Celestial Navigation / Oceans Navigation

celestial navigation

Course Summary:

This course provides classroom training in celestial navigation techniques and is intended for individuals who wish to obtain an “Upon Oceans” endorsement on their U.S. Coast Guard License or satisfy the course requirement for OICNW.

Course Length:

10 Days (90 Hours)

Class Size:

12 Students

Pre-Registration is Required

Cost:

$1,695

Prerequisites:

Ideally, students attending this course should have completed the applicable sea time for the Oceans Endorsement. Students must have an understanding of basic math and will be required to use a scientific calculator during the course.  This course will also be of value to others who may not be seeking the U.S. Coast Guard license endorsement, or whose experience is not up to the minimum requirements established under ideal conditions. Because of this, entry standards can be adjusted to suit the particular circumstances.

Course Details:

This course provides classroom training in celestial navigation techniques and is intended for individuals who wish to obtain an “Upon Oceans” endorsement on their U.S. Coast Guard License or satisfy the training requirement for OICNW.  The course is of value to others who have a desire to learn celestial navigation techniques. All materials required for the course are supplied as part of your course fee.

Any applicant who successfully completes our Oceans Navigation / Celestial Navigation 500/1600 GRT course and presents the certificate of training within one year will satisfy the Oceans Navigation / Celestial Navigation examination requirement for increasing scope of an endorsement for the following:

-Master or Mate of self propelled vessels of less than 500 or 1600 GRT from near coastal to oceans;  AND

-Master or Mate of Offshore Supply Vessels

-Master or Mate of Uninspected Fishing Industry Vessels; AND

-The Celestial Navigation training requirements of 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(viii) for an STCW endorsement as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage; AND

-The following practical assessments in NVIC 11-14; Tasks 2.1B, 2.1C; AND

-The following practical assessments in NVIC 10-14; Tasks 2.1B, 2.1C; AND

-The following practical assessments in NVIC 12-14; Tasks 1.1A, 1.1B, 1.1C, 1.1D, 1.1E, 1.1F.

 

The course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to Nautical Astronomy
  • Time and Hour Calculations
  • Sunrise, Sunset and the Twilights
  • Determination of Greenwich Hour Angle (GHA) and Declination (Dec.)
  • Use and Reading of the Sextant
  • Correcting the Sextant Altitude (Hs) to the Observed Altitude (Ho)
  • Latitude by Polaris
  • Computing Latitude by Meridian Altitude Observation
  • Computing Amplitude of the Sun
  • Assumed Positions
  • Determining Azimuth of a Body by H.O. 229
  • Finding Navigable Stars on the “Rude Star Finder”
  • Determining Intercept and Azimuth to include plotting LOP
  • Sailings
  • Speed / fuel problems

Examination:

The student will be administered a 15 question Navigation Problems exam with a minimum score of 80% and a 70 question Navigation General exam with a minimum score of 70%.

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