Christian Hempstead, Master Mariner, began his coastal and ocean navigation career as a lad using very old fashioned methods. He continued piloting as limited tonnage captain. Then for 19 years he shipped on US flag tankers as senior deck officer, experiencing the transition to GPS and ECDIS (electronic chart) navigation. During that time, he completed an MA in literature. Following a calling to teach, he came ashore in 2000 as professional instructor and eventually full professor at USMMA. He contributed ECDIS training requirements to STCW-2010, and developed the 2012 revision to the IMO ECDIS Model Course 1.27, based on in depth experience in navigation and training. Since 2013 he has run Hempstead Maritime Training full time, focusing on ECDIS navigation and simulation trainer training.