Coastal Navigation Clinics

$45.00$160.00

HOLIDAY SPECIALS (end Dec 22nd)

Practical Navigation Clinics teach the physical art of navigation while incorporating veteran navigators’ tricks and techniques.  Navigation is fairly easy to learn, but often more difficult to plan and do while sailing – these clinics blend online knowledge training with practical clinics that include knowledge Q&A, practical instruction and hands-on practice.

Attend any or all three – great for learning or as a refresher if rusty…

• Clinic 1: The Basics, Navigation Tools, and Taking Bearings $100.00 $85.00 per student
• Clinic 2: Tides & Currents $100.00 $85.00 per student
• Clinic 3: Planning $50.00$45.00 per student, or FREE with a purchase of another clinic
All 3 Clinics$250.00$160.00 per student

Note: the online Coastal Navigation course is not included and must be purchased separately for $39.

Sailing Gift Certificate: certificate recipients can redeem for Coastal Navigation Clinics. See conditions for more details, or contact us for more info.

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Description

Practical Navigation Clinics teach the physical art of navigation while incorporating veteran navigators’ tricks and techniques.  Navigation is fairly easy to learn, but often more difficult to really plan and do while sailing – these clinics blend online knowledge training with practical clinics that include knowledge Q&A, practical instruction and hands-on practice.

Coastal Navigation teaches you how to plan a trip, plot highly efficient courses, and avoid the multitude of hazards using a variety of tools and knowledge. When sailors learn to use currents, tides and weather to their advantage then cruising truly becomes an art. “Wind and Waves favor the ablest navigator…”

Each clinic builds upon NauticEd’s online Coastal Navigation course modules. Simply, learn online at your own pace and then get hands-on training. Note: the online Coastal Navigation course is not included and must be purchased separately for $39.  This is to accommodate many students who already have the Coastal Nav online course…

Click on Tabs for details on each Clinic →

• Clinic 1: The Basics, Navigation Tools, and Taking Bearings

• Clinic 2: Tides & Currents

• Clinic 3: Planning

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Attend all or any clinics to learn and refresh navigational skills and pro tricks!


 

Clinic 1

The Basics, Navigation Tools, and Taking Bearings

Approx. 4 hours

Review the basics and become competent in taking and plotting bearings.  The clinic includes into plotting GPS, two and three point, running fixes.  Figuring out “Where am I?” with navigation tools and then getting from “here” to “there” is key to becoming a competent navigator!

In the Clinic: Atons, tools, taking and plotting fixes

  • Aton Recognition (both regions)
  • The compass and manipulating True North to Compass Card
  • Taking a fix – Practical
  • Tricks on Plotting LOPs
  • Plotting Fixes:
    • Two point
    • Three point
    • Estimated
    • GPS
    • Running
    • Dips
    • DRs
  • Use of Constant bearing
  • ETA Calculations

Online: Navigation Basics and Techniques.

Note: the online Coastal Navigation course is not included and must be purchased separately for $39.  This is to accommodate many students who already have the Coastal Nav online course…

Module 1: Navigation Introduction

  • Tools
  • History
  • Units
  • Lat and Long
  • ATONS (Need to do both regions)
  • ATON Lights
  • Chart Familiarization
    • Scale
    • Positioning
    • Updating
    • Symbols
    • Depth
    • Compass Rose (inc. variation)

Module 2: Navigation Techniques

  • Fixes
  • Dead Reckoning
  • Symbols Used by Navigators
  • Lines of Position
  • Position by LOP
  • What is Variation
  • What is Deviation
  • Conversion Between True and Compass
  • Distances
  • Adding and Subtracting Time
  • Course and Speed Calculations
  • Estimated Time of Arrival
  • 3 Bearing Fix
  • Running Fix
  • Collision Avoidance

 

Clinic 2

Tides & Currents

Approx. 4 hours

Knowing how the water is flowing is critical: all of the planning for a voyage, making passages and even day sails are affected by water flow and depth.  This clinic will review tide and current prediction tables, and students will learn how to quantify currents and leeway to become competent with adjusting for these effects while plotting safe and concise courses.

