Sailing Navigation Courses — OSS 105

Piloting and Electronic Aides

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The Coastal Navigation course is now offered completely online at a cost of $495. There are no prerequisites for this online boating navigation course. Once your enrollment is confirmed, you will receive an invitation to access the online classroom and then you may complete the modules at your leisure. During Offshore Sailing School’s Coastal Navigation course (OSS 105), you’ll 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. Students enrolled in the online Coastal Navigation course will need to purchase a set of plotting tools online or at a retail store such as, West Marine. Students who successfully pass the online course’s proctored test after completing the modules, will receive US Sailing Coastal Navigation certification, good for sail and powerboat skippers.
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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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OSS 106 – Coastal Passage Making Course

After working through the US Sailing Coastal Navigation Course textbook online exercises, you’ll be ready to take our Coastal Passage Making on-water 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


Your Online Sailing Navigation Course packages include:

  • US Sailing Coastal Navigation textbook
  • Online access to the Coastal Navigation course
  • US Sailing Coastal Navigation certification testing
  • 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


This is an online course. You may take it at your leisure.

*Call 888-454-7015 if you have any difficulties accessing the Online Coastal Navigation course through the “Book Now” button on this website.

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



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