This course is designed to teach you all of the old (coastal - within sight of land) navigation tricks used by the sailing masters prior to the age of electronic navigation.
Not caring about Coastal Navigation is a lot like learning how to fly and expecting the planes computer to land it every time. If the computer fails, it's going to get messy.
No prerequisites required for this course.
You will have been taught all of the most common techniques used for 100's of years to navigate close to shore (where it counts). The assumptions of the course are that you are always sailing in foul weather and the engine died long enough ago that there is no longer any electricity available.
Live Online Webinars: This class is only taught by an instructor, online, typically starting on the 2nd Tuesday evening of February each year, running from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. MST. For the year 2018, the starting date will be Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Recorded sessions are available at any time.
Recorded Sessions: Since all of the sessions are recorded it is possible to start at any time and run through the recorded webinars at your own pace. For 2 years from the date of purchase, you will be considered an "Active" student and will have access to all of the videos and live presentations to complete the class. You can reset the clock and retake the course for the cost of the materials package.
Any "active" student can attend any of the live online sessions
- After you have registered, you will receive an automated email with instructions & credentials for the recorded classes.
- If you are registering for the course withing a month of a series of live presentations, you will also get access codes to "GoToWebinar.com"
- We will be mailing out your package containing the items listed below under the "Included" section..
- To see an example of one of our online theory videos - Coastal Nav Class 1.3 - Lat Long and the Naut. Mile.
- The following is a list of current charts we use.
- U.S. 13218 Martha's Vineyard to Block Island
- B&W copy of U.S. 18521 Columbia River.
- B&W copy of NZ 5322 Approaches to Auckland Harbour
- B&W copy of AUS 200 Port Jackson (Sidney, Australia) Harbour
- B&W copy of Brazil 24161 Rio de Janeiro Harbour
- B&W copy of Canadian 3463 - Strait of Georgia.
- B&W copy of Vancouver Harbour
- Relevant photocopies of government publications - List of Lights (U.S. and New Zealand), Coastal Pilot (U.S. and New Zealand), Table 18 from Bowditch, Tide and current tables (U.S.).
- Questions and answers for each section.
- Access to the online classes material for a period of 2 years.
- Ability to write the ASA exam.
- Rolling Ruler (or parallel rulers)
- Several pencils and a large eraser
Please follow this link - Store/Navigation Courses.
Course runs for 9 consecutive weeks plus a 10th week for the exam, beginning on February 13, 2018.
Topics covered are:
- Definitions of navigational terms (Domestic & International).
- Pro and Cons of different types of necessary navigation equipment.
- Symbols, abbreviations and conventions for U.S. Hydrographic Charts.
- Symbols, abbreviations and conventions for International Hydrographic Charts - they are different.
- What to look for (navigation wise) when approaching a foreign harbor.
- Usage of all the government publications - light list, coastal pilot.
- Applicable Rules of the Road, both U.S. and foreign.
- Thorough coverage of the use of Tide and Current Tables.
- Understanding of compass errors.
- Creation of a deviation card for a compass.
- Plotting a dead reckoning position.
- How to use a danger bearing.
- Quick calculations for Speed Of Boat (no knotmeter) and distance away from a light.
- Five different methods of determining your position (3 bearing fix, doubling the angle on the bow, Bowditch table 17, advancing a line of position, depth sounder navigation).
- Calculating and adjusting for drift (non tidal).
- Calculating and adjusting for tidal set and drift.