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Coastal Navigation

Formats

Classroom or Home study - the choice is yours!

Classroom

The 8 session classroom course is run only during the fall and winter sesaons. We will organize a course at other times if there is enough demand. There is lots of hands-on examples and graduates are encouraged to sign up for some on-the-water practice during the season.

Home Study

For the home study format you get all the same material and coaching you just do not attend the classroom sessions. It is recommended that you take no more than three months but it is up to you to decide. Take as much time as you need to complete the course at your own pace but the coaching element is only valid for 6 months.

Both Formats

Regardless of the chosen format the course fee includes email and telephone coaching plus:

Home study Format

For the home study format you get all the same material and coaching you just do not attend the classroom sessions. The material has been designed to be used in either format. The classroom format usually takes place over an 8 week period and it is recommended that you take no more than three months to complete your home study course but it is up to you to decide. Take as much time as you need to complete the course at your own pace.

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Coastal Navigation

Cruising in familiar local waters requires skills in a form of navigation known as conning. This could be termed "eyeball & seat of the pants navigation" as most decisions are made with respect to local knowledge with minimal reference to charts etc. It relies on lots of experience and extensive local knowledge.

Sailing & Navigation Chart

As soon as you intend to venture a little away from familiar home waters a more involved set of navigation skills known as piloting, or coastal navigation, becomes appropriate. In addition to giving you those skills this course is a good basis for the more involved navigation skills required for multi-day voyages and extensive offshore cruising.

Charter compnaies are always happy to have clients who have completed this course as well as some practical on the water training and experience.

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Prerequisites:

None

What Next?

The next courses to consider are:
Celestial Navigation
Advanced Navigation