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.

February USPS University Seminars

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 GPS  — Monday, February 20

usinggpsGPS has become a common tool for navigation. However using GPS on the water is distinctly different from a moving map display in your car. This seminar explains the principles of waypoint navigation which you will use. It then shows you how to relate the GPS to your charts which  provide essential information about what is around you.  The seminar also 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. By the time you have completed the seminar, you will be able to store waypoints into your GPS, activate them for navigation, and use GPS to keep you on a safe, pre-qualified course of your choosing. You’ll also get some tips for choosing a GPS if you don’t currently own one.

Knots, Bends and Hitches  —  Thursday, February 23

knots bends hitchesThe Knots, Bends, and Hitches seminar is a hands-on "learn how to tie knots" program geared to a wide range of audiences. The kit comes with a copy of the USPS Guide Knots, Bends and Hitches for Mariners, a copy of the slide notes and a kit including a die -cut knot board and two lengths of line. Participants learn about knots, learn to tie a set of the most useful knots, and then g et to take the whole package home with them to practice these and a whole host of other knots described in the book.

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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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