Start Navigating (Coastal Nav/ASA 105)

Social Distancing: live, interactive classes on Zoom, FaceTime, etc. with super-flexible scheduling. Tuition down to $275 for now.  It’s like taking the class in person with us.   Except, of course, you’re not…  So, 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


Manhattan and New Rochelle are where we hold most of our Navigation courses.  New Roc is easy by Metro North (35′ from Grand Central for example) or car.  Weeknight and weekend schedule options offered.

Already learned how to sail? Or, didn’t, but want to do something boating related this winter? Take our Start Navigating SM  course and learn Coastal Navigation in Manhattan or New Rochelle.  No experience necessary!  Earn ASA 105 Coastal Navigation 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: $275 for socially-distant live, interactive on-line courses.  (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.

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.