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The following courses are offered by US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 6-8, Dana Point

All of the following classes are held at the Dana Point Yacht Club, 24399 Dana Drive, Dana Point

Suddenly in Command (1 Night)                                                              

Cost $20

WHEN: Wed. Evening Feb. 15th, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM 

Covers many of the most critical areas of information, with basic knowledge and tools to get you back to the dock if the Captain becomes incapacitated or falls overboard. Designed for people with little or no experience in operating a boat. 


Boating Skills & Seamanship (6 Weeks)

Cost $60

WHEN: Every Wed.from March 1st, thru April 5th 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Our Boating Skills and Seamanship (BS&S) course is a comprehensive course designed for both the experienced and the novice boater. Topics include safety, knots, radio, and aids to navigation, boat handling, rules of the road and many other valuable subjects.


How to Read a Nautical Chart (2 Nights)      

Cost $20

WHEN: Wed. Evening April 12th and April 19th, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

How to Read a Nautical Chart are seminars that will help the student unravel the mystery of charts by providing the navigator with the knowledge to interpret a chart’s contents to navigate safely to his or her destination and return to port.


Basic Coastal Navigation (8 Weeks)

Cost $60

WHEN: Every Wed.from April 26th, thru June 14th, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

An introduction to the basics of coastal navigation designed to acquaint you with the tools and skills required to be successful – great for novices or a refresher course for experienced (rusty) sailors. Covers navigation theory, plotting and course determination, dead reckoning, (time/speed/distance), compass use, bearings and fixes, tides. This course has a strong emphasis on practical skills and students should expect some homework


Sailing Skills and Seamanship (3 Weeks)                                                  

Cost $20

When: Every Wed. from July 26th through August 9th

Covers the basics of how a sailboat sails as well as ways to help you become a better sailor. Designed for people who are new to sailing as well as people with some experience who wish to improve their


Basics of Marine Radio (1 night)          

Cost $20

WHEN:  Wed. Evening August 23rd, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Learn how to operate one of the most important safety devices on your boat. Includes hands on experience in making and responding to calls.


GPS for Mariners Class (4 Weeks)

Cost $35

WHEN: Wed. September 6th through September 27th, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM 

This is a practical hands-on class that will enable you to get the most from your nautical navigation GPS. Learn how to use the menus and functions to determine position, set waypoints, plot a course, determine speed and heading, correlate to a chart, and more.


TO REGISTER: Email: Or call: Eric Gritzmacher at 949.632.2378 or Garry Nelson 714.234.0731

Cost includes course books, charts, and handouts.

DPYC members pay only for course materials and are encouraged to register in advance, but may also sign up at the beginning of the courses.