The off-season is the perfect time for seminars to improve your marine knowledge. We have several seminars scheduled for early November to be held in-person at the Marine Technology Center in Anacortes, WA. The November classes include Understanding Weather, Radar for Navigation and Collision Avoidance, and our new course for New Boaters.

Join us and Learn from the Experts – Mike Beemer and Mark Bunzel.

Understanding Weather – Making the Go or No-Go Decision with Mark Bunzel

November 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


weather map showing highs, lows, and wind speed

Changing weather is one of the things most boaters and their crews fear most. Usually it is not deadly, but it can be downright scary when a pleasant day of boating turns ugly. Knowing the basics can help you interpret the weather and make a good go or no-go decision. This course will take you through the basics of how to understand the information available and how to combine it with tide and current information to determine the sea conditions. The class will use actual examples and gather weather data from the internet, cell phone and VHF radio. Software apps will be used and their shortcomings will be reviewed. They say timing is everything, and a few hours difference with the change of current can make all the difference in the world. We will use a checklist approach, where you can create your own system to establish an understanding of the weather that fits your vessel and crew.

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Radar for Navigation and Collision Avoidance by Mark Bunzel

November 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


radar image showing landmasses and boat targets

Radar is one of the most versatile systems of all of the marine electronics on your boat. Most boat owners only know how to use about 10% of the capabilities of their marine radar. The manuals that come with a radar system tell you what the buttons do, but not how to confidently use radar for both collision avoidance and navigation. In addition to learning the basics of radar operation, participants will also learn:

  • New digital radar technologies, available with many new capabilities
  • How to use your marine radar system while underway
  • Basic radar tuning and how to set up an older system
  • How to interpret the screen display and how to correlate it to navigational charts, the surrounding area, and other vessels around you including integrating AIS and full overlay

With this course you will have a new appreciation and competency with the radar system on your boat.

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New Boaters Course

November 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Ranger Tug out cruising among the islands

Boat sales have been crazy the past 2 years and we know there are plenty of new boaters in our area. The instructors at Cruisers College have many years of experience cruising and want to share it with you! We’ve put together a new, all-day course that should answer many of your questions, help you gain important skills, learn tips & tricks, & make you more comfortable on the water

Topics include:

  • Communications onboard
  • Anchoring & Docking
  • Pacific Northwest Weather Intro
  • Understanding electrical power
  • Itinerary & Route Planning
  • Maintenance for your vessel

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Please note: The Seminars are at the Skagit Valley College Marine Technical Center in Anacortes, located at 1606 R Ave; Masks are required for participation at the school.