Vanderbilt University is offering a free online course in celestial navigation fundamentals. The course-developed in collaboration with PS Technical Editor Ralph Naranjo, made possible by the Blended & Online Learning Design (BOLD) Fellows Program, and hosted by Vanderbilt-covers the basics for completing a sight reduction form to obtain a line of position (LOP). Using videos and an online worksheet, the course includes an overview of celestial navigation (astronav) concepts, the mechanics of plotting an LOP, and examples of using a sight reduction forms to obtain values to plot the LOP of a celestial body. According to Vanderbilt, this course serves to address the lack of widely available instruction in celestial navigation.
For more information, visit https://my.vanderbilt.edu/astronav/
Those wishing to further their celestial navigation skills also can take a course taught by Naranjo, author of The Art of Seamanship, at the Annapolis School of Seamanship. For course dates and details, visit www.annapolis shoolofseamanship.com.
The Great Lakes Cruising Club (GLCC) and the Cruising Club of America (CCA) recently announced that their Safety for Cruising Couples seminar-and others-will now be available online through the GLCC Schools live webinars.
The GLCC School is focused on helping couples and short-handed crews safely enjoy their cruising experience. The online webinars are taught by industry specialists and GLCC-accredited sail- or powerboating colleagues, and cover everything from weather to maintenance, provisioning to navigation, safe boating to anchoring techniques, and regional cruising guides to locking skills. If you can’t make a scheduled live webinar, there are opportunities to view and register for a recording of the live event on demand after initial live broadcast.
GLCC School sessions typically run 60 to 90 minutes, and registration runs about $15 to $20, depending on whether youre a member of the GLCC or the U.S. or Canadian power squadrons.
Marine radio course
The US Power Squadrons and the Boat US Foundation have teamed up to offer a new online course on using the marine VHF radio. All About Marine Radio, offered at www.BoatUS.org/courses, teaches participants how to use standard VHF radios as well as newer Digital Selective Calling (DSC) VHF radios.
The course offers advice on choosing the best radio for your needs and how to get the most use out of it. It covers basic VHF usage rules, how to make and receive radio calls (including which channels to use), how to obtain and use a Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number, how to call for help in an emergency, and how to ensure that your transmissions are understandable.
The online course costs $20 for members of BoatUS, the U.S. and Canadian power squadrons, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the Great Lakes Cruising Club; it costs $25 for non-members.
For more information, visit www.BoatUS.com.