Learn celestial navigation from the experts

Celestial Navigation Course: Learn to Navigate At Sea Using Just The Sun, Moon, Stars & Planets

A two day intensive theory course in celestial navigation. Taught in plain English by experts in the field. If you are new to celestial navigation or have taken a course before but not understood it - these two days are for you. You will learn how to locate the positions of the celestial bodies, use a sextant to measure their altitude above the horizon and translate that information into a position on a chart.

Course level

Beginner through to intermediate

Course materials

You will be issued with the Rubicon 3 celestial navigation course book. Sextants are provided at the course

Skills required

No prior training is required in celestial navigation. You do need  to have basic experience in using a nautical chart and be able to plot a position on it. You do not need maths skills!

Delivery method

Instructor led classroom training

Full course outline

Geographical position

Greenwich Hour Angle

Declination

Nautical almanac

The PZX triangle

Sight reduction tables

Azimuth angle

Azimuth

Preparing a plotting sheet

Running fix

Conversion of arc to time

Twilight

Merpass

Dates and venues

 

Bristol

May 19-20 2018 (held at Young Bristol Activity Centre, Pooles Wharf, BS8 4RU)

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Portsmouth

August 18-19 2018 (Haslar Marina, Gosport)

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London

September 08-09 2018 (Fulham, London)

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Portsmouth

October 13-14 2018 (Haslar Marina, Gosport)

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More about the course and learning celestial navigation

 

Anyone can learn

You don't need any knowledge of astronomy, physics, maths or the dark arts. It will help you if you can already use a basic chart for coastal navigation, but to be honets even that is not essential.

 

You don't need to be a mathematician

One of the most common beliefs is that you have to be able to do all sorts of mathematical chicanery. Absolutely not. So long as you can add and subtract (& yes, you can use a calculator to help you!)

 

We have experts teaching it in plain English

Celestial navigation can be made incredibly complicated. Anyone who has attended a course or tried to read one of the text books will have experienced this. While there is lots to take in, the basic concepts are actually very simple. We have written our own course book, in plain English, and the weekend is taught by real experts in the field. This means, come Sunday pm, you are going to have a very realistic chance of being at the point you need to be to go and try navigating using  a sextant at sea.

 

Course locations throughout the UK

The courses start at 0900 hrs on the Saturday morning and finish at 1700hrs on Sunday. They are run in Portsmouth, London, Bristol, Birmingham and Glasgow. Food and accommodation is not included.

 

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