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Local Waters - Local Charts

The Local Waters class is directed toward new boaters and boaters new to the area, as well as those who wish to learn chart reading. It will provide the boater with some of the basics of navigation, oriented to the Ft. Myers area. Students will learn how to read a chart and focus on gaining experience using chart 11427. The students will spend more than 50% of the class time doing these exercises. The class is 3½ hours long and does not require membership in the Squadron.

Students will learn how to read a chart, understand the meaning of daymarks, and informational signs. We will discuss some of the hazards to navigation in our area (like traffic and shoaling) and some of the features of the area (restaurants, marinas, and picnic spots).

We will use chart 11427 and you must bring yours to class! We will use the chart to find specific features, plot routes, and find locations.

Class Outline
Basics of Navigation
Compass
Parts of a Chart
Aids to Navigation
Information Signs
Local Hazards
Weather & Tides
Where to go Today
I'm Lost - What Now?

How to Order Chart 11427:

Go to www.nauticalchartsonline.com
Click on box "Map View"
Below that box, a "Search" box will appear
Enter 11427 then click "search"
Below the US map will appear a results box, click on the 11427 chart
Although it shows a poster, click on "add to cart"
Under "Options" select "Mapfold"
Follow directions to check out, you will need to register.
Cost is $28 with free FedEx ground shipping.
Classes are held in the Squadron's
classroom on San Carlos Boulevard. There is a $45.00 charge which includes materials. If a couple wishes to share materials, the charge is $70.00. Advance reservations are required and space is limited. Register online or call the Squadron at (239) 466-4040 for additional information.

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