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Introduction to Celestial Navigation

Introduction to Celestial Navigation

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Introduction to Celestial Navigation


Introduction to Celestial Navigation will explain the history, theory and practice of navigating by celestial bodies. While time limitations will not result in mastery of the subject, the concepts will be fully explained, allowing the aspiring navigator to pursue celestial navigation independently in further detail or be prepared for the intermediate course.

Course Format: One Day - Seven Hours, 30 minute lunch break


The first of two consecutive courses are offered which will put the new student of celestial navigation on the path to proficiency in this time honored, defining skill of the competent sailor. No sailor going offshore should be without this knowledge. Even the U.S Navy has re-introduced celestial navigation as a core-competency at the Naval Academy in recognition of the need for redundant capabilities in the event of technical failure, accident or war.
Receive a 10% discount toward your next Landfall purchase, upon course completion. Restrictions apply.


Topics Covered:
  1. History of development from classical times to the Vikings and to the first tables of declination
  2. Basic astronomy
  3. Basic terms of art such as GHA, LHA, meridian altitude, azimuth, mean time and LAN
  4. Explanation of the Nautical Almanac and fixing geographic position of bodies
  5. The sextant
  6. Time and longitude
  7. The navigational triangle
  8. Latitude sailing using the noon sight
Upon course completion you will receive a Landfall Navigation Marine Training Center certificate of completion in Basic Celestial Navigation

Course Materials:
  • Air Navigation Tables Publication 249, Volume 3 , Latitudes 39-89
  • 2018 Nautical Almanac, Government or Commercial Version
  • Bring a sextant if you have one, Instructor will have two sextants available.
  • All items are available from the Landfall website

  • Payments & Policies

    Marine Training Center Cancellation and Refund Policy:

    Any student cancellation received by 5 days in advance of the start date of the course will receive a full refund. Any books or course materials purchased for a course can be returned for a store credit only.

    Cancellations received less than 5 days in advance will not receive any refund.

    Schedule change requests received less than 5 days in advance of the start of the course are subject to a 25% surcharge .

    Students who arrive the day of the course who have not properly registered or have not properly prepared as required under the course requirements will be asked to leave and will not receive any refund.

    Thank you.
    Wim Jessup
    Executive Director Landfall Marine Training Center
    Private classes for yacht clubs and organizations can be arranged. Please call 1-800-941-2219 Ex: 21 or email the director to discuss your request:

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