • Handling of More Difficult Sailing Conditions
  • Navigation Rules
  • Introduction to Heavy Weather Sailing
  • Basic Sailboat Designs and Nomenclature
  • Rigging
  • Safety and Sail Processes
  • Physical Aspects of Sailing Forces and Techniques
  • Sail Applications
Instructor:

William W. Hamilton, SN


Cruising and Cruise Planning
Starts: Thu 09 Apr 2020 @ 1900 EDT
9 sessions, 2 hours each
Members: $75, Non-members: $100
Location: Map

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

Want to take a "road trip" on the water? Gain the confidence and practical skills needed to explore ports and coves for a weekend or weeks at a time. Take Cruising and Cruise Planning and join your fellow boaters for raft-ups and rendezvous up the river, down the bay, and along the coast.

Topics include:
  • Chartering
  • Cruise Preparation and Planning
  • Boat & Needed Equipment
  • Outside the United States
  • Crew Selection & Provisions
  • Voyage Management & Navigation
  • Weather & Emergencies
Instructors:

Cdr Tom Geggie, SN
Lt/C Shirley Geggie, AP


Sail
Starts: Wed 04 Mar 2020 @ 1900 EST
10 sessions, 2 hours 30 mins each
Members: $75, Non-members: $100

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

Learn about basic sailboat designs and nomenclature, rigging, and safety from experienced USPS sailors. Then tackle the physical aspects of sailing forces and techniques, sail applications, marlinespike, helmsmanship, and handling of difficult sailing conditions. This course will benefit non-sailors as well as novice and experienced sailors.


There will be no class on March 11.

Topics include:
  • Marlinespike
  • Helmsmanship
  • Handling of More Difficult Sailing Conditions
  • Navigation Rules
  • Introduction to Heavy Weather Sailing
  • Basic Sailboat Designs and Nomenclature
  • Rigging
  • Safety and Sail Processes
  • Physical Aspects of Sailing Forces and Techniques
  • Sail Applications
Instructor:

William W. Hamilton, SN


Cruising and Cruise Planning
Starts: Thu 09 Apr 2020 @ 1900 EDT
9 sessions, 2 hours each
Members: $75, Non-members: $100

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

Want to take a "road trip" on the water? Gain the confidence and practical skills needed to explore ports and coves for a weekend or weeks at a time. Take Cruising and Cruise Planning and join your fellow boaters for raft-ups and rendezvous up the river, down the bay, and along the coast.

Topics include:
  • Chartering
  • Cruise Preparation and Planning
  • Boat & Needed Equipment
  • Outside the United States
  • Crew Selection & Provisions
  • Voyage Management & Navigation
  • Weather & Emergencies
Instructors:

Cdr Tom Geggie, SN
Lt/C Shirley Geggie, AP