Coastal Navigation

This is J World Annapolis’ renowned comprehensive course on coastal navigation and piloting.  Our curriculum will cover charts and features, compass errors, plotting, triangulation, dead reckoning, route planning, tides, current vectors, aids to navigation and an introduction to electronic navigation.  The course text will be US Sailing’s Coastal Navigation book.  This is an ideal course for anyone who wants to develop a solid foundation in navigation principles.  This course includes US Sailing certification upon completion of the Coastal Navigation written exam which is taken individually at your home sometime after you have completed the course.

Our online classes run from 7-9pm on Friday evening, then 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Our inhouse classes run from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday at our facility in Annapolis MD.

NOTE:  The Coastal Navigation textbook and Chart 1210Tr are included in the cost of the seminar.  When you have registered and paid for the course, we will mail you your Coastal Navigation textbook and Chart 1210Tr, which you will use to participate in the hands on seminar.

Various tools such as a nautical parallel ruler, rolling plotter, a set of dividers, number 2 pencils and a soft eraser are required to participate in the seminar.  J World will not be supplying these tools so you will need to obtain your own navigation tools for use in the class.  Recommended tools are:

  1. 1. A Nautical Parallel Rule (Weems and Plath #141 , 15”: w/ brushed aluminum arms) and/or 
  2. 2. Rolling Plotter (Weems & Plath Parallel Plotter #120),  Having both plotters (1 and 2) is ideal.
  3. 3. Dividers (Weems & Plath Ultralight Divider #176)

All these navigation tools are available from Weems and Plath, Maryland Nautical Sales, or  We recommend ordering them 2-3 weeks in advance of the seminar you are enrolled in and ordering them from whoever will deliver them the quickest.

This course is normally conducted in the off-season as either an online class using WebEx or inhouse at our facility in Annapolis.  Please call 410-280-2040 or email for more information or to register!

Price is $495 per person

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