Coastal Navigation

  • 12 hours – four evenings over 2 weeks
  • US Sailing certification available
  • Navigational theory, practical skills and chartwork
  • Classroom-based to allow maximum time for charting practice and working through navigation problem

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A nautical chart is one of the most fundamental tools available to the mariner. Much like road maps, nautical charts provide basic navigation information, such as water depths and the locations of hazards. Learning how to navigate a boat is one of the most important things any skipper must learn. Essentially, nautical navigation is no more than knowing how to get from Point A to Point B. But the process can be a whole lot more challenging than simply pointing the bow in the right direction.  Coastal navigation focuses on navigational theory around coastal and inland waterways. while giving students and members a chance to practice chart work in the classroom.

This 12-hour course is classroom-only in order to maximize time for learning navigational theory and practicing chart work.

Over 12 hours (4 three-hour sessions) you will learn…
  • How to fix a position and determine a course to steer using both electronic and traditional tools.
  • How to understand symbols for aids to navigation (ATON) and read a chart.
  • How to pair a compass and a chart to fix a position.
  • How to use a divider, parallel rules, and a pencil and a chart to plot a course.
  • How, when, and why to calculate variation and deviation, set and drift, and danger bearings.
  • How to properly use tide and current tables, light lists, and other critical references.

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Cancellation and Refund Policy: Please note that in an effort to keep our courses and memberships as affordable as possible, we must limit changes in schedule and membership. Because staff and instructors are hired and scheduled in advance, Courageous memberships, lessons, and/or other program fees are not refundable for any reason, including cancellation due to weather, or the participant’s inability to utilize the membership, lesson, or program. That said, we do understand that sometimes life gets in the way of sailing plans and, if necessary, we will work with you to reschedule for a later date. We cannot reschedule lessons within two weeks of their start date unless we are able to fill the spot with another student. All rescheduled lessons purchased before September 1 must be completed before the end of the season for which they were purchased; if purchased between September 1 and October 31, rescheduled lessons must be completed before June 30 of the following year.