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Tip for: Transiting Seymour Narrows


Navigation Slideshow:
*Currents

*Radar

*Estimated Position


Helpful Links:

Animated Rules of the Road

Great book on "How Boat Things Work"

Animated Aids to Navigation

Free online BoatUS Boating Safety course

Chart Reading 101

BoatUS
Tutorial: DSC Radio

Get private on-the-water boating instruction on your boat. The training is customized to focus on your needs and those of your boating partner. Your goals might include building skills in:

   • Docking          • Traditional navigation
   • Anchoring        • TODAY'S Electronic navigation
   • Radar            • Tides and currents
   • Autopilot        • Rules of the road
   • VHF Radio        • Inside Passage Voyage Planning

Capt. Linda Lewis (USCG 100-Ton Master) is not only a very experienced boater and Inside Passage cruiser, but also a professional, skillful teacher.

Are you a brand new boater? You can build your skills a step at a time, starting with close-quarters handling and docking.

Are you coming back to boating after a dry spell? Get help reminding yourself what you still know, becoming comfortable with your skills again, and brushing up on the newer things in boating, like today's instruments for electronic navigation.

Perhaps you are switching to a boat that is new to you and you need help using engine controls that are different for you (such as Twin engines), as well as that new electronic navigation.

Maybe you are just about ready for overnight or week-long cruising. You need yet another layer in your skill set that includes anchoring, navigation, and the use of your radar.

You might even be someone who is dreaming of cruising the Inside Passage to British Columbia or Southeast Alaska. Capt. Lewis has done the cruise many times and has presented cruising seminars at countless Boat Shows and Yacht Clubs.

If you don't have more than one person on the boat who can handle the boat, you don't have a safe boat, so both captain and crew need to build their knowledge and skills as a safety priority and as an investment in satisfying boating.

Call or email to discuss your current skill level and to identify the things that you want to learn. Look at the list above, pick out what you want to work on, and let's get started.

Set your course for confidence on the water!

Boating instruction by Capt. Linda Lewis:docking, anchoring


    Captain Linda Lewis


    Private Boating Instruction, LLC


•   U.S. Coast Guard 100-Ton Master's license

•   Experienced professional educator, PhD
     (U of WA Associate Professor Emeritus)

•   40 years boating experience

•   Member U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary; Coxswain; Instructor

•  Teaches electronic & traditional navigation course to the public
    for U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

•  Editor & contributor to Douglass Exploring SE Alaska (2007)
    cruising guide
(Book Information)

•  Member Northwest Women in Boating

•  Available as speaker at yacht clubs, boating organizations. (Email Linda)

      Topics such as:

      "Tablets, Smartphones, Marine Instruments: Today's Navigation Electronics"
      "How to Work with Currents at Tidal Narrows"
      "Couples Sharing the Boat Handling: Tips for Making it Work"
      "The Captain is Missing - First Mate's Survival Guide"
      "VHF Radio and AIS Basics"
      "Radar: How to Use for Navigation & Collision Avoidance"
      "Voyage Planning for the Inside Passage"


•  Cruising the Inside Passage since 1991

•  See pictures and stories from several of Linda's three-month passages to SE Alaska     at Fine Edge Publishing (Fineedge.com)


    To go directly to a photo blog, click on a link below:

SE Alaska Cruising Photos/Text by Capt. Linda Lewis
   "2011 Inside Passage Photo Blog"

   "2009 Inside Passage Photo Blog"

   "2007 Inside Passage Photo Blog"



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Captain Linda Lewis Contact Information



                - - - - - -  2014 SPEAKING SCHEDULE  - - - - - -

   SEATTLE BOAT SHOW - Jan 24 through Feb 2, 2014

        Cruising in the Upper Half of B.C. and Into Ketchikan, AK
          Sun. Jan. 26 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Boat Show University)
          Seminar Description


        Cruising in Southeast Alaska
          Sun. Jan. 26 - 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM (Boat Show University)
          Seminar Description



        Couples Sharing the Boat Handling - Tips for Making it Work
           Sat. Jan. 25 - 5:00 PM to 5:50 PM
           Sat. Feb. 1 - 11:00 AM to 11:50 PM

           Seminar Description


   WOMEN'S BOATING SEMINAR

         Feb. 22, 2014 - Shoreline, WA

         All Day Workshop - various topics/speakers

         "Inside Passage Dreaming - What's Holding You Back?

          Seminar Description and Registration


   NAVIGATION COURSE - Sponsored by USCG Auxiliary

        Capt. Linda Lewis primary instructor

        Starts Tuesday Feb. 25, 2014 - 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM - Shoreline, WA

        Ten Week course includes:

        • How to Read Electronic and Papers charts
        • How to Use Today's Navigation Tools: Smartphones, Tablets, Chartplotters, PCs
        • Practice Plotting Routes and Dead Reckoning: Electronic and Paper
        • How to use your Radar, AIS, Autopilot to Enhance Navigation
        • Practice Using Tides and Current Info - specific to the West Coast


        Information - Registration (Space is limited):  (Email)



   CRUISING THE INSIDE PASSAGE TO BC AND SEAK SEMINAR

        Three Day Seminar: March 21-23, 2014 - Anacortes, WA

        In-depth explanations for:
        Routes, Tidal Narrows; Open Water Crossings;
        Weather; Moorages; Anchorages;Customs;
        Boat Repair Underway; Permits; Water; Fuel;
        Provisioning; Catching Crabs-Shrimp-Fish
        Optional additional day: Preparing Your Boat To Go Cruising

        Click here for: Seminar Description and Registration


        Experienced cruiser/speakers:
        Linda Lewis, Mark Bunzel, Michael Beemer; Lynette Brower




  LINDA LEWIS FEATURED IN PASSAGEMAKER MAGAZINE ARTICLE

  BY SALLY BEE BROWN

PassageMaker magazine article - Feb 2009
   Click here for information on obtaining the article at:
   Passagemaker magazine


   At the Passagemaker website, also read about one of Linda's
   "Radar Training Exercises"

   and her experience "Towing a Disabled Vessel"
   (Author: Sally Bee Brown)



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Captain Linda Lewis Contact Information