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Sailing Navigation Courses — OSS 105

Piloting and Electronic Aides


During an Offshore Sailing School Coastal Navigation course (OSS 105) you learn electronic navigation with emphasis on back-up piloting, using traditional navigation aids. You may think with GPS, chart plotters, and other electronic aids you don’t need to know the theory and techniques of piloting with charts and the stars. When batteries die and electricity fails on your boat, you always should have a back-up, and that’s what you will learn in our comprehensive sailing navigation courses. Join a boat navigation course below and get in touch if you have any questions.
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“You get a lot out of these courses because of the depth of experience of the instructors. My Coastal Navigation instructor had circumnavigated the globe in a round-the-world regatta. You can’t ask for more experience than that.”

Gregory Pierson – New York, NY
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Comprehensive Coastal Navigation Course – OSS 105

This comprehensive sailing navigation course is offered in our shore classrooms over a one or two-day period*, following two days of home study. You may also take it in conjunction with our Coastal Passage Making Course, as the first one or two days* are all about Navigation *Check with your Sales Associate to learn which course dates are one or two day of Navigation..

*Navigation schedule will change to one day before Coastal Passage Making for some dates in 2024. Check with our Sales Associate.

OSS 106 – Coastal Passage Making Courses Include Extensive Navigation Instruction

During this time you work through the US Sailing Coastal Navigation Course textbook exercises with an expert Offshore Sailing School instructor. The one or two-day classroom Coastal Navigation Course is available on select dates at our Florida campuses. No sailing experience is required if you are just taking the shore-based navigation portion of a passage making course.

Our Sailing Navigation Course covers:

  • Charts, chart types and corrections
  • Aids to navigation
  • Navigational inputs
  • Piloting
  • Deviation and variation
  • Plotting set and drift
  • Bearings
  • Running fixes
  • Lines of position
  • Ranges
  • Tides and currents
  • Speed, time and distance
  • Log procedures
  • Electronic navigation
  • Inshore piloting
  • Learning about navigating in fog
  • Learning about navigating in heavy weather

Prerequisites: No sailing or prior navigation experience required


Sailing Navigation Course packages include:

  • Complete one or two-day Coastal Navigation Course, following two days of home study
  • US Sailing Coastal Navigation textbook
  • US Sailing Coastal Navigation certification testing
  • Three nights accommodations and daily resort fee plus taxes
  • Testing for US Sailing Coastal Navigation Certification
  • Course diploma
  • Colgate logbook (or page for logbook if you have taken other Offshore Sailing School certification courses)
  • Coastal Navigation Certification sticker for logbook sent from US Sailing after course if you pass certification test
  • Exclusive benefit from The Sailing Company – your choice of a year’s subscription to Cruising World or Sailing World magazine, sent to U.S. mailing address


Sample Schedule for OSS 105

Day 1*

9:00-12:00 – Classroom lecture and exercises
12:00-2:00 – Lunch break
2:00-5:00  – Classroom lecture and exercises

Day 2*

9:00-12:00 –  Classroom lecture and exercises
12:00-2:00 – Lunch break
2:00-5:00 – Coastal Navigation Certification Test

*Call 888-454-7015 to confirm course schedule on specific dates at specific locations.

Offshore Sailing School knows we cannot thrive without great employees and products. All graduates are asked to fill out an evaluation at the end of the course. The following testimonials come from those evaluations and individual correspondence with recent graduates of the Catamaran Live Board Coastal Navigation Course, or shore-based navigation courses. Many are happy to correspond by email or phone with you. If you would like us to put you in touch with anyone below, please call 888-454-7015 or email

“Class work was great and I plan on using it on my next sail.”
Sam Hahn – New York, NY

“This is an excellent teaching/learning experience with intensive plotting and chart work. Our instructor was very clear and precise in his explanations, obviously understood the topic, and was very patient with the class.”
Brian Chanatry – Jamesville, NY