Training Options

Getting Started with SonarWiz  
Quick Start Guides

If you are new to SonarWiz and purchase at least one new SonarWiz license, we want to make you and your team comfortable using it. The first place to start is our Quick Start page, where you will find How To guides and 8 five minute videos covering all major modules.

2 Hour Zoom Session

New for 2022, we offer a complimentary 2-hour Zoom session to get you started with your new license. The session covers installing and licensing SonarWiz and a brief tutorial on using SonarWiz to process a sample data set. During the class, we answer as many SonarWiz questions as time allows.

Up to 5 people can participate in this Zoom session, to be held during our normal business hours, 9:00am - 8:00pm EST. Existing customers who want to onboard new users can also schedule a session. Please call +650-967-2045 or email for details.

Training Workshops

We schedule comprehensive hands-on training courses twice a year mainly in the USA. The courses last two or three days and more recently have included Introduction to SonarWiz and manufacturer demonstrations and presentations. Attendees will learn to use SonarWiz for sidescan, sub-bottom, multibeam, single beam, and magnetometry processing. Training includes a 14 day demo license, reference guides and sample data sets to use SonarWiz during and after class. 


Chesapeake has long offered custom onsite training as well as an annual workshop. More recently we have been forced by COVID and travel restrictions to offer additional options. We hosted a three day Webinar in December 2020 and two day webinar in June 2021 instead of our traditional in person events. In addition to these paid trainings, many hours of How To videos are available on our site and our YouTube channel.


We now make the recordings of the entire two or three days of instruction available for purchase. Individuals can access the 24 hours of audio and video recording, training materials, SonarWiz evaluation license and User Guides for $250.00.

"On the behalf of the USACE Survey Unit, I wanted to say thank you again for the training. The team spoke highly of you as a trainer, and felt that the event was a success too."
- Jory Bunn, USACE CENAO
"I would like to thank you for the great training session you provided for us. The students were very happy with what they have learned."
- Piotr Bojakowski, Texas A&M Maritime Archaeology
"Thank you very much for giving such a great training. Our customer is very happy."
- Alex Palmeiro, Nautilus
On-Site Training

We offer custom training designed to your specific requirements and equipment, delivered at your location. This includes classroom elements as well as on-board, hands-on training at sea to ensure you have the opportunity to use our software in your specific setting and circumstances.

Ask for a sample course outline as a starting point for what we can deliver on site. Final content will be customized based on the specific sonar equipment you’re using, where you’ll be operating and the types of surveys you’ll be conducting, and the output you want to generate.

Please contact us so we can discuss your needs, when we might conduct the training, and costs.

Full Day & Half Day Zoom Sessions

In 2021 we started providing full day and half day custom training by Zoom since travel was difficult or impossible. Onsite sessions are typically two or three full day events for up to 8 trainees. Remote Zoom sessions are for up to 12 attendees and are customized to the needs of each company. Plenty of time is allowed for questions and answers during and after the session(s). 

Both Chesapeake and users found the half day sessions to be particularly helpful as they allow trainees to carry on with their regular business day. It can be more productive and less disruptive than traveling to meet in person or spending all day in a class. Another benefit to both is that Chesapeake records the sessions and can make them available afterwards for further study and review. Please contact Sales for more information, +650-967-2045 or