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Junior Navigation (JN)

Junior Navigation (JN) is the first in a two-part program of study in offshore navigation, followed by the Navigation course.  It is designed as a practical "how to" course.

JN covers ocean plotting and celestial navigation. Students are prepared to serve as Navigator on an ocean voyage, performing a sample Newport-Bermuda cruise plan and plotting the actual changes and situations one would encounter. The final exam, a two week open book test, continues the journey at home.

This course is useful both for USCG Masters wishing to upgrade their licenses and persons wishing to learn skills useful in ocean navigation.

The course is plotting-heavy, and requires time and dedication for successful completion. Potential students who are rusty on their chart skills or unused to performing calculations on a hand held calculator should consider our Advanced Piloting course before enrolling. Students will bring to class a scientific calculator (under $10 at many stores; recommendations available at first class) and plotting tools. Erasers are essential. If you have any questions you can contact the instructor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.


Subject matter includes:

  • Precise time determination.
  • Use of the Nautical Almanac.
  • Taking sextant sights of the sun.
  • Reducing sights to establish lines of position.
  • Special charts and plotting sheets for offshore navigation.
  • Offshore navigational routines for recreational craft.


Boating Class

America's Boating Course: One of the best ways to have a fun boating experience is to "know before you go". If you are a new boater or an experienced boater in need of a refresher course, consider taking a boating course.

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