Lessons

I have provided individual or small group on-the-water-training for boaters who wish to gain skills and to build maritime confidence, in the real world, since 1996. These skills can be acquired aboard your boat or one provided. If you are having trouble safely operating a small launch or an offshore yacht, feel free to contact me to learn how I can help you. I'm confident that I can teach you the essential maritime skills in simple forms that you can learn efficiently and retain.

If your schedule allows, it is recommended that you take a USCG Power Squadron class locally or to read through the Chapman Piloting on seamanship and small boat handling book, to provide a foundation for us to build on in the real world.

Below is a list of the things that you should be aware of and that I can help you with as a mariner.

Boat inspection
See checklist.

Navigation
Dead reckoning—charts and compass
Tides & currents
Light list & coast pilot
Ranges/natural ranges
Buoy systems
Rules of the road
Radio communication

Seamanship
Single engine, twin engine operation, sailing
Docking & mooring
Anchoring—scope
Knot tying—the importance of hand motions for retaining the knowledge
Collision course identification
CFRs (maritime law)
PFDs
Voyage planning
Heavy weather
Watch keeping
Night cruising
Ship stability
Maintenance and improvements—ventilation

Drills
MOB (man overboard)
Firefighting

Other
Ocean survival
Security

 

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