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Online Coastal Navigation 2018 (ASA105)

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. 

Fee $550
Three Saturdays Online, 0900-1700 EST
Jan 6 & 20 and Feb 3, 2018

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.

Included:

  1. ASA Coastal Navigation & Piloting text

  2. ASA DVD Introduction to Coastal Navigation (1 disc)

  3. ASA Solutions to Coastal Navigation Questions text

  4. DVD Solutions to Selected Coastal Navigation Questions (2 discs)

  5. NOAA Training Chart 1210Tr

  6. NOAA Chart #1 Symbols book

  7. Written exam at a public library of your choice

  8. ASA105 Coastal Navigation Certification upon successful completion

  9. Material shipping costs (Additional shipping costs for addresses outside the US, but we have done this many times.)

Register for ASA105 Navigation Class

 

DVD Coastal Navigation Lectures (ASA105)

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 player. 

Price: $85.00 plus shipping & handling

Purchase item #18

 

Online Celestial Nav 2018 (ASA107)

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.

 

Fee $550
Three Saturdays Online, 0900-1700 EST
Feb 17 and March 3 & 17, 2018

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.

Included:  

  1. Celestial Navigation for Sailors book

  2. Solutions to Celestial Navigation Questions book

  3. Star Finder Circular Slide Rule

  4. DMA Plotting Sheet 925

  5. Our two Celestial Navigation videos available on YouTube.

  6. Written exam at a public library of your choice

  7. ASA107 Certification upon successful completion

  8. Material shipping costs (Additional shipping costs for addresses outside the US, but we have done this many times.)

Register for ASA107 Navigation Class

 

Online Electronic Navigation 2018 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

0900-1600 EST

Fee: $75.00

Electronics, Their Role in Marine Navigation

Capabilities 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 devices. 

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?

How do I get safely from here to where I want to go?

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.

Register for Electronic Navigation Course

 

Webinar Setup

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. 

Online Software: 
You do not need to purchase any special software to join this class, however your computer  does need to meet the system requirements listed below.

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.

 

Coastal Navigation Home Study (ASA105)

Fee: $325

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.

Included:

  1. ASA Coastal Navigation & Piloting text 

  2. ASA DVD Introduction to Coastal Navigation (1 disc)

  3. ASA Solutions to Coastal Navigation Questions text

  4. DVD Solutions to Selected Coastal Navigation Questions (2 discs)

  5. NOAA Training Chart 1210Tr

  6. NOAA Chart #1 Symbols book

  7. Written exam at a public library of your choice

  8. ASA105 Certification upon successful completion

  9. Material shipping costs (Additional shipping costs for addresses outside the US, but we have done this many times.)

Register for ASA105 Home Study

 

Celestial Navigation Home Study (ASA107)

Fee: $325

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.

Included:  

  1. Celestial Navigation for Sailors text

  2. Solutions to Celestial Navigation Questions book

  3. Star Finder Circular Slide Rule

  4. DMA Plotting Sheet 925

  5. Our two Celestial Navigation videos available on YouTube.

  6. Written exam at a public library of your choice

  7. ASA107 Certification upon successful completion

  8. Material shipping costs (Additional shipping costs for addresses outside the US, but we have done this many times.)

Register for ASA107 Home Study

 

ASA Testing & Certification

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.

Optional Challenge Exam (ASA105 or ASA107)

Fee: $225

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

Register for Exam Challenge 

 

Course Administration

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 $60.00 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 a donation.

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:

  • Parallel rules

  • Right triangle with protractor markings

  • Dividers with one pencil point and one needle point

  • Simple arithmetic calculator

  • Pencils and erasers

  • Note paper

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. 

If you do not pass the exam on the first try, you may retake it one time at no charge.

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

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