Our Next Events

For more events, please see the Calendar.

Tuesday, January 8, at Norwalk Yacht Club – Marine Navigation (Piloting) Course: click here.

Tuesday, February 5, at Noroton Yacht Club – Coastal Boating Competence Course: click here.


Sign up for our Marine Navigation (Piloting) course that starts Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Are you a boater who wants to venture outside the harbor? Are you confident in your ability to get to the Norwalk Islands or across Long Island Sound to Northport – and then back again safely?

The skill involved in getting your boat safely to a destination is called “Piloting,” and Marine Navigation (formerly called Piloting) is the first in the sequence of courses on navigation presented by the Darien Sail & Power Squadron. The Marine Navigation course covers the basics of coastal and inland navigation, including how to plan a safe course and how to monitor your progress while en route.

The course focuses on using GPS as a primary navigation tool – reviewing typical GPS displays and pre-planning safe courses by setting up GPS waypoints and routes – but also covers traditional navigation techniques so that you can find your way even after your GPS fails (or gets dropped overboard). Topics include using nautical charts, understanding aids to navigation, plotting courses and determining direction and distance, using the mariner's compass and converting between True and Magnetic, and monitoring progress and determining position through the use of bearings and dead reckoning. The course includes many in-class exercises to develop the student's skills through hands-on practice and learning.

The cost of the course is $80.00 for DSPS and Norwalk Yacht Club members and $180 for non-members.

To register, go to: https://www.usps.org/cgi-bin-nat/eddept/800/getregform.cgi?L-15315

To pre-pay, use the PayPal options below.

Marine Navigation (Piloting) Course

Questions? Email: padler@pipeline.com
The course meets at Noroton Yacht Club, 23 Baywater Drive, Darien, CT 06820.

Classes begin at 7:30pm promptly – however if you find that you will be late, come anyway: there is always an open door, and we will be glad to see you at any point.

Graduation from this course will satisfy the requirements for the State's Safe Boating Certificate – which is required for the operation of all Connecticut registered boats.

Click HERE to go to the Coastal Boating Course Information & Registration Page