Windworks Sailing Center Navigation & Piloting
|The goal of this course is to have students successfully navigating the Puget Sound for multi-day, daytime sailing only, cruises away from the local waters of the WINDWORKS base and Shilshole Bay. A common sense/local knowledge approach is applied to basic navigation and piloting concepts, including: Determining your position; aids to navigation; sight navigation; course to steer; soundings; tides; currents; tide tables; trip planning and more. The course is specific to the Puget Sound, using local Maptech chartkit and local examples for navigation problem solving. This course includes high quality equipment for the student to keep - including Weems and Plath roller plotter, dividers, the Maptech waterproof chartbook of Puget Sound, 2nd edition, NOAA chart #1, and the N & P workbook. The course includes a total of 12 hours of instruction and is divided into 4 modules, N&P 1, N&P 2, N&P 3, and N&P 4. Each module is 3 hours long.|
Navigation & Piloting Requirements & Standards
Navigation and Piloting graduate will have successfully demonstrated the ability to
calculate vessel position using dead reckoning techniques. Graduate will be able to
successfully calculate course to steer, low and high tides at any time, water depth,
bridge clearances, and trip planning. In addition, graduate will be able to demonstrate
understanding of aids to navigation, and charter reading.
Skills & Knowledge
Demonstrate, via written examination,
ability to determine vessel position using dead reckoning techniques, course to steer,
Line of Position (LOP), and aids to navigation.