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Complete Coastal Navigation Course (ASA105) taught online in a live webinar on three Saturdays by Captain Tom Tursi, a USCG Licensed Ocean Master with over 60,000 miles of blue water ocean sailing plus extensive coastal cruising.
Course includes basic chart reading and interpretation, plotting techniques, compass reading corrections, bearings, fixes, running fixes, relative bearings, current vector corrections, chart symbols and publications such as Charts and Chart Catalogs, Coast Pilot, Light List, Tide and Current Tables, Notices to Mariners, Navigation Rules and much more. See Webinar Setup below.
Class lecture DVDs fill the gap between the full length
Online Coastal Navigation Course and the independent Home Study Coastal
Navigation Course. They can be used to augment study for those taking the
Home Study or Online courses, or can be used as a refresher for anyone
needing to brush up on basic coastal navigation principles.
These DVDs cover the primary Chapters 1 through 7 of
ASA’s Coastal Navigation &
Piloting #13 text,
and are captured from actual classroom sessions including audio stream and
video graphics, which have been edited for smoothness and clarity. And, they
can be used either with or without the textbook.
These DVDs do not cover the later secondary chapters of
the text. Nor do they cover the homework assignments, which are addressed by
the Solutions to
Navigation Questions #13 text and another
DVD set #15
Total running time of this two-disc DVD set is five
hours, and the DVDs can be played on a PC, MAC, DVD player or TV with DVD
Price: $85.00 plus shipping & handling
Complete Celestial Navigation Course (ASA107) taught online in a live webinar on three Saturdays by Captain Tom Tursi, a USCG Licensed Ocean Master with over 60,000 miles of blue water ocean sailing using celestial navigation. See Webinar Setup below.
Course includes celestial navigation theory and terminology, demonstration of the sextant and other instruments used in ocean navigation, ocean charts and plotting sheets, log keeping and dead reckoning plotting methods, celestial shooting techniques, calculation procedures for the Sun, Moon, Planets and Stars, noon sights, Polaris calculations, locating stars and planets, compass calibration using the Sun, estimated positions, current vectors, running fixes and more.
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Their Role in Marine Navigation
of eNav Devices
The range of electronic devices and
marine related software available to recreational boaters today is truly
amazing; from multifunctional displays (MFD) to tablet computers and smart
phones. The challenge is how
best to take advantage of these capabilities and provide for safe and
effective navigation, and yet to be aware of the limitations of these
eNav is a colloquial term for displaying charts and navigating by use of multifunction-displays, personal computers, tablets, smart phones and other GPS enabled electronic devices. These devices help us to navigate in all kinds of weather, get updates to charts, navigational aids, tides and currents and to avoid hazards including other boats, but they should always be considered as supplemental information and not as the sole source for navigation information and display. Equally important, today’s navigators need to keep in mind the first rule of navigation: never rely on a single source of information for navigation. It’s not a case of one or the other but rather how best to integrate the capabilities eNav tools with traditional navigation.
At some point all electronics fail. We need to be able to take advantage of the capabilities that these devices can provide, but also know how to operate and navigate without them. This means knowing how to maintain a course plot on a chart, running and updating a DR, and keeping a log while underway. Today’s navigators should be able to combine traditional instruments and plotting techniques with GPS enabled devices and an ever increasing number of electronic aids (AIS, radar, autopilots, Sirius WX and more) to assist in answering the navigator’s age-old questions:
Where am I?
do I get safely from here to where I want
This course might be for you to help answer these questions plus:
· I want to go to this position on the chart but how do I select the waypoints to put into my eNav device that gets me there?
· How do I locate the waypoints on my eNav device to see where they are on the paper chart?
· Where am I and where is this on the paper chart?
· How does eNav device information relate to traditional paper charts and navigation tools?
· I use traditional navigation tools; how do I begin the use of eNav tools?
