Start Navigating (Coastal Nav/ASA 105)

Social Distancing: live 105 on Zoom!  Interactive with an instructor and other students.  An NYSC exclusive!  Schedules are in progress; join a full course, or jump in for a refresher.  Hit us up!

Because running aground sucks…”


Over 50 Years of our family giving you more of what you go to sailing school for!SM

Already learned how to sail? Or, didn’t, but want to do something sailing related now? Take our Start Navigating SM  course and learn Coastal Navigation! Live, online, with an instructor and other students.  No experience necessary; earn ASA 105 certification and be better prepared to rent a sailing yacht here or abroad. Just need a tune-up? We do that too.


Start Navigating SM  is our coastal navigation course (ASA 105).  You’ll learn the traditional art and science of piloting and near-shore coastal navigation, from chart basics to taking bearings & fixes, plotting courses, “dead” reckoning, correcting for current, etc.  Columbus relied heavily on dead reckoning on his famous voyages, and it’s still the basis for navigation today!  But don’t worry – to modernize things somewhat, we’ll also introduce you to GPS (Global Positioning System), the standard for electronic navigation.  We just won’t let you over-rely on it.

Tuition: $345 for socially-distant live, interactive on-line courses – 10% off each for 2+ joining together.

This is like a normal in-person class: you’re with an instructor and other students, learning from their questions as well as yours, and with us watching you do your plotting after we show you how.  Except… you don’t have to travel to get to it!  It’s not a home study course, or interactive with software.  But, it is an NYSC exclusive: no one else is offering this.  It’s truly live – not Memorex.  Just another way we give you MORE.

Next schedule: weeknights, late June/early July.  We have several schedules in progress right now based on input people gave us.  Contact us to discuss options.  Sessions are short; no more than a few hours at a time and always with a break.  Most schedules are weekday evenings and/or weekend mornings. (Tuition is normally, $395, with price matching).

Just need a tune-up?  No problem.  Ask us about this and we’ll advise what works based on your situation and needs, which could be just one relevant session for a smaller tuition.

Manhattan and New Rochelle are where we traditionally hold most of our Navigation courses, and we’ll add them back into the mix once the pandemic is under control.  New Roc is easy by Metro North (35′ from Grand Central for example) or car.  Weeknight and weekend schedule options offered.

Quick stats…

    • soup-to-nuts: from reading a chart to finding your way in pea soup fog
    • classroom course with extensive, realistic practice problems
    • one-weekend or 4-weeknight schedules in Manhattan
    • no sailing experience necessary
    • highest quality charts and tools supplied by us and kept by you
    • text book authored by our Director, Captain Stephen Glenn Card
    • leads to ASA 105 Coastal Navigation certification

asa cert circle smallStart NavigatingSM  is fun, challenging and rewarding.  We mostly schedule it in the ‘off’ season of November through March so as not to compete with your sailing time, but still offer some boating season schedules.  The exam is lengthy and a bit difficult, but don’t worry – our students usually score close to 90 or even higher.  Instructors need to score 90 or higher to become certified to teach it.  Just another way we give you MORE…

Ready to do this?  See our scheduling/enrolling page to just check schedules, or pull the trigger and sign up securely right there.

Questions first?  Contact us.

Need to just ‘test out’ to get your piece of paper?   You can do a ‘challenge’ of the ASA 105 standard for a fraction of the time and price of the whole course.  Contact us to discuss whether this makes sense for you.