Compliments of BoatUS
It’s an important piece of equipment, able to get boaters safely home, to their favored fishing hole or weekend raft up spot. But if you’ve ever wondered about all of the features and functions on your boat’s GPS or chartplotter, this is your chance to learn by taking the online course from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water and the United States Power Squadrons, “How to Use GPS.” Available for a $30 course fee at BoatUS.org/gps, the course makes learning easy as it can be taken anytime–at home, office, or the boat. Course takers may stop and return as busy schedules permit, and the course works well with any brand of GPS or chartplotter.
“Many boaters understand the basic functions on their chartplotter, but we wanted to create a course that would be like having a knowledgeable friend looking over their shoulder pointing out GPS features they might not be aware of, as well as explaining how the GPS can make their boating more safe and enjoyable,” said BoatUS Foundation Director of Education Amanda Suttles Pérez. “This course is great for novice or experts with any size boat, and you don’t have to be an experienced navigator to understand the material.”
The course is divided into four chapters including an introduction with sections on setting-up, using the GPS, and integrating electronics. Short quizzes throughout give you the opportunity to test your knowledge and then go back to review the material again. Some topics covered include:
The course is $24.00 for members of BoatUS, United States Power Squadrons, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Great Lakes Cruising Club.