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Online Coastal Navigation 2022 (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 70,000 miles of blue water ocean sailing plus extensive coastal cruising. 

Three Saturdays Online, 0900-1700 EST
Jan 8 & 22 and Feb 5, 2022
Fee $660

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 Solutions to Coastal Navigation Questions text

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

  4. DVD Coastal Navigation & Piloting Class Lectures (2 discs)

  5. NOAA Training Chart 1210Tr

  6. NOAA Chart #1 Symbols book

  7. Open book written exam at your home

  8. Review, grading and critique of your exam by Captain Tom Tursi

  9. ASA105 Coastal Navigation Certification upon successful completion

  10. 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 2022 (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 70,000 miles of blue water ocean sailing using celestial navigation. See Webinar Setup below.

 

Three Saturdays Online, 0900-1700 EST
Feb 19 and March 5 & 19, 2022
Fee $575

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. Open book written exam at your home

  7. Review, grading and critique of your exam by Captain Tom Tursi

  8. ASA107 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 ASA107 Navigation Class

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)

Fees: 
$350 for Home Study
$435 for Home Study with Lectures DVDs

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 at $350 Fee:

  1. ASA Coastal Navigation & Piloting text 

  2. ASA Solutions to Coastal Navigation Questions text

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

  4. NOAA Training Chart 1210Tr

  5. NOAA Chart #1 Symbols book

  6. Open book written exam at your home

  7. ASA105 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 ASA105 Home Study

 

Celestial Navigation Home Study (ASA107)

Fee: $350

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. Open book written exam at your home

  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, notify us and we'll send testing materials and instructions to your home.  This is an open book written exam.  We'll grade the exam and return results to you, and process the ASA certification.  See more details below under course administration.

When you are ready to take the ASA exam, you may complete it at home. There is no time limit between when you begin your home-study and when you take the exam. We will send the exam package directly to you by USPS Priority Mail in advance of your test day. Please email us when you are ready to take the exam. 

You will have a maximum of ten days from when you receive your exam to when you mail it back to us. We recommend completing the exam in one sitting with a break for lunch if necessary.  The test typically takes 3 to 5 hours For ASA105 and 5 to 7 hours for ASA107, but there is no time limit while taking the test.  There will be a postage-ready mailer in the test package for return of the test.  Please package your test materials in the mailer and put it in your mailbox for pick up, or deliver it directly to the post office. Remember to include your ASA Logbook in the package to have it signed if you pass the exam with a grade of 80% or more.
 
When we receive your completed exam, we will grade it and report the results directly to you by email and return your exam papers by USPS mail. Upon successful completion, we will submit your certification to ASA, and they will send you a sticker for your logbook within 4 to 6 weeks.
 
Shipping costs for the exam, if you are in the US, are included in your home-study course fee.  If you are outside of the US, additional international shipping will be collected with your course registration for mailing of the exam to you and then you will need to pay for return of your completed exam to us.

If you do not pass the exam with a score of 80%, you may re-test as many times as needed. There is a $200 fee for each re-test to cover administrative costs, grading and shipping.

Optional Challenge Exam (ASA105 or ASA107)

Fee: $250

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. This is an open book exam that you can take at home. The fee includes testing, grading, and shipping of the test materials both ways, as well as ASA certification upon successfully passing the exam.  No books or other materials are included with this option

Register for Exam Challenge 

Navigation Course Administration

When we receive your registration, we'll send you the course materials listed above. The navigation chart will be rolled and shipped in a tube to avoid creasing, except for international shipping where it will be folded.

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 extensive private online tutoring is offered at $80.00 per hour. 

Students will need to separately purchase plotting tools for the ASA105 and ASA107 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

If you have questions preparing for your exam or during the exam, email your question to office@mdschool.com or call (410) 639 7030.

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