In the Clinic: Tides, Currents and plotting/adjusting

  • Predicting Tides
  • Predicting Current
  • Reading the Water
  • Safety and Safety gear
  • Weather and Waves
  • Waypoints
  • Leeway and Current
  • Determining
  • Plotting
  • Adjusting

Online: Currents & Tides and Passage Planning

Note: the online Coastal Navigation course is not included and must be purchased separately for $39.  This is to accommodate many students who already have the Coastal Nav online course…

Module 3: Currents and Tides

  • Understanding Tides
  • Tide Data
  • Predicting Tides
  • Predicting Tides at Subordinate Stations
  • Understanding Current
  • Predicting Current
  • Leeway and Current
  • Rate and Direction
  • Known Rate and Direction
  • Calculating Rate and Direction

Module 4: Passage Planning

  • Considerations
  • Weather Intensity
  • Wind direction(s)
  • Charts and Navigation
  • Almanacs, Local Marine Guides, Local Marina Guides
  • Tide
  • Current Flow
  • Depth
  • Waypoints
  • Crew experience
  • Traffic
  • Safety and Safety gear
  • Food, Water and Fuel

 

Clinic 3

Clinic 3: Planning

Free for registered nav students!

Approx. 2 hours

Put all of the Navigation knowledge together, plot a short passage and build a trip planner. Careful and diligent planning makes for a safer and more enjoyable sail, and helps sailors quickly adapt to deviations arising from life and sailing’s little quirks.  The students will execute a short virtual run along this plan to gain for a feel for the real world applications.

In the Clinic:

  • Actual Plotting a Short Trip – using all the techniques!
  • Hints and Tips On How to Be a Practical Navigator
  • Keys to Planning and Executing A Safe Comfortable Sail

Online: Module 5, Practical Exercises

Note: the online Coastal Navigation course is not included and must be purchased separately for $39.  This is to accommodate many students who already have the Coastal Nav online course…


 

Conditions

Gift Certificate Conditions and Restrictions:

A sailing gift certificate for any class, seminar, rental or charter.• Specials are Gift Certificates: the value is the amount paid and is non-refundable.
• See specific class details for more information on what’s included with each class.
• Gift certificates only apply to Island Sailing courses, and not to contracted courses and activities (e.g., do not apply to Adventure Vacations, San Juan Bareboats or Cruise & Learn, Offshore, etc…). Contact us if you have questions.
• Off-Season specials require the student to take the course between October 1st and April 1st. Students can upgrade to another course at the price difference between the certificate value and standard class rate. The exception is if Island Sailing reschedules a class due to weather or related safety concerns, in which case the student will be placed in the next available class and at no additional charge.
• Course Bundles are not restricted to off-season. A benefit of the bundles is that we emphasize practice and experience between courses.
• Two weeks notice is required to schedule a class.
• The $100 Gift Certificate is not applicable to and cannot be combined with other specials/discounts or member dues.

 

FAQs

What’s Included? You’ll receive a confirmation email with details and redemption instructions as well as a card you can print & sign. Separately you’ll receive a receipt from PayPal.
How are certificates redeemed? We’ll provide instructions, and depending on the certificate coupon codes that can be redeemed online. The recipient can schedule online or contact us directly. We retain records of each certificate – so, there’s little concern if the recipient loses the information.
What’s included in the courses? Check the course description for what’s specifically included in each course. Generally, the courses include online knowledge training with NauticEd, (b) multi-day practical training and upon successful completion of knowledge and practical (c) certification. Our courses comply with the USCG’s assessment standards, meaning that students are only practically certified if they demonstrate competency and safe boating on the water.
When can we start the online training? The recipient can start as soon as they’d like, and we encourage getting a head start with the online training so that it’s completed before the class start. If the recipient doesn’t yet have a set course date, they can contact us and we’ll get the knowledge going. We do not register the participant for online upon purchase because, simply, we don’t want to spoil the gift! Again, they need only to contact us to get started with training.
How does “Off-Season” scheduling work? Off-Season specials require the student to take the course between October 1st and April 1st. Students can upgrade to another course at the price difference between the certificate value and standard class rate. The exception is if Island Sailing reschedules a class due to weather or related safety concerns, in which case the student will be placed in the next available class and at no additional charge. In practice, trust that we appreciate that “life” happens and schedules don’t always work out as planned. If a conflict or an issue, just contact us and we’ll work out alternatives.
How are payments processed? Payments are processed via PayPal when purchased online, and processed via Intuit Merchant Services if purchased over the phone. Both systems are secure.
Do certificates expire? Nope, but we do recommend recipients use the certificate as soon as is reasonable.

 

Questions? Contact us

Contact Island Sailing for help or questions

Please submit the below form or contact Josh Shenkman directly at josh@islandsailingclub.com or (503) 285-7765 with questions!

 

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