Offshore Navigation Date: March 8th – May 10th, 2023


Offshore Navigation
Date : Wednesday, March 8th, 2023 – May 10th, 2023
Time : 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Place : Southwestern Yacht Club, SAN DIEGO YACHT CLUB 2702 Qualtrough St, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost : $130 (member), $160(non-member)
Contact : Education Officer (
Offshore Navigation (previously offered as Junior Navigation) is the first in a two-part program of study in offshore navigation, followed by the Celestial Navigation course (currently offered as Navigation.). It is designed as a practical “how to” course. The course includes use of the Nautical Almanac, taking sextant sights of the sun, reducing sights to establish lines of position, and electronic and computerized offshore navigation.

This course is taught Wednesday’s for eight weeks and use provided sextants to take and reduce sights of the sun. The requisite for this course is Advanced Marine Navigation.

Topic: Offshore Navigation
Time: March 8th 2023 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Advanced Marine Navigation Date : Feb 27-May 1, 2023


Advanced Marine Navigation
Date : Monday, Feb 27th, 2023 – May 1st, 2023
Time : 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Place : Southwestern Yacht Club, SAN DIEGO YACHT CLUB 2702 Qualtrough St, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost : $95 (member), $120(non-member)
Contact : Education Officer (
Advanced Marine Navigation (previously offered as Advanced Piloting) is the second in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation. It continues to build coastal and inland navigation skill, allowing the student to take on more challenging conditions – unfamiliar waters, limited visibility, and extended cruises. GPS is embraced as a primary navigation tool while adding radar, chart plotters, and other electronic navigation tools.

This course is taught Monday’s for eight weeks and includes a final exam as an open-book take home test. The prerequisite for this course is Marine Navigation.

Topic: Advanced Marine Navigation
Time: Feb 27th 2023 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

America’s Boating Course – Feb 7 – Apr 11, 2023


America’s Boating Course

Date : Tuesday, Feb 7, 2023 – Apr 11, 2023
Time : 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Place : Southwestern Yacht Club, SAN DIEGO YACHT CLUB 2702 Qualtrough St, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost : $65
Contact : Education Officer (
No matter how much experience you have with boating, it is important to have the knowledge needed to keep your passengers, yourself and your boat safe.

Get your state boating card and learn the skills you need to be safe while boating.

This course is taught Tuesday’s for eight weeks and includes safe boating practices and basic navigation. Passing the test will qualify you for the California Boaters Card (required for all 50 years old and younger).

Pay for the class here:

Cost of Cruising

Maybe you aren’t so much interested in yesterday’s chartering option as taking your own boat to every coastline (or, at least, a select few).

Like everything else we have discussed so far, cruising costs depend on your choices, from the boat to maintenance to how you want to eat when visiting far flung coastlines.

The Boat Galley did this nice write up a few years ago, so I will let you enjoy their writing. Cruising budgets to fit every lifestyle can be found both in popular blogs and vlogs and in occasional write ups in the various magazines that cover the cruising lifestyle. For the blogs and vlogs, you will find that what you are reading is often actually providing the cash for their lifestyle. If they aren’t making money off of the ads you see, they may well have a link for you to donate to your favorites.

I am pretty sure that this group of young adults found the cheapest way to do it, but that lifestyle just isn’t for everyone. Many of us would choose to spend money to do it differently. Whatever you do, don’t be like the couple that sold everything they owned to buy a $5000 boat and go cruising, only to ground and sink their boat in one of their first ports of call. Turns out, everything they owned only paid for the boat, not any of the other aspects of cruising.

Keep Safe, Keep Learning

Tanya WeimerSEO

The Eleventh Coast Guard District Local Notice to Mariners (17-2020)

The following products are available from the Navigation Center website:

If the links above do not work, you should either copy and paste the links into your web browser or follow the LNM links from the Navigation Center LNM page.

The Local Notice to Mariners, Light List, and Summary of Corrections are in Portable Document Format (PDF) and viewing them requires a PDF reader.  PDF readers are readily available on the internet, generally free of charge.

To download the latest information:

  • Place your mouse over the “PDF” symbol next to the corresponding week.
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  • Choose “Save Target As”.
  • Save the PDF to your computer and open using your PDF reader.

If you have questions regarding this message, please contact the Navigation Center (use “LNMs, Charts, Chart Corrections, or Light Lists” as the subject from the pull down menu).

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San Diego Bay are closed. The decision is effective as of March 24

San Diego Bay closed effective as of March 24

Port of San Diego parks, which includes beaches, parking lots, piers, and boat launches, around San Diego Bay are closed. The decision is effective as of March 24, is consistent with the County of San Diego’s amended public health order, and follows similar moves by the State of California and local city governments to further discourage non-essential gatherings of any size.  Read more here.

Additionally, per an amendment to the County’s amended public health order on April 3, boating for recreational purposes, watersports, or swimming are prohibited on or in public waterways and at beaches. This order is effective as of 12 a.m., Saturday, April 4, 2020 until further notice. Therefore, San Diego Bay is closed to recreation – including boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, and recreational fishing – until further notice.