Course Code: SAIL-004
Able to apply the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.
Duration: 3 months
Course outline:By the end of the course students will be able to :
1.Explain the chart symbols and conventions on U.S. nautical charts in accordance with the terminology of Chart #1.
2.Identify a source of official U.S. Coast Guard navigation publications.
3.List the publications required for prudent navigation in the local area including:
- Large scale charts of the area and Chart #1
- Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats
- USCG Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook
- State small vessel regulations
- Local rules and regulations, if applicable
- Local cruising guides
- Tide and current tables, (paper or electronic)
- List of lights, buoys, and fog signals
4.Describe the instruments required for prudent navigation in the local area including the following minimum requirements:
- Steering compass and deviation table
- Handbearing compass and / or pelorus
- Protractor or parallel rule
- Depth sounder or leadline
- Pencil, eraser, and notebook
- Watch or clock
- Log / Knotmeter
5.Describe the purpose and example contents of a “Notice to Mariners.”
6.Explain the terms and characteristics used for lighted navigation aids.
7.Explain the significance of shapes, colors, and lights used in the U.S. Aids to Navigation (ATON) system.