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The NS Team has established two scheduled training sessions held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month from 2000 hours until 2200 hours.

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AV TRAINING 1 – Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 2000 to 2130 hrs.

1        Understanding the AV Qualification Process. (Updated presentation)

2        Review of the AV/PQS.

         Have you downloaded a copy of the AV/PQS from WWW.USCGAAN.COM  prior to this training session?

3        Review of the required District Specific Tasks.

         Have you downloaded a copy of the District Specific Tasks from WWW.USCGAAN.COM  prior to this training       session?                     


AV TRAINING 2 – Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 2000 to 2130 hrs.

1.      Introduction to the free and on-line Nautical Almanacs used by AVs

Review the following documents on the NS Web Site at WWW-USCGAAN-COM.  These are the reference documents that you will be using to check the published references for private aids and bridges. The District Staff uses these documents to establish and check data, and for each AV to reference in the course of their duty as an AID Verification.

·          The Harbormaster Private Aid to Navigation System.

·          Corrected Light List

·          LNM-Local Notice to Mariners

·          Chart No. 1

·          Corrected Coast Pilot

·          The Navigation Systems Calculator

 2.      Understanding the Federal Regulations for Private Aids to Navigation (PATONs).

Read Part 66 of the Federal Regulations for Private aids to Navigation available of the Private Aids web page at WWW.USCGAAN.COM before this session. These are the rules and regulations that you, as an AV, need to know in order to make correct and accurate decisions in the field.


3.      An Introduction to NOAA Nautical Charts and the Open/CPN Chart system.

We check out the various Nautical Chart packages that are available on the NS Web Site at WWW.USCGAAN.COM. This training is a comprehensive experience of all of the important elements of a NOAA Nautical Chart which is basic to your effectiveness as an Aid Verifier. Being able to correctly measure and plot private aids on electronic nautical charts is an important part of the AV experience.


 AV TRAINING 3 – Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 2000 to 2130 hrs.

1.       The Basic Aid to Navigation (ATON) Training presentation

This session deals with the specifications and physical aspects of private aids to navigation and their uses.  You will use the information that you learn from this session for every private aid that you verify and check as an Aid Verifier.


2.      A brief Introduction to the use of Open/CPN NOAA on-line charts by Mike Quinn

This important session introduces you to the Open/CPN NOAA Charts that AVs should be using when verifying or checking private aids.


 AV TRAINING 4 – Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 2000 to 2130 hrs.

1.      Private Aid to Navigation (PATON) Discrepancy Training.

You are introduced to the more frequent discrepancies that you may encounter in the field. This is a more practical look at private aids seen through the eyes of a professional AV that you are studying to become. 


AV TRAINING 5 – Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 2000 to 2130 hrs.

1.       How to Use the new PATON Run Sheet.

Run Sheets are used in the field for collecting the required observations on a private aid. Proper use of these tools for collecting field observations makes the final PATON CG7054 Report preparation a simple and accurate task.


2.       Operational SOP for performing a scheduled Tri-annual verification or check on a Private Aid. (Updated)

This critical training session explains the Standard Operating Procedure for verifying a private aid to navigation in the field from the pre-underway check at the dock to the submission of the 7054 PATON Report on the on-line Harbormaster System.


AV TRAINING 6 – Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 2000 to 2130 hrs.

1.      Using Open/CPN Charts for verifying and checking Private Aids and the Garmin GPS 78S

These free on-line charts can easily be maintained in a highly accurate state and offer the AV a series of on-line navigation tools to perform all of the required navigational tasks quickly and accurately.


2.      Using Open CPN Charts for Chart Updating projects.

Special navigational techniques for performing Chart Updating are explained.


 AV TRAINING 7 – Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 2000 to 2130 hrs.

1.      Downloading Open/CPN NOAA Charts onto your personal computer.

In this session, you will learn to download the Division 1 Open/CPN Chart package onto your Personal Computer.  This will give you the benefit of the latest updated charts directly from NOAA.  Typical on-line commercial chart packages, that are available, are often up to one or two years out of date and are, therefore, not usable for verifying private aids to navigation.

There are also some special application packages that NS has developed that makes the verification job quicker and highly accurate.


2.      Updating your Open/CPN NOAA charts on your personal computer.

This session shows you how to easily correct your Open/CPN Charts on line. These updates bring your NOAA charts to include all of the latest LNM – Local Notice to Mariners corrections.  This saves AVs hours of efforts maintaining our chart packages and providing our AVs with the most accurate data available.  This is a critical part of the AV 100% accuracy goal.


