Classroom/Winter Training Program
Winter Training Coordinator: JEANNE Burns
Pentagon Sailing Club offers short courses designed to provide advanced classroom training beyond the Basic Sailing Course and in support of the Bay Skipper program. Bay Skipper Candidates will gain skills and knowledge that will help successfully complete the Bay Skipper qualification program.
Training Benefits: Specialized classes... like sail trim, navigation, anchoring, rules of the road, etc.... all taught by PSC experienced sailors, and aimed at those who want to learn more about sailing beyond our basic sailing classes. Of note, the piloting & navigation classes are part of our ASA 105 (Coastal Navigation) certification course.
Our Winter Training courses are our most popular off-season training events. Make your class reservations today so that you don't miss out! Contact Michael Burns, Winter Training Coordinator, for more information. Registration is easy, just complete the form on the website and pay online. You can use FVSMs for each class.
Contact our Training Commodore, John Laffman with any questions.
2018/2019 Winter Training Schedule (Being Updated as Location Dates are Confirmed):
First of two classes - not required to attend both. Should take both if planning to take the General Knowledge Exam. Stay tuned to the event calendar for the Winter Training test day.
Tony and Rich are back-on as our Winter Training Instructor for Diesel Engines and Components. They will teach you basic diesel engine operations, how to perform operator maintenance and do and don't of diesel engine operations. Class covers Diesel Engine and Components including and Transmission, Props, Fuel System, Cooling, Oil, Batteries and Charging.
Location: American Legion Post 176, 6520 Amherst Ave, Springfield, VA 22150 in the Banquet Room
February 03, 2019- Heads, Electrical, Plumbing, Propane Stove, Pumps and Steering
Second of two classes - not required to attend both. Should take both if planning to take the General Knowledge Exam. Stay tuned to the event calendar for the Winter Training test day.
Tony and Rich will teach you about, thru-hulls, sea-cocks, ball valves and strainers, electrical (AC/DC), plumbing systems, propane stove operations, air conditioning, head systems and steering. You will learn about basic operations, maintenance, safety, basic tools required as well as cleaning tips on how to keep that boat smell away.
February 10, 2019- Bay Skipper Meeting
February 24 and March 3 2019- Piloting and Navigation
Two classes - must attend both. Registering here accounts for both.
Piloting involves navigating a vessel in restricted waters and fixing its position as precisely as possible at frequent intervals. Team PSC will help you learn, among other things, lines of position, dead reckoning, ranges, estimated positions, running fixes, and danger bearings. This is a two day class and is part of the ASA 105 certification.
Participation must have a "Nav Kit" for this course. If you do not have your own, for registrations occurring before February 26, you can order a Kit through us at a reduced cost of $45. This is a significant saving from purchasing these items on your own. This kit includes:
(1) 6" fixed point dividers (item #262),
(2) nautical slide rule (item #105), and
(3) compact parallel plotter (item #60)Lead instructor: Ross Rosiak
March 10, 2019- Heavy Weather Sailing - opening for registration soon
March 24, 2019 - Introduction to Celestial Navigation - opening for registration soon
April 6, 2019 - Exam Day - opening for registration soon