New England Sailing Center (NESC)

Coastal Navigation Certification

Coastal Navigation Certification

  • Description:

Coastal Navigation is a classroom only navigational theory course that will teach you how to safely navigate a sailing yacht in coastal or inland waters. A combination of traditional techniques and electronic navigation systems will be covered.

It is common today for most sailors to rely on electronic navigational equipment such as a differential GPS or radar. The intent of this course is to expand on these modern systems to teach you how to confidently and safely navigate using a minimum of resources and traditional methods. Upon completion of this course you will have the insight and feel of a seasoned navigator. Contact us to check course availability and to schedule your course.

  • Prerequisites: None

NESC recommends that students have completed their Basic Keelboat and Basic Coastal Cruising certifications to ensure familiarity with standard yacht and sailing terminology.

  • Certification: ASA 105 Coastal Navigation Certification
  • Duration: Eight hours
  • Cost: $495

The cost includes text, materials and exam fee.

  • Curriculum:

Curriculum for this course includes Aids to Navigation, the Mercator chart, understanding use of a navigation log, safe inshore pilotage, weather information integration, navigational strategies, fog safety precautions, variation and deviation, plotting tools, and benefits and limitations of navigation systems.

Visit our Coastal Navigation Certification Overview for more information on this course.