A Note - From our Education Officer, Max.


Southport Educational Update

September/October 2019



Summer may be winding down, but the boating season is still going strong. As the days grow a little shorter, we may wish to learn some new skills or just refresh our existing skills. We are scheduling 2 seminars for the fall that will do that. The seminars are: 

How to Use a Chart (September 28) – Whether you are planning a cruise, going fishing, or just out for the day, knowing how to use a nautical chart is essential to safe boating. This seminar will discuss:

What charts show navigators above and below the water

Chart scales and features

Latitude and Longitude

Planning your course using your chart, GPS and Open CPN software

The cost will be $35.00 for squadron members and $40.00 for non-members. For couples sharing booklets, the cost will be $30.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members.

Using VHF & VHF/DSC Marine Radio (October 26)- Get familiar with your boat’s VHF radio, including the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) rescue feature. Topics include:

How VHF radios work and their controls

Using correct channels

Using correct procedures (critical in an emergency!)

How DSC works

The cost will be $35.00 for squadron members and $40.00 for non-members. Included will be a text booklet, a water resistant guide for the boat and a DSC simulator in CD. For couples sharing materials, the cost for the second participant will be $30.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members.

Seminars will be held at the Maritime Museum on Moore Street. Registration will begin at 8:30am with the seminar starting at 9:00 am and will last approximately 3 hours. To sign up or to obtain more information, contact Max Sykes at hmsykes@atmc.net.