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Safely Crossing The Columbia and Tillamook Bars

Hosted by US Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors with knowledge and experience of both Columbia and Tillamook bars.

Topics will include: Geography, Hazards, Resources, Tides, Planning, Gear, Boats and more.


Sport Fisherman, OUPV Guides, Sailors, Power Boaters, Cruisers, anyone who would like more information about navigating safely across these bars.

WHEN: Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 8:30 – 12:30  (ARRIVE EARLY TO REGISTER)

WHERE:  Living Hope Church, 2711 NE Andresen Rd., Vancouver, WA

COST: $25 AT THE DOOR (Cash or Check only)

Seating is limited to the first 40!!

Crossing a bar safely requires careful planning and good seamanship?  Do you have a good understanding of the dangers that exist while crossing the Columbia River or Tillamook bars?

Deadline to reserve your seat is May 24th.

To register or if you have a question, please call Debbie Kienle at (360) 574-5044 or (360) 609-2630 Email:

Navigation Charts and GPS

The first day is working with navigation charts.   Students will become familiar with all aspects of the chart datums, compass rose, true vs magnetic direction, chart symbols, land features, water depths and bottom types, measuring distance, degrees-minutes-seconds vs degrees-decimal minute and plotting a course.  Chart exercises are continuous all day. Much of the information from the charts will be transferred to the GPS units the next day.

Day two is working with a GPS.  The class has 7 handheld units available. Students can bring their own units.  If they do, it is desirable to have navigation charts on them.  The course will cover what is in the box when you buy a new unit and then goes into the screens, buttons, how to set it up (setting from the chart class) to match with local charts, entering lat and long information, and establishing waypoint in several ways.  A field exercise to find the waypoints, follow the route, and move a waypoint on the route will occur. The safety concerns of GPS travel are discussed. 

When: June 1-2, 2019
Both classes 12:30-4:30

Where: USCG facility in Brookings, OR

Cost: $45

To reserve a spot or for more information contact Phil at 208-863-8386, Dave at 805-350-0542, or Buzz at 707-888-1616.

Flare Shoot & Demo

To go along with Safe Boating Week, May 18 / May 25, It's time for all of us to check our boats for safety equipment. The Coos Bay Power Squadron be holding a Flare and Shoot Demo (Visual Distress Signal). Doing this will give us a hands-on use for the outdated flares from our Boats.

Where: Empire Boat Ramp, Coos Bay
When: May 18, 2019,  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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