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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers course on how to read a nautical chart

July 7, 2010 | 10:51 am

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructor Tom Watson teaches students how to read a nautical chart.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering a course on how to read a nautical chart, beginning July 13 at the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey.

Unraveling the mystery of charts by knowing latitude and longitude can help all boaters locate their position anywhere on Earth.

This two-day course will provide the knowledge to interpret a chart's contents, giving boaters the ability to navigate safely to their destination and return to port. 

Other information on charts to be covered in class includes depth of water, magnetic variations affecting the compass, chart scales and intertidal information.

Classes will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on July 13 and July 20. The fee for the course is $50 and includes a textbook and training chart. Students should bring a set of parallel rulers and dividers with them. Registration can be completed online. For more information, contact Hal Pruett at (310) 738-8574, or by e-mail at fc@uscgamdr.org.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary assists the U.S. Coast Guard in non-law-enforcement programs such as public education, vessel safety checks, safety patrols, search and rescue, maritime security and environmental protection, as well as Coast Guard Academy introduction programs for youth. Auxiliary members also serve with active-duty members of the Coast Guard at their stations and in times of disaster.

-- Kelly Burgess
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Photo: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructor Tom Watson teaches students how to read a nautical chart. Credit: Steve Lee / U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary


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