Navigation Course

Coastal Navigation ASA 105 Certification

Whether you’ve just completed Basic Hands-On Sailing or you have been sailing for years, you know how important it is to know where you are going. Our Coastal Navigation course teaches you basic navigation skills.

Our 15 hour course is taught over three days. The next ASA 105 Navigation course will be held on Sunday November 5th, 12 noon – 5 PM, Saturday November 11th, 12 noon – 5 PM and Sunday November 12th, 12 noon- 5 PM.

Certification topics for ASA 105 include:
Electronic Navigation: proper use of Global Positioning Satellites (GPS)

Charts: learn to read US nautical charts and understand the symbols and conventions they contain

Tide and Current Tables: use of tables to determine changes in sailing conditions and how to steer taking into account known current and leeway

Use of compass, parallel rules and dividers.

Plotting courses using speed, distance, and time.

Allow for the effect of current and leeway to plot the estimated position.
Determine a course to steer which takes into account known current and leeway.
Determine current given the course steered and speed and two observed positions.
Plot a chart position from terrestrial objects using: Two or more bearings on different objects taken at one time. Bearings at different times (i.e. a running fix). One bearing and transit range.One distance (i.e. a sounding or dipping a light) and one bearing.

Use the above techniques to chart a course of at least 20 miles and 3 course changes.

If you want a better understanding of navigation techniques and regulations, or would like to plot a sailing course to a new destination, this is the class for you!

Cost: $375 includes text, charts, parallel rules, dividers, and exam. Additional ASA $75 certification fee. Fee waived if you have any previous ASA certification.
Next course: November 5th, November 11th and November 12th, 12PM – 5PM (Three Day Course)

“We are glad we took your navigation course as last week we sat in fog with no land in site. It’s the first time that happened – a real trip! Thanks for helping us find our way back.” Dean Metz, Manhattan, New York