How can I integrate the full tool kit (paper and electronic)
available to today’s recreational navigators?
This course will help answer these questions, and provide an overview of available eNav tools and how they relate to traditional paper charts and the real world outside of your boat.
We will conduct this online class using the Go To Meeting Webinar format where there will be on-screen and audio interaction between Instructor and Students very much like occurs in an actual classroom setting.
We'll conduct this online class using a Go-To-Meeting Webinar format with on-screen and audio interaction between Instructor and Students very much like occurs in an actual classroom setting. After you register for this course and prior to the first course date, you can receive assistance, if needed, from our office staff in setting up the Go- To- Meeting software on your computer.
You do not need to have a Go-To-Meeting subscription to attend this class. You do, however, need a cable modem, DSL or better Internet connection. Refer to System Requirements for hardware and software for various platforms.
Course materials cover basic chart reading and interpretation, plotting techniques, compass reading corrections, bearings, fixes, running fixes, relative bearings, current vector corrections, chart symbols and reference publications such as Charts and Chart Catalogs, Coast Pilot, Light List, Tide and Current Tables, Notices to Mariners, Navigation Rules and much more. ASA105 Coastal Navigation Certification included upon successful completion.
Course materials cover celestial navigation theory and terminology, demonstration of the sextant and other instruments used in ocean navigation, ocean charts and plotting sheets, log keeping and dead reckoning plotting methods, celestial shooting techniques, calculation procedures for the Sun, Moon, Planets and Stars, noon sights, Polaris calculations, locating stars and planets, compass calibration using the Sun, estimated positions, current vectors, running fixes and more. ASA107 Celestial Navigation Certification included upon successful completion.
When you are ready to take your ASA Certification exam, you can take it at a Public Library of your choosing. You can select the library and date, notify us of this plus the name of a contact person at the library, and we'll send testing materials and instructions to the library. Upon completion of the exam, the library will mail your completed exam to us for grading. We'll grade the exam and return results to you, and process the ASA certification.
If you feel that you have adequate knowledge of either the Coastal Navigation or Celestial Navigation subject matter, you may sit for the exam without purchase of the applicable Home Study package. The fee includes testing, grading, and shipping of the test materials both ways if at a library, as well as ASA certification upon successfully passing the exam. No books or other materials are included with this option
When we receive your registration, we'll send you the course materials listed above. Shipping of the navigation chart will be rolled in a tube to avoid creasing, except for international shipping.
As you work through the materials, if you have a specific question, you may email your questions and we will respond either by e-mail or phone, whichever is appropriate, at no charge. More extended private online tutoring is offered at $80.00 per hour.
When you are ready to take the exam (there is no
time limit) you may take it in our Rock Hall, MD office during the
summer season (May through October) or at a public
library near you if that is more convenient. The exams may
take 4 to 6 hours to complete, and most libraries are happy to proctor
the exam. Some libraries charge a proctoring fee, which will be
your responsibility, but those that do not charge will usually appreciate
If you are testing at a
library, please arrange the date with your library, then provide
us with the name of the proctor and contact information. We’ll take
it from there. A postage paid mailer is included with your exam
materials making it simple for your library to return your completed
exam to us. At this point, your navigation chart may be folded for
insertion into the mailer.
Students will need to separately purchase plotting tools for the 105 and 107 Home Study courses and exam including:
You may contact Captain Tursi by telephone during the
exam if you have an essential question, though this is rarely needed.
We'll include his contact phone number with your exam package.
When we receive the completed exam back, our Instructor will grade it and report the results directly to you by email and return your exam papers, chart and calculations by regular mail. Discussions and review with our Instructor are welcomed if needed to understand your exam results.
Upon successful completion of the exam, we will submit your
certification to ASA and they will send you a sticker for your logbook,
usually within 4 to 6 weeks.
If you do not pass the exam on the first try, you may retest as many times as needed to pass. There is a $100 fee for each retest to help cover costs