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Old 17-02-2009, 10:10   #1
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Help for a Newbie

Greetings! I am 32 and live in Miami. When I was younger I would always get sea sick , but have overcome that as I have grown up. Most of my family and friends own boats and are very familiar with boating. I have made it a personal goal of mine this year to learn how to navigate a boat well enough to travel from my home in Miami to my father's vacation home in Bimini. Any assistance or guidance on how and where I might learn how to navigate an average sea vessel would be appriciated. Thanks In Advance

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Old 17-02-2009, 10:30   #2
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Welcome aboard, thajtodad.

Your local US Coast Guard Auxiliary probably offers the Basic and Advanced Coastal Navigation courses. I took them after a lifetime of boating and felt it was time well spent. The cost is nominal, and you'll meet some interesting people who are into boating.

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Welcome to the Forum, t-dad.

Hud's suggestion of the Coast Guard Auxiliary is a good one, and, of course, the United States Power Squadron is another good option. Here's a link:

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Welcome to the Forum. Hud gave you the best possible advice; the Coast Guard courses are really informative and take the fear out of everything. Then just get out there and practice what you learned.

Hope to see you out there!

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Aloha Thaj,
Welcome aboard! It is good to take a course. I hope you can find one like the USCG Auxiliary offers. Great value.
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