Basic Cel Nav for Prudent Ocean Voyaging
Backup Cel Nav
A short course that teaches the basic cel nav needed to find your way across an ocean.
Course fee includes:
Course fee includes:
$319.00 ...item# 1925
Ocean sailors are prudent folks. They know they need a backup to all systems, and cel nav is the solution to the loss of GPS for any reason. But not all mariners desire to know cel nav to the level our parents and grandparents needed. GPS is here now and indeed dependable, although certainly not infallible. This course offers a quick way to gain the knowledge needed to have cel nav as a back up, so you need not worry about the loss of standard aids.
This course covers the basic celestial navigation needed to make your way to safety across an ocean with no special aids except one small book, a watch, and a sextant. The sextant can be the most basic available or any other of your choice. We guarantee that you can learn on your own from our books how to take sextant sights with any sextant you might have... and we can help check your sights in this course.
There are no prerequisites, and the few topics covered are quick and easy to master using our textbook GPS Backup with a Mark 3 Sextant—All Instructions and Tables Included; for any Ocean, on any Date. This is a short book, 35 pages of text; 65 pages of tables. The tables are designed to make the process of finding latitude and longitude very fast, and very easy to learn.
We estimate that the course will take 5 to 10 hours to complete, not counting optional materials, exercises, or practice sights.
The course includes the opportunity to submit your sextant sight data to us for analysis if the results are not within specified uncertainties. The beauty of cel nav is its transparency. If the results are clearly wrong, we can almost always figure out why based on a series of sights.
The lessons included are
1 — USE OF THE MARK 3 SEXTANT
2 — TIMEKEEPING AND LATITUDE AT LAN
3 — LONGITUDE AT LAN
4 — LATITUDE FROM POLARIS
5 — PREDICT LAN TIME & UPS PLOTTING
6 — A DAY AT SEA WITH BACKUP CEL NAV
This course meets the ASA Standards for 117 Basic Celestial Navigation and also meets the celestial navigation prerequisite of American Sailing Association's ASA 108, Offshore Passagemaking. ASA certification is an optional add on.
If your goal is to learn the full range of cel nav that offers more versatile and accurate navigation, we recommend our standard Celestial Navigation Course.