We offer both traditional Celestial Navigation (ASA 107) and the new Basic Celestial Navigation (ASA 117). Either one can be taken as a classroom course or independent study / correspondence.
Both Basic Celestial Navigation (ASA 117) and Celestial Navigation (ASA 107) meet the standards for Offshore Passagemaking (ASA 108).
This course covers how to find position at sea from timed sextant sights of the sun, moon, stars, and planets plus other routine and special procedures of safe, efficient offshore navigation. Coastal Navigation (ASA 105) and Basic Celestial Navigation (ASA 117) are prerequisites. The only math involved is arithmetic (adding and subtracting angles and times). This is a practical, how-to-do-it course, which also includes clear explanations of how it works and how to do it well. Plus this course includes other crucial factors of ocean navigation besides just finding out where you are from the stars, such as logbook procedures, dead reckoning, error analysis, route planning, etc. At the end of this course, you will be ready for ocean navigation. Thousands of students have successfully learned celestial from these materials and gone on to cross oceans or circumnavigate the globe.
All text materials are provided to complete the course. The only thing extra you might need are basic plotting tools (parallel rules, dividers and protractor). If you have no tools now, then our plotting tool kit will provide what you need... not just for the course, but for all of your future navigation underway as well.
You do not need a sextant to do the course. We provide sextants in the class to help you establish familiarity.
Celestial Course Topics include:
- Lat, Lon, and nautical miles
- Principles of celestial navigation
- Sextant usage and care
- Noon sights for latitude
- Running fixes from the sun
- Ocean dead reckoning
- Time keeping
- Sextant sights and sight reduction of sun, moon, stars, and planets
- Star ID and sight planning
- Daily procedures and logbooks
- Route planning
- Compass checks at sea
- High seas radio usage
- Landfall procedures
- Use of calculators
- Use of NAO sight reduction tables
- Plus emergency navigation techniques and notes on the latest developments in GPS
We start from the basics in Basic Celestial (ASA 117) which is why Basic Celestial and Coastal Navigation are prerequisites. Many thousands of students have successfully learned celestial navigation from these materials and gone on to do everything from extended day sailing to bareboat chartering or even world cruising in their own boats.
With the electronic components, you can take the complete course with you as you travel, or use it to search the complete set of materials for specific topics. If you prefer to work on your own without computers, you have a complete syllabus with practice exercises and answers in the printed materials. If you want extra structure to your training, then take part in the online course for more discussion and individual quizzes at each lesson. See online / correspondence option below!
CLASS SCHEDULE for Celestial Navigation Classroom Course:
Currently offered only as correspondence course will conduct classroom class upon demand. Please express your interest by sending us a form.
$299, including text materials. Optional Star Finder and sextants sold separately.
Directions to Sailcrafters
7450 Oxford Street, St. Louis Park, MN 55426
From Hwy 169
Take exit for Hwy 7 East
Hwy 7 east to Louisiana Ave S
At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Louisiana Ave S
Turn right onto Oxford St, Sailcrafters will be on the right
From Hwy 100
Take exit for Hwy 7 West
Hwy 7 west to Louisiana Ave S
Turn right onto Louisiana Ave S, make a U-turn
At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit and stay on Louisiana Ave S
Turn right onto Oxford St, Sailcrafters will be on the right.
Independent Study Class / Correspondence
Independent Study Class / Correspondence. This course can be completed by students who are remotely located. It usually requires some time spent with a navigation instructor by e-mail or telephone. Cost is $259 which includes the Starpath materials (shown in photo). We like to interview prospective students in this category. Please call.
We recommend that you purchase a 2102-D Star Finder which goes with the Star Finder book that comes in the package. We offer the Weems & Plath Star Finder listed below.
The Starpath Celestial Navigation Home Study Course includes a total paper course package as well as a comprehensive electronic version of the entire course as a download. With this combination you can choose the media that is most convenient to you at the time. Use the search engines and software resources from the computer and use the printed texts for study away from a computer.
Note: Software requires Windows operating system.
Available for purchase
Navigation instruments by Weems & Plath.
2102-D Star Finder: $42.00
8" Rolling parallel plotter: $18.00* - or - 12" parallel rules: $14.00*
Ultra light 7" dividers: $17.00.
Nautical Slide Rule: $19.00.
Chart Protractor: $20.00.
Chart No. 1: $14.00.
Coast Guard Navigation Rules: $13.00. (All prices include tax.)
*Both instruments are ideal for chart books.
Prerequisite for this course
Coastal Navigation (ASA 105) and Basic Celestial Navigation (ASA 117)
Call Northern Breezes Sailing School at 763-542-9707 to register or with questions.