AV TRAINING 8 – Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 2000 to 2130 hrs.

1.       Understanding bridge lighting and safety equipment specifications.

Read the Federal Regulation about Bridge Lighting specifications and operating regulations before this session on the NS Web Site –  These bridge regulations are a training course in themselves.


2.       Using the on-line Bridge Reporting System.

Log onto the Bridge System and familiarize yourself with the various screens and their purpose before this training session. The purpose and use of these various screens will be demonstrated in this session.  Like the PATON System, there is an Auxiliary Screening function designed into the Bridge System and, if needed, a report rejection process.  We use the rejection process as an on-the-job training tool.


AV TRAINING 9 – Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 2000 to 2130 hrs.

1.       How to prepare the required CG 7054 PATON Report on-line on the Harbormaster System.

Since you will not be allowed access to the Harbormaster System until you are AV qualified, this training session is presented on-line and walks you through the various options for creating and submitting a CG7054 PATON Report. You have to submit on-line 7054 PATON Reports as part of your AV Qualification training.


2.       Understanding the PATON Program Screening Process.

When you submit a 7054 PATON Report, it suspended before it is sent to the PATON owner and the USCG.  This screening process will be demonstrated and explained during this important training session. Note that the screener as the capability to correct your 7054 PATON Report in order to maintain the Navigation Systems 100% Report Accuracy Goal.  We use this rejection feature as an on-the-job training tool.  If you make a mistake or fail to provide a complete report, we think that it is important that you are alerted to the problem.  Our experience is that AVs learn so much more about private aids by doing rather than attending class room presentations.  Our guidance with the use of the rejection feature is an important tool for continuing an AV’s private aid program education.


3.       Review of the AV’s Copy of the 7054 PATON Report.

AVs receive a copy of the 7054 PATON Report after it is accepted by the PATON Screener.  This important training session will demonstrate and explain what fields are important for the AV to review in order to avoid future report rejections.  AVs are asked to think of this report as an on-the-job training exercise.


4.       Review of the AV’s Copy of the PATON Rejection Report.

When the PATON Screener cannot make appropriate corrections to your 7054 PATON Report, your report will be rejected.  This training session explains what happens when this option is selected.  A copy of an actual rejection report will be demonstrated.  AV follow up procedures will be explained.

A final check ride is required. You will be asked to handle two or more PATONs on a Run Sheet and direct the AV verification with the boat crew to complete a verification exercise on the aids through the complete in the field procedure cycle from checking the equipment, using the Run Sheet, making and recording and submitting the CG5074 PATON Reports. Your job will be to convince the assigned AV examiner of you competency as an AV.


IMPORTANT:  Please e-mail the DSO-NS at of your intentions to attend this training.  Reminder e-mails will be sent one day prior to the training.  Much of the AV qualification tasks can be completed by attending this training.


Past Webex Training from 2017
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Session 1 - 2/21/17-Overview of the AV Qualification Process.

Session 2 - 3/14/17-Introduction to the free and on-line Nautical Almanacs used by AVs

Session 3 - 3/21/17 - The Basic Aid to Navigation (ATON) Training presentation

Session 4 - 3/28/17 - Private Aid to Navigation (PATON) Discrepancy Training and Introduction to OpenCPN

Session 5 - 4/11/17 - How to Use the new PATON Run Sheet, Operational SOP for performing a scheduled Tri-annual verification or check on a Private Aid

Session 6 - 4/18/17 - Using Open/CPN Charts for verifying and checking Private Aids, the Garmin GPS 78S and Google Earth overlay.

Session 7 - 4/25/17 - Installing Open/CPN NOAA Charts onto your personal computer.

Session 8 - 5/9/17 - Understanding bridge lighting and safety equipment specifications

Session 9 - 5/16/17 - How to prepare the required CG 7054 PATON Report on-line on the Harbormaster System



D-Train PowerPoint Presentations
GPS-78s - Mike Quinn
OpenCPN - Mike Quinn


Take this opportunity to join a unique group of skilled Auxiliarists who verify the Private Aids and survey the Bridges of First Northern.

 Current and qualified Aid Verifiers are also invited to upgrade their navigation skills and experiences narrated by highly skilled AVs.

Coxswains and Boat Crew qualified Auxiliarists are especially requested to become Aid Verifier qualified since the PATON and Bridge programs are a perfect match for Operational activities.

Please pass this information to your Flotilla and Division members.

Contact Frank Larkin, DSO-NS 013 if you have any questions about these programs.

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