ASA 105 – Coastal Navigation

coastal navigation asa 105QUALIFICATION SUMMARY:

If you want to learn the basics of coastal navigation that includes piloting and navigation or if you just want to brush up on your piloting and navigation skills, this course is for you. You will learn piloting and navigation skills in sixteen hours of classroom instruction and a review/test session.  Upon successful completion, you will earn your ASA 105 certification.  In addition, an optional day-sail on the Chesapeake Bay if offered for applying your practical navigation skills.

In addition, an optional daysail on the Chesapeake Bay is offered for applying your practical navigation skills. With the completion of this daysail, you will earn your ANSA Piloting and Navigation certification based on the Navy standards (USNSA).


The course will cover navigation aids such as buoys, day-marks, and lighthouses; how to read charts; other publications; magnetic and true north direction; checking for compass deviation; how to use a hand-bearing compass and get a position fix based on charted landmarks; how to find the boat’s position on the chart using both the bearings and Lat/Long; plotting courses, deduced reckoning (“dead reckoning”); use of depth sounder and charted depth contours; use of GPS and chart plotters; and impacts of weather, wind, and current on navigation.



The class will use Captain Tom Tursi’s Coastal Navigation and Piloting text and workbook as well as ANSA materials.  ANSA will provide the materials immediately following your class registration so that you can begin studying and review in advance of the classroom sessions.

In addition, either of the following resources is highly recommended:



Students will need to buy or borrow tools for the class. Recommended tools include:

These items are readily available from most marine supply stores, including West Marine, Fawcett’s, etc., or order online from Weems & Plath Navigation Tools or Amazon.


A schedule of classes is available on the ANSA calendar.


$165 which includes the cost of the required text, ASA certification and ANSA membership (single).  Plus any purchase of navigation instruments.  Online Registration Form.


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