Lansing Sail & Power Squadron, located in central Michigan, is one of 350 squadrons in United States Power Squadrons. USPS, the largest non-profit boating organization, has been helping boaters become more proficient for over a hundred years by offering a wide range of superior boating courses.

USPS University Seminars

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Can’t take lots of time off to take a full course but you are still interested in getting some up-to-date boating info? How about taking a USPS Seminar? These short seminars, given at Squadron Headquarters, are targeted to specific boating topics.   Seminars are held at Headquarters and require preregistration to ensure that participants have the materials available. Cost for seminars is $35.00 for members; $55 for nonmembers.

Using Marine/VHF Radio    Monday, March 20
Deadline to register is March 15  7-9pm
 

using vhfVHF radio is the mainstay of coastal communication and essential for emergency communications. Digital Selective Calling (DSC) is rapidly becoming a reality as Coast Guard Rescue 21 System operations go live. DSC vastly simplifies and improves rescue and routine call signaling - making it easier to make a call while the
system frees up Channel 16 for essential communications. However, you need to know how to use it. This seminar answers those needs and explains basic VHF operation. This is a great seminar to explain to anyone on your crew how to use the radio.

How to Use a Chart      Monday, April 17   
7-9pm  — Alanna Harvey

howtousechartCharts provide information essential to your safety afloat. Even with GPS and electronic navigation, the chart is needed to tell you what is around you and between you and your intended destination. A system of symbols is used by cartographers to tell you what lies below the surface of the water and the depths of water. There is
key information about visible landmarks and navigation aids to help you navigate your course. The chart also is your link with the GPS via its grid scale, compass rose, and distance scales. A brief introduction to latitude and longitude provides insight to the operation of GPS receivers.  The NOAA Chart No. 1 is the quintessential reference to chart details, but is very difficult to understand. This seminar walks you through what you really need to know in an entertaining and interesting fashion. In addition to showing you all about your chart, this seminar walks you through the essentials of laying out a safe course, and the steps to measure a course with the USPS plotter.

Partner in Command     Monday, May 22   
7-9 pm Denny Rueter

partnerincommand coverThis seminar provides an introduction to boating for crew members who need basic information and who may or may not have taken a boating course. It is designed to provide essential information one may require to assist a skipper in the safe operation of a recreational boat. Included in the seminar are actions in response to emergencies.

Registration & Information

Coast Guard implements fully functioning "virtual" and "synthetic" electronic aids to navigation

In the future, some Navigation Aids may not be placed in the water and will only appear on electronic devices.

On March 12, 2014, the U.S. Coast Guard began operating 25 fully functioning "virtual" and "synthetic" electronic aids to navigation, or eATON, as the agency labels them, in San Francisco waters.

The Coast Guard, which operates AIS shore stations, now uses the technology to identify its aids to navigation and to signal the characteristics and coordinates of each to electronic charts and other navigation displays, and even via properly integrated personal computers, tablets, and cell phones. The broadcast system is now fully operational throughout the U.S., except in the Great Lakes. In addition to standard AIS capabilities, the technology includes three types of electronic aids classified as Synthetic, Real, and Virtual — and each has different uses and applications.

[More information in BoatUS magazine Article]

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