Coastal Navigation

Coastal Navigation: Advanced Cruising Techniques - ASA Course 105

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Classroom Location

Sailcrafters, 7450 Oxford Street, St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Description

We use the official American Sailing Association (ASA) textbook and accompanying PowerPoint CD edited by Captain Thom Burns, Northern Breezes. Thom does seminars on the subject at both the Strictly Sail, Chicago and the Minneapolis Boat Shows.

Learn the navigational theory and practical skills required to safely pilot a sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters. Learn how to take this solid foundation and integrate it into sensible, practical applications of GPS usage. This is a tool which is directly responsible for up to 25% of all groundings according to the Boat U.S. Seaworthy Magazine, which compiles data from the boating insurance industry. Students progress from dead reckoning to more complex piloting while incorporating tides, current, leeway, GPS and a brush of radar. This is a fun learning experience with ASA certification!

The evening course meets four times and allows plenty of weekend chart/problem time. The Saturday course meets two times. Both classes require dedicated practice time in order to get the most out of the class. "The key to success is doing problems!"

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Course Outline for Evening Class

Day 1: NAVIGATION, PILOTING AND CHARTS. Measuring direction and distance; utilizing the compass rose. READING NAUTICAL CHARTS. Chart symbols: Buoys, beacons, lights, soundings and danger symbols. DEAD RECKONING NAVIGATION. Measuring and plotting direction and distance, bearings and courses; speed-time-distance calculations, tacking upwind. BEARINGS AND FIXES. Using hand bearing compasses; plotting more bearings, use of soundings, deriving an estimated position, dipping a light, bow/stern versus beam bearings. BASIC GPS INTEGRATION.

Day 2: CORRECTING YOUR COURSE FOR CURRENT AND LEEWAY. Course, heading and track; determining set and drift of current; measuring leeway. TIDES AND TIDAL CURRENTS. Causes of tides and currents; using tables to predict height of tide, and set and drift of current; tidal current charts; visual indicators of current; shoaling effect; counter currents, insetting effect. FOG NAVIGATION. DR in fog; depth meter navigation; bearings in fog; Polynesian concepts and visual observations; surviving with shipping; Currents in fog. MORE GPS INTEGRATION.

Day 3: RULES OF THE ROAD. Right of way; avoiding close calls; skipper responsibilities; lights and Dayshapes; sound signals. GPS waypoints and routes, cross track errors, hierarchy of software commands. Introduction to RADAR. REVIEW AND FUN PROBLEMS. Transiting problems on Lake Superior from the Apostle Islands.

Day 4: Final Review items then EXAMINATION. Written exam cements independent navigational thinking and completes ASA requirements for Coastal Navigation certification.

 

Course Outline for Saturday Class

Day 1: NAVIGATION, PILOTING AND CHARTS. Measuring direction and distance; utilizing the compass rose. READING NAUTICAL CHARTS. Chart symbols: Buoys, beacons, lights, soundings and danger symbols. DEAD RECKONING NAVIGATION. Measuring and plotting direction and distance, bearings and courses; speed-time-distance calculations, tacking upwind. BEARINGS AND FIXES. Using hand bearing compasses; plotting more bearings, use of soundings, deriving an estimated position, dipping a light, bow/stern versus beam bearings. CORRECTING YOUR COURSE FOR CURRENT AND LEEWAY. Course, heading and track; determining set and drift of current; measuring leeway. BASIC GPS INTEGRATION. TIDES AND TIDAL CURRENTS. Causes of tides and currents; using tables to predict height of tide, and set and drift of current; tidal current charts; visual indicators of current; shoaling effect; counter currents, insetting effect. FOG NAVIGATION. DR in fog; depth meter navigation; bearings in fog; Polynesian concepts and visual observations; surviving with shipping; Currents in fog.  Introduction to RADAR. More GPS INTEGRATION. Transiting problems on Lake Superior from the Apostle Islands.

Day 2: RULES OF THE ROAD. Right of way; avoiding close calls; skipper responsibilities; lights and day shapes; sound signals. ELECTRONIC NAVIGATION. GPS waypoints and routes, cross track errors, hierarchy of software commands.REVIEW AND EXAMINATION. Written exam cements independent navigational thinking and completes ASA requirements for Coastal Navigation certification.

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Independent Study Class / Correspondence

This course has been successfully completed by several students who are remotely located. It usually requires some time spent with a navigation instructor by email or telephone. Cost is $149 for the correspondence course which comes with a book/study problems, and chart. The fee includes testing. We like to interview prospective students in this category. Please Call.

 

Course Fee

$249 includes course materials: Navigation Textbook and practice chart. $35 discount for couples sharing materials (any two people signing up together).

 

Required Tools

A set of Parallel Rules and Dividers are required for this course.
We sell Weems & Plath tools with the course at a better price than West Marine. They are suitable for chart books. Additional tools, items and books are available for purchase and are brought to class for your perusal.

 

Available for purchase

Navigation instruments by Weems & Plath.
12" parallel rules: $14.00 - or - 8" Rolling parallel plotter $18.00*
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

*Both instruments are ideal for chart books. They are lifelong instruments. No S&H or sales tax when purchased with the class.

 

CLASS SCHEDULE:

Jan-Feb 2018 (Dates are subject to change)

N1: 9AM-4PM Saturdays, with lunch break
1/27, 2/3/2018 (exam)
Closed

7-hour Sat. sessions 9AM-4PM

This is an intense class due to the two Saturdays of seven hours per day. Please allow time for study and practice problems in addition to our normal in-class problems.

 

Spring 2018 (Dates are subject to change)

N2: 9AM-4PM Saturdays, with lunch break
3/17, 3/24/2018 (exam)

7-hour Sat. sessions 9AM-4PM

This is an intense class due to the two Saturdays of seven hours per day. Please allow time for study and practice problems in addition to our normal in-class problems.

N3: 6-9PM Tuesdays
3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10/2018 (exam)

3-hour evening sessions 6-9 PM (or as close as possible)

 

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.

 

Prerequisite for this course

None.
This course along with Basic Cruising-ASA 103 and Bareboat Charter Certification-ASA 104 are prerequisites for Advanced Coastal Cruising-ASA 106 (long offshore passages).

Call Northern Breezes Sailing School at 763-542-9707 to register or with questions.

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Victor Gomes with Thom
Victor Gomes with Thom