Coastal Navigation Course & Navigation Courses
If you are planning do some serious cruising sailing or want to learn piloting skills, Coastal Navigation is the perfect course. It is offered as a four-day classroom program or may be taken while cruising aboard one of our live-aboard catamarans for a week.
Whichever you choose, you get the foundation you need for safe, knowledgeable sailing with emphasis on using nautical charts. Many sailors and boaters these days rely solely on electronic devices (GPS and chart plotters) which are based on navigation principles and fundamentals that we teach in this course. Consider what can happen if your electronics go down, or you experience poor satellite acquisition or reception.
Learn how to navigate without electronic aids
If you do not know how to keep a navigational "paper trail" you run the risk of sailing far from your your destination, or getting in a whole lot of trouble.
The four-day classroom Coastal Navigation course is available select dates at our New York metro area and Florida campuses. No previous sailing experience is required for the classroom Coastal Navigation Course. Pre-requisites for the Catamaran Live Aboard Navigation course and Fast Track to Coastal Passage Making course are listed in their descriptions.
In the Coastal Navigation course you study the comprehensive US SAILING Coastal Navigation book step by step, learning the skills of traditional piloting with chart, compass, parallel rules and dividers – all provided during the course. You’ll achieve US SAILING Coastal Navigation certification after testing.
If you are considering long distance cruising, or even shorter overnights, we highly recommend you combine this course with our Coastal Passage Making course in Florida. You spend the first four days ashore, then hop aboard a 43’ to 50’ cruising boat for real hands-on training, cruising overnight and long distances.
Tuition for the 28-hour, four-day Coastal Navigation Course in New Jersey is $945 and includes your textbook and all materials, certification, diploma and logbook or page for logbook if you already have one from a previous course.
Florida packages per person, double occupancy starts at $1295 and includes:
- Complete four-day Coastal Navigation Course
- US Sailing Coastal Navigation textbook
- US Sailing Coastal Navigation certification
- Four nights accommodations with applicable tax, double occupancy
- Diploma and logbook or logbook page if you already have one from a previous course
- Exclusive benefit from The Sailing Company - your choice of a year's subscription to Cruising World or Sailing World magazine
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