The Oyster Bay Power Squadron is offering two boating courses: one on Boat Handling Under Power on April 23, and the other on GPS Navigation on April 30. Both two-hour seminars, will be held at the Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay and will begin at 7:30 p.m. The cost for each is $35.
The Boat Handling Under Power seminar on April 23 shows boaters how to depart and dock under a variety of conditions as well as all about trimming the boat underway. The seminar materials include a waterproof USPS Captain's Quick Guide and Student Notes.
The GPS Navigation course on April 30 tells about GPS, which 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. You will get a copy of the USPS GPS Guide and a waterproof McGraw-Hill Captain's Quick Guide Using GPS to take aboard to remind you of the steps, or to show another of your crew how to use your GPS. For more information please contact Steve Feldman at 931-2875.