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This course requires Navigation I
This course requires Navigation II
This course requires Seamanship I
This course requires Seamanship II
Our Coastal Navigation course is designed to acquaint you with all the tools, publications and skills required for successful coastal navigation. It also provides you with all the academic and theoretical knowledge you need to develop great navigation skills in the Coastal Passagemaking course. Coastal navigation skills are the underpinning of all safe and efficient distance cruising, whether you're harbor hopping to Mexico or just occasionally out of sight of land because of Bay fog. You will learn not only how to find your way and how to identify and avoid hazards along your route, but also how to minimize the distance you need to travel and maximze your progress toward your destination. In addition, many of the concepts and skills taught in this class are directly transferable to Celestial Navigation as well.
Successful completion prepares you to:
Two 3-hour classroom sessions 10am–1pm and 2pm–5pm, every other Sunday plus homework each week. (24 hours of classroom instruction)
Home Study Option (Please call us for details: 800.223.2984)
The Coastal Navigation text will be sent to you upon registration.
Homework and excerpts from nautical publications will be distributed on the first day of class.
A complete set of homework solutions on CD with all plotting problems graphically presented for maximum understanding and easy review of plotting protocols. Also distributed on the first day of class.
Chart #18649 "San Francisco Entrance"
Chart #18645 "Gulf of Farallones"
Chart #18680 "Point Sur to San Francisco"
Chart #1210TR – a training chart. This chart is used for practice and also for the US Sailing test. Upon completion of the exam, this chart is kept by OCSC as part of the official exam paperwork.
In addition to the materials OCSC provides, you must have or acquire the following tools and items:
Chart # 1 – "Nautical Chart Symbols, Abbreviations, and Terms"
Triangles, Parallel Rules or Course Plotter (Portland plotters are recommended)
Dividers (one- or two-handed version – 7” recommended)
Pencils (mechanical with 0.5 or 0.7 mm leads are recommended)
Erasers (Pentel Clic, or similar soft eraser recommended – they are kind to charts.)
Calculator (capable of Base 6 calculations for time and angles)
All of the above items are available at the OCSC Pro Shop (at a 10 percent discount for club members) and at any marine supply store. If you choose to purchase from us, please call in advance of the course to purchase them so we can ship them to you or have them set aside for you to pick up.
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OCSC's Coastal Passagemaking course is intensive, challenging and incredibly rewarding. Completion will prepare you for difficult coastal passages.