Sail and Power Squadron offers 2 classes / Boating

The Deception Pass Sail and Power Squadron is offering two boating classes at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club in January.

The first, America’s Boating Course, is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 4 and 11.

The second offering, a Piloting Course, is the first course in the sequence of Unites States Power Squadron classes on coastal and inland navigation. Classes are 6-8 p.m. every Thursday from Jan. 7 through March 4.

Completion of American’s Boating Course qualifies participants for the Washington state boater education card required for most boaters.

The class will cover basic boat handling, safety considerations, federal and state requirements and nautical rules of the road.

The cost is $55; $20 for the second person if a couple chooses to share a book.

Free on-the-water training is available.

The Piloting Course focuses on modern navigation of recreational boats and embraces GPS technology, as well as covering traditional techniques for navigating if GPS fails.

The course includes many in-class exercises to develop the student’s skill through hands-on practice and learning.

Topics covered in the course are charts and their interpretation; navigation aids and how they point to safe water; plotting courses and determining direction and distance; the mariner’s compass and converting between true and magnetic (and uses of GPS); preplanning safe courses and entering them into GPS (and monitoring progress and determining position by GPS or by traditional techniques); and the “seaman’s eye” — simple skills for checking that one is on course.

The cost is $92, including plotter and dividers, for squadron members and $142 for non-members. Spouses and partners who share a text pay an additional $35.

For more information or to register for either course, contact SEO Karen Nelson at 360-320-3803 or knelson2007@gmail.com

More in Sports

Photo by John Fisken
Coupeville junior Alita Blouin passes the ball at a game against South Whidbey High School on Monday, Oct. 27. Blouin had a team-high nine digs during the match, which South Whidbey won 3-0 with scores of 25-21, 25-8 and 25-18.
Pass it on

Alita Blouin had a team-high nine digs during Coupeville’s match against South Whidbey.

See caption
Hoofing it

Deer take the field during Coupeville football game

Melany Alanis, senior
Wildcats set 11 school records for weightlifting after summer training

After a summer of hard work, seven female athletes broke 11 school records by lifting heavy.

Photo by John Fisken
Oak Harbor Wildcats go after the ball during the homecoming football game against the Stanwood Spartans Sept. 17. The Wildcats lost 34-14.
Homecoming in Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor High School homecoming football game Sept. 17 had plenty of exciting moments.

Photo by John Fisken
Coupeville volleyball won against Mount Vernon Christian 3-0 on Sept. 14. Schools are hoping more people sign up to become referees because almost all sports are facing a shortage of officials.
School sports need more refs to step up to the plate

High school sports are back in full swing, but a lack of qualified referees could spell trouble.

football
#9 is Will Rankin, senior.
Fall sports return, with some changes

Traditional fall school sports are already underway after two nontraditional school years.

OH Cheer Team
Wildcat cheer team claims first place

Oak Harbor High School’s Cheer Competition Team captured first place at the… Continue reading

Passmore
Wrestling Hall of Fame honors Oak Harbor’s Linsenmayer, Passmore

Also among the 10 2021 inductees is Mount Vernon’s Randy Audette, whose officiating career in wrestling spans 52 years.

Photo by John Fisken
NWLL softball vs CWLL
The crack of the bat

Photo by John Fisken. North Whidbey Little League and Central Whidbey Little… Continue reading

Photo by Shawn O’Connor
Wildcats finish season with program best

The Oak Harbor High School sailing team will take a month off before starting their summer season.

Oak Harbor High School Wildcat sailors compete this weekend in the NWISA Fleet Race Championships. (Photo by Shawn O’Connor Oak Harbor)
Wildcat sailors headed to championships

By Shawn O’Connor for the Whidbey News-Times The Oak Harbor High School… Continue reading

The South Whidbey boys team, from left to right include Aidan O’Brien, Cooper Ullman, Aidan Donnelly, Thomas Simms and Reilly McVay. Photo by Matt Simms.
Falcons cross country make history with state win

It was the first time the SWHS boys cross country team finished in first place at the state meet.