Using Marine GPS – First of the Power Squadron’s 2013 Summer Seminar Series, July 13

GPS has become a common tool for navigation but, using GPS on the water is distinctly different from a moving map display in your car.

Marine GPS

The Global Positioning System, otherwise known as GPS is a satellite navigation system that provides positioning and clock time to the terrestrial user. This seminar explains the principles of waypoint navigation which you will use. It then shows you how to relate the GPS to your charts which provide essential information about what is around you.

The seminar, presented by the Door County Sail & Power Squadron will also show you how to operate your GPS – what the buttons do, what the screens show, and how to access the functions you need. A handheld GPS is used as the demonstration model, but all GPS receivers function similarly.

By the time you have completed the seminar, you will be able to store waypoints into your GPS, activate them for navigation, and use GPS to keep you on a safe, pre-qualified course of your choosing. You’ll also get some tips for choosing a GPS if you don’t currently own one. You will get a copy of the USPS GPS Guide and a waterproof McGraw-Hill Captain’s Quick Guide Using GPS to take aboard to remind you of the steps, or to show another of your crew how to use your GPS.

These 9 – 11 am Summer Seminars are held on Saturdays at the Quarterdeck Marina in Sturgeon Bay. To register, please contact the Squadron Education Officer Steve Rank at 920.743.5469 or via email: Seminar fee: $25 for Power Squadron members and $30 for non-members.

Schedule of future seminars:

  • Anchoring on July 27, Fee: $35 members $40, non-members
  • Man Overboard on August 10, Fee: $25 members $30, non-members
  • Marine Compass on August 24, Fee: $25 members $30, non-members

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