Boaters really enjoyed Deltaville Yachting Center’s 2016 Boaters’ Boot Camp Classes! From in class learning to hands on practice, if you’re not comfortable with your vessel this is a class to take! Two class options for 2017: 5/20-5/21/17 OR 6/17-6/18/17.
A little more about the class….
Richmond Sail & Power Squadron will be offering their BOATERS’ BOOT CAMP at Deltaville Yachting Center twice in 2017 (see dates above).
Course Summary: Two-day intensive training course covers the essentials of recreational boating- from planning and navigating a cruise to using onboard electronics including chartplotters, radar, AIS and
DSC VHF radios. This program includes one full day (8 hrs.) of interactive classroom instruction followed by a 2nd day of on-the-water training by experienced boaters who are members of United States Power
Squadrons, the largest and most widely respected boater education organization.
The Boaters’ Boot Camp program will focus on electronic navigation topics including the use of a computer for planning trips, basics of GPS positioning systems, use of chartplotters, radar and
AIS systems. You will learn how to plan a cruise, identify and enter waypoints, build a route in your chartplotter, navigate a boat following a route, adjusting routes during the course of the trip, and using
chartplotter functions to improve the safety of your trip.
The basics of RADAR operation, MARPA and collision avoidance will be covered, as well as the use and benefits of AIS receivers and transceivers. Students will get hands-on experience operating all of these devices and more. The installation of DSC/VHF radios has become commonplace, but many boaters don’t understand how to use the DSC functions. In this class, you will use a demonstrator unit to place and receive calls, then aboard trainer’s boat, practice using the DSC radio functions.
Additional classroom topics will include on-board weather forecasting and navigation using portable electronics (smartphones, tablets). Learning how to obtain and interpret weather information, identify dangerous weather, predicting storm movements and risks can greatly improve your safety on the water.