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.

If you are interested in joining PSC, please contact a PSC Bridge Member or submit a membership application.

Contact our Training Commodore, John Laffman with any questions.


 

 2018/2019 Winter Training Schedule (Being Updated as Location Dates are Confirmed): 


Jan 27, 2019 -Diesel Engines and Components (Transmission, Props, Fuel System, Cooling, Oil, Batteries and Charging)

                          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.

                                 Instructors:  Tony Skivo and Rich Kowalczyk

                                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.

                               Instructors: Tony Skivo and Rich Kowalczyk

                                Location:  American Legion Post 176, 6520 Amherst Ave, Springfield, VA 22150 in the Banquet Room


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   

Location:  American Legion Post 176, 6520 Amherst Ave, Springfield, VA 22150 in the Banquet Room


March 10, 2019- Heavy Weather Sailing - opening for registration soon

March 24, 2019Introduction to Celestial Navigation - opening for registration soon

April 6, 2019 -  Exam Day - opening for registration soon

 

 

Notes:

  1. One FVSM coupon may be used per session. 
  2. You may cancel your reservation for a class up to 15 days in advance of the class. However, if you cancel after that date (or if you just fail to show up), please do not expect a refund.
  3. No exams are given following any of these classes. The required Rules of the Road, General Knowledge, and Navigation Exams are given during the Bay Skipper Exam Series session.

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