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Celestial Navigation

Course Details

 The Standard is applied practically in the Offshore Cruising Standard.  You will learn the theory of celestial navigation required to safely navigate a vessel offshore. Topics include use of a sextant, principles of celestial navigation and the methods used to determine your position utilizing celestial sightings. 

 https://www.sailing.ca/uploads/2019/08/Celestial_Navigation_March_31_2017_effective.pdf 


Prerequisites: Coastal Navigation Basic & Intermediate

Program format:

12 hours) training with written exam 


You will learn the theory of celestial navigation required to safely navigate a vessel offshore. Topics include use of a sextant, principles of celestial navigation and the methods used to determine your position utilizing celestial sightings. Find your position anywhere on the planet using the sun and the stars. From basic concepts to Sun-Run-Sun and more, plus how to use a Sextant and the Sight Reduction Tables using.

You will learn in class, such as how to:

  • Use a sextant
  • Taking a shot
  • Reducing a sight
  • Determining your position


You will also need:

  • Paper and pen for note taking
  • Pencil, white eraser, parallel ruler or plotting protractor
  • Calculator



CERTIFICATION AWARDED: Sail Canada Celestial Navigation Standard


Instructor: Diane Reid  is an Advanced Instructor with Sail Canada and holds a 200tonne commercial ocean ticket where she actually gets to use the celestial skills 

Course Fee

CAD $450 + HST 

Form of payment:

• by e-transfer to saillaviecruises@gmail.com

• by check to SAIL LAVIE SAILNG CLUB INC.,

10271 Yonge St # 357, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3B5