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PILOTING COURSE, Hosted by the Westchester Sail and Power Squadron

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.


Date: Tuesday March 19, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: New Rochelle Marina (2nd floor classroom)
22 Pelham Road, New Rochelle NY

Registration: By phone/email

(Class meets on Tuesdays for 9 two-hour SESSIONS. Student materials include manual, dividers, plotter, Coastal Explorer Chart Plotting software on CD-ROM )

Members USPS: $75

General Public: $150.00

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  • AlanCIYC

    Very good class. Highly recommended.

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok, so it wouldnt be a good idea to do this yet!

    March 15, 2013

  • Andy P.

    Louise,
    We do recommend that you take the USPS "America's Boating Class" (ABC) before you take the Piloting class. We offer the ABC class many times each year and we announce it on meetup.

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also, is it ok that I'm a complete novice?!

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    To register do you have to call/email before attending or is a yes here enough??

    March 15, 2013

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