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HAWAII SAIL AND POWER SQUADRON
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Advanced Powerboat Handling
Advanced Powerboat HandlingIt takes years to become skilled at handling a power boat. How can you shorting that time? Take this seminar and it will help you get there faster. A three-part series: Close Quarter Maneuvering, How boats behave and Seas, and Handling at sea. This seminar shows how your boat will behave and why in response to your controls. You will understand what the pros have learned the hard way.
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Anchoring
AnchoringOur anchoring seminar covers how to select an anchor, rode and components and recovery of anchors. It also includes tables for sizing an anchor and components and how to determine loads under various conditions. This seminar includes the Anchoring Quick Guide and a student manual with the presentation slides.
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Basic Coastal Navigation
Basic Coastal NavigationThis seminar will give you a basic understanding of electronic navigation. You will learn practical techniques to plan navigate and check your progress on the water. Develop situational awareness skill using your eyes and navigation tools to quickly point to your position on a chart. Also be able to use back up techniques when electronics become suspect. Included with the seminar are The Weekend Navigator textbook, seminar booklet and navigation training CD.
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Basic Weather and Forecasting
Basic Weather and ForecastingThis seminar is a must for boaters who have never taken a weather course. The complex subject of weather is presented in a way that is understandable and useful. Learn about air masses and fronts, winds, storms, clouds and thunderstorms, fog and forecasting. Included in this seminar is a student guide and a waterproof McGraw-Hill's Captain's Quick guide - Onboard Weather Forecasting - designed for onboard use.
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Boat Handling Under Power
Boat Handling Under PowerThis seminar shows boaters how to depart and dock under a variety of conditions as well as all about trimming the boat underway. How to operate sail and power boats under power, close quarters maneuvering, handling, propulsion, types of steering, jet drive, steering in reverse, single and twin screw, docking and more. The seminar materials include a student's manual and a waterproof USPS Captain's Quick Guide.
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Boating on Rivers, Lock, and Lakes
Boating on river's locks and lakesThe United has some of the best waterways in the world and this seminar is an introduction to that inland cruising world. We will discuss special navigation rules for rivers, the western rivers system of buoys and marks, river currents, "reading" a river, jetties and wing dams, the intricacies of locking through, and communicating with lock masters and bridge tenders. Seminar includes a color student guide.
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How to Use A Chart
How to read a chartCharts provide information essential to your safety afloat. Even with GPS and electronic navigation, the chart is needed to tell what is around you between you and your intended destination. Learn chart details, longitude and latitude, how to lay out a safe course, measuring a course with plotters, rules of the road. Seminar includes student guide and Maptech's waterproof "Chart Symbols and On-the-Water Guide.
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Hurricanes and Boats
Hurricanes and BoatsThis seminar covers how to select a location and prepare your boat for a hurricane. Learn how and why to check your gear, review marina/dockmaster contracts, make plans, check your trailer, prepare a storm plan, Lessons learned from storms, hurricane anchoring, be storm ready, your responsibilities, post-hurricane efforts of USCG and law enforcement, insurance and more. Seminar includes student notes with copy of slides.
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Knots, Bends, and Hitches
Knots, bends and hitchesThis hands on seminar shows how to tie knots and is geared for boaters and non-boaters. Seminar includes a kit containing a copy of USPS guide Knots, Bends and Hitches for the Mariner, a copy of slide notes and a die-cut knot board with two lengths of line. You will learn about knots, learn to tie a set of knots, and get to take the whole package home to practice.
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Marine RADAR
Marine RADARThis seminar covers radar functions, radar selection and operation of the radar under various conditions, including settings of controls, display interpretations, basic navigation and collision avoidance using radar. Along with the student note book that has slides of the presentation you will be given a copy of The Radar Book written by Kevin Monahan.
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Mariner's Compass
Mariner's CompassThe marine compass is still the boaters primary navigation tool, and essential tool when all else fails. This seminar explains how to select, install, calibrate, and use your compass on board your boat. You will learn which features are most important and what works best for you, how to deal with variation between true and magnetic north, and how to adjust your compass to remove deviation caused by local magnetic influences.
Our next seminar will be announced later.
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Mastering the Rules of the Road
Mastering the rules of the roadThis seminar provides an explanation with examples of the 37 Rules of the Road for both U.S. Inland Rules and the International Rules (COLREGS). It simplifies the sometimes complex law relating to boat operation for the recreational boater. It is a starting point for study preparation. for the USCG License examination. This seminar includes McGraw-Hill's "The One Minute Guide to the Nautical Rules of the Road" by Charlie wing and student notes with slides.
Our next seminar will be announced later.
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Paddle Smart
Paddle SmartThis seminar is about the fasts growing segment of boating. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, kayaks and canoes accounted for 56% of the new boats sold in 2006 - over 493,000 crafts. If you're about to consider buying or just bought paddling equipment this seminar is for you. Along with the seminar you will be given a work book, "The complete Sea Kayaker's Handbook" by Shelly Johnson and the Off-season Boating Cold Shock & Hypothermia tri-fold.
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Partner in Command
Partner in CommandDo you have crew that has not taken a boating class? Then this class is for them, it includes essential information one may require to assist a skipper in safe operation of a recreational boat. Included in the seminar are actions in response to emergencies, communications, VHF radio, first aid, signaling equipment, starting and running engines, tool kits and more.
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Sail Trim and Rig Tuning
Sail Trim and Rig TuningThis seminar shows in clear and simple terms how to use and adjust sails for optimum performance under a wide range of conditions. Learn about sail and trim terminology, trimming tools, sail, wind flow on sails, sail twist and tensioning, mainsails, headsails, jibs, genoas and more. This seminar comes with a waterproof USPS Captain's Quick Guide written by North sails and student notes.
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Trailering Your Boat
Trailering Your BoatTrailering Your Boat explains how to select tow vehicles, hitches, and trailers. It also explains how to safely and securely trailer your boat, launch and retrieve it and how to operate and maintain your trailering equipment. The seminar comes with Trailering Your Boat by Bruce Smith and published as a guide for USPS by McGraw-Hill.
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Using GPS
Using GPSThis seminar shows you how to operate your GPS - what the buttons do, what the screens show and how to access the functions you need. A handheld GPS is used as the demonstration model, but all GPS receivers function similarly. You will learn to store waypoints, activate waypoint for navigation and use the GPS to keep you safe. Included in this seminar are the waterproof McGraw-Hill captain's quick Guide Using GPS and student workbook with slides.
Our next seminar will be announced later.
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Using VHF & VHF/DSC Marine Radio
Using VHF & VHF/DSC Marine RadioVHF radio is the mainstay of coastal communication and essential for emergency communications. You will learn how to use a VHF marine radio, how to make routine and emergency DSC calls, what needed to operate VHF, use the correct channels, procedures and terminology. Included in this seminar are the waterproof McGraw-Hill captain's quick Guide Using VHF, a CD with a DSC simulator that allows you to practice at home and student workbook with slides.
Our next seminar will be announced later.
Call for information!808-291-4338
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