Start Navigating (Coastal Nav/ASA 105)

50th Anniversary of our family giving you more of what you go to sailing school for!SM

Because running aground sucks…”

Real time navigation on the first leg of a Virgin Islands (BVI) trip.  Twin sisters and niece/daughter rocking the plotting. The man just drove.

Manhattan is where we hold most of our Navigation courses. Some are held in New Rochelle. Weeknight and weekend schedule options offered.

Next 2 schedules:  1 Weekend, Manhattan: November 16 & 17.  Then, 1 4 Weeknights, Manhattan: Nov. 26, December 3, 10 & 17.  (Tuesday nights; we’re flexible on which night of week until enough people are committed that we can’t be – so talk to us if one or more Tuesday’s won’t work for you.)

After that: you tell us!  Very flexible scheduling on weekends and weeknights in Manhattan and New Rochelle.  One weekend, split weekends, 4 weeknights, or combo.  If you’re a group of 2 (or more), you can set your own schedule (until you can’t when others have booked up your choices.)  So…  Hit us up!

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.  

Just need a tune-up?  No problem.  Join the appropriate session/s.  Weeknights: $75/each. Weekend days: $125.  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…


One weekend, split weekends, or 4 weeknights: Manhattan or New Rochelle.  Next up…

  • November 16 & 17, Manhattan.

Doesn’t work for you?  Tell us what does We do flexible custom scheduling weeknights/weekends and combos).  At least half our schedules are custom, chosen by you – because they will work for others too.

Ready to do this?  See our scheduling/enrolling page to just sign up securely right there.  (You can also just check dates, or see our terms and conditions.)

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.