Navigation 1 Course

Modern-Day Navigation Concepts

Welcome to “Navigation 1,” an engaging and flexible online program designed to build a solid foundation in navigation for all sailors and boaters. This course focuses on essential skills and techniques to ensure safe and effective navigation of our waterways. Whether you’re a novice or looking to refresh your skills, you’ll gain the knowledge and tools needed to navigate confidently using both traditional and modern methods. Join us and master the art of navigation—Enroll today!

At Offshore Sailing School, we are proud to be one of the few schools with access to this new course and the only one to have created an online version of it. Soon, completing this course will be a prerequisite for receiving your Bareboat Certification.

Screenshot of the Navionics app displaying a maritime navigation chart of Southwest Florida, used as a practical tool in the Electronic Navigation 1 course.

  • Context of Modern Navigation
  • Navigation Concepts
  • Using Electronic Navigation Systems
  • Aids to Navigation (ATON)
  • Tides and Currents
  • Eyeball Piloting
  • Independent Navigation Systems
  • Trip Planning


  • US Sailing Navigation 1 e-book
  • Online access to the Navigation 1 course
  • US Sailing Navigation 1 certification testing
  • Course Diploma
  • Colgate logbook (or page for logbook if you have taken other Offshore Sailing School certification courses)
  • Navigation 1 Certification sticker for logbook sent from US Sailing after the course if you pass the certification test


On your couch, in the office, on a beach somewhere, it’s up to you! With our online curriculum, you will be able to learn at your pace wherever you have a signal!

  • 4-6 hours expected time to complete the course including the exam