Learning Guides are self-study special interest texts on a variety of subjects that will increase your boating safety and pleasure. They may be ordered through the Squadron Education Officer, and they make great gifts for the beginning and advanced boater alike. They are:
Amateur Radio - an up to date guide to obtaining licenses for various classes of amateur radio operation, and to use of same by the cruising boater.
Compass Adjusting - step-by-step instructions for adjusting your mariner’s compass.
Introduction to Navigational Astronomy - a nontechnical guide to the celestial bodies of the northern hemisphere.
Skipper Saver - Man Overboard! is a dreaded yell, on any boat, that is even more frightening when it is the skipper that is overboard. Skipper Saver teaches everyone on board what to do and how operate the boat in an emergency.
Introduction to Sailing - the basics of sailboat handling, nomenclature, sail handling, points of sail, etc. Explains the relationship between wind and moving boat and action of keel/centerboard and rudder.
Predicted Log Contest - a how-to manual showing how to set up and run a predicted log contest for anyone from beginner to seasoned contestant.
Oceanography - a nontechnical guide and introduction to marine geography, earth crusts and plates, fractures and movement, ocean chemistry, weather, tides, currents and wave formation.
Water Sports - get started the right way, with this introduction to ski-boat handling, equipment, hazards, corrective actions and high performance skiing. Also includes sections on wind surfing and personal water craft.
Calculators for Navigation - a compendium of formulas and keystroke instructions for solving navigation problems from dead-reckoning to celestial.
Sight Reduction Methods - celestial navigation remains a vital skill for ocean going yachtsmen, even in this day of electronic navigation. This learning guide teaches five methods of reducing sextant sights to to obtain lines of position.
Knots, Bends, and Hitches - Proper use of lines and knots is a sure sign of a savvy boater. These easy to follow diagrams and instructions show how to tie the best knots and splices for any job.
RADAR - a how-to approach to using RADAR for the small boat operator; includes tips on installation and maintenance.
Global Positioning Systems (GPS) - unquestionably, the premier worldwide electronic navigation tool. This guide presents a nontechnical approach to a highly technical subject. Discusses how GPS works, simple piloting techniques using GPS, how to navigate with GPS, and electronic charting and computer aided navigation with an integrated GPS.
LORAN-C - although overshadowed by GPS, Loran-C is making a comeback as a supporting tool and as a back-up to GPS systems. This guide explains how Loran-C works, and presents information needed to successfully use it for navigation.
Boat Insurance - do you know what is covered by your marine policy, and what is an exception? Understand what you are buying, by reading this handy guide.
USPS Nautical Glossary - provides a handy reference list of nautical words and phrases used by boaters everywhere.