ASA 105 Coastal Navigation



No of Days: 4 Days, (if done in isolation - it is a classroom course, no accommodation aboard. check out our hotel recommendations

Price: $795

Exam: 1 written

Qualification: ASA 105 certificate

If you want to build your navigation knowledge, then this ASA 105 Coastal Navigation certificate is for you. After completing your ASA 101, ASA 103 and ASA 104 certificates, you will know how important navigation and passaging planning is when you are captain.  The aim of this course is to enable you to navigate your vessel in coastal or inland waters affected by tidal currents, and brings your ability to comfortably plot courses based on this and magnetic variation and deviation. It also introduces the latest device-based navigation techniques available to you.

 There is no sailing skills part to this course, the application of this sailing knowledge is found in the ASA 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising Standard, so this course can be done in our classroom,  however most students complete it in conjunction with the their ASA 104 or 106, (depending on level of experience). Please email us and we will be happy to recommend the best option for you and your specific skills and needs.  
Our professional ASA certified instructors are patient and have a lot of experience, they will teach and encourage you in a relaxed and friendly way, to ensure you build on your confidence so you can enjoy your sailing.


Course Outline

Cruising Planning
     - Courses and Bearings
     - Compass Deviation

      -  in depth view on magnetic corrections and course plotting
      - instruments required for prudent navigation
      - lighted navigation aids

Tidal and winds
      - familiarity with the almanacs / tidal and current  tables
      - winds and effects


Course Details

The instructor to student ratio will not be more than 1 to 5. 


Prerequisite To Completing The ASA 105

You must have completed your ASA 101, ASA 103 and ASA 104


What can you expect when joining us for  the ASA 105 Coastal Navigation

Day 1 9.30AM: Arrive at our classroom in  Soper’s Hole Marina to meet your fellow students and instructor. After introductions, you will get stuck into the syllabus, stopping for coffee breaks and lunch throughout the day. Depending on progress we aim to finish the day at 4:30pm  

Day 2: Back in the classroom at 9:30 for a 2nd day of learning. The ASA instructor will take time with every student to make sure they have a good level of competency by the end of the course. The course will end with a written exam, after which your instructor will go through the answers with you, to clarify any questions you might have."

 Studying hard

Studying hard

What To Pack

Sailing means living in close quarters so please try to travel light. Please do not bring any hard, big suitcases with wheels that are difficult to store. A backpack or sports/duffel bag would be best. 

Some recommendations on what to bring aboard:

  • Comfortable airy clothes  (t-shirt & shorts advised. Long sleeves if you want to cover up from the sun when stood at the helm)
  • Deck or soft shoe
  • Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen/block 
  • Mosquito spray 
  • Bathing suit 
  • Wash kit 
  • Towel
  • Travel insurance 
  • Your logbook to sign of your sailing miles
  • (And dollars - ATMs are not always reliable on the island)


Certificate Limitations 

Once you have completed this course and have achieved a good level of competence at the end of the week and have passed the written exam, you will receive the ASA certificate 105 Bareboat Cruising Navigation. This means you are certified to apply the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail. (Speak to us about the ASA 106, this is a planned course, not always available).

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