Black Laser Learning Training Programs & Seminars

Whether training military units in advanced post-mission analysis of sonar imagery for mine hunting, showing search & recovery groups how to find drowning victims or explaining marine technology to a group of students, Black Laser Learning’s informative and compelling programs are tailored to each audience’s needs.  Our instructors distill complex topics into simple concepts which improve success in the field, whether you are a novice or advanced operator.

Choose from Black Laser Learning’s Proven Courses

Technological improvements in economical hull-mounted systems such as Humminbird® sonars has led to their widespread adoption by the Law Enforcement, Search & Recovery and Civil Engineering communities.  Because the professionals in these organizations need to master multiple skills and technologies and probably don’t use sonar daily, a critical component of the instruction is that it is direct, focused and easily recalled.  With this in mind, Black Laser Learning® has developed courses, all of which combine classroom training with real-world experience on the water, but are tailored for different groups, schedules and budgets.

Click here for more information on our range of Humminbird® and Sonar EMILY training courses.

“We have been using sonar equipment for almost two years with little to show for it until we took a class from Black Laser Learning.  The technical expertise and instruction was unparalleled and with attending a two day class have empowered our team to fully utilize our equipment and modify our operational guidelines to better serve our citizens.  I highly recommend this course to any water rescue team.”

Kurt Buhler – Lieutenant – Denver Fire Department

Customize Marine Technology Training Programs

Black Laser Learning can develop user-specific programs, utilizing examples and content pertinent to the participants’ mission and knowledge level. Training programs have been developed for the following sonar operators:

  • HMA HUEDS Survey teams
  • Navy Mine Counter Measure Units
  • Law Enforcement/Homeland Security
  • Shipwreck/Archaeological Organizations
  • Marine Rescue Units
  • Navy Mobile Diving & Salvage Units
  • Marine Survey Companies
  • US Navy Underwater Construction Team (UCT)

Training Topics Include:

  • Side Scan Sonar: Operations & Data processing
  • Geophysics for Surveyors
  • Introduction to Synthetic Aperture Sonar
  • Introduction to AUV Operations
  • Single Beam Hydrographic Surveys
  • Magnetometer Operations
  • Scanning Sonar Operations
  • Image Interpretation and Advanced Post-Mission Data Analysis for Side Scan Sonar Operators

“Vince Capone’s practical approach to side scan instruction took the mystery out of both the theory and the application of these powerful surveying tools. During the week our faculty and staff spent with Mr. Capone, he demonstrated an impressive ability to enlighten the complete novice as well as to empower those with past experience toward greater surveying goals.”

Steve Evertt, Marine Operations Manager – Stockton State College


Keynote, Educational and Adventure Presentations

Our Founder, Vince Capone, has spent a lifetime working on all the world’s oceans making discoveries and collecting scientific data.  He quickly engages audiences and has a natural ability to put everyone at ease.  From searching the open ocean for WWII submarines to working on remote lakes in Alaska, the audience travels along on unique experiences, all the while gaining an understanding of the ecosystems, cultures and history associated with these travels.  A self-employed scientist for over 35 years, Vince has a unique understanding of science, business and technology.

“The Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, whose members are orthopedic surgeons from the 20 midwestern states, engage a notable speaker for their Annual Meeting whose expertise is not in orthopedic surgery, but can enlighten our meeting attendees about something of great interest to a diverse audience of surgeons, their spouses and children, and guests. Vince Capone, underwater sonar explorer representing Black Laser Learning, met that challenge by providing an exceptionally entertaining and educational experience punctuated with adventure, exploration, history, science, and technology as he presented his underwater sonar expertise in ‘Submerged Treasures: A Quest of Serendipity and Perseverance.’ His was an account of real adventure and exploration in a world few experience, described in sight and sound which would captivate anyone at any age.”

Thomas L. Schmidt, M.D. – Historian – Mid-America Orthopaedic Association

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