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Coastal Navigation Seminar


This seminar takes place at the hotel Maria's by the Sea, on the bay near Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. Staff and participants will live and learn together for 4 nights and 3 days. Each day we will work together to make breakfast followed by a morning learning session. We will break for lunch, and there will be another afternoon learning session as well. In the afternoons and evenings, there will be time to relax by the pool, wander around the hills, and explore the beaches below. We will collaborate on the dinner efforts as well. 

The goal of this seminar is to achieve Coastal Navigation Certification and be well set up for your practical time out on the boat. As such, curriculum topics include navigation theory, collision regulations, aids to navigation, tides and currents, as well as chart plotting techniques and practice. 

There will be course materials sent out prior to the trip to be reviewed before your arrival. We will work to keep content clear, concise and practical. There will be celebrations of knowledge (ie. short exams) throughout the seminar to formalize your certification. This certification and knowledge is essential to support great seamanship and future bareboat chartering.

If you are participating in the Alumni Sailing Trip immediately following, this seminar will prepare you well to utilize your newly honed navigation skills as we set sail throughout the islands.

Non-grad family and guests who are interested in the intricacies of navigation are welcome.


Coastal Navigation
Dates: March 26-28, 2014
Duration: 3 days
Cost: $475 - includes paired hotel lodging
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Typical Female/Male Mix:


Course start/end: Tortola, British Virgin Islands

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(this is a subjective rating of anticipated physical difficulty- weather, route, and the group mix can combine to make trips more or less "difficult"— higher numbers mean more challenge.)


Warm weather sailing. Group living in a hotel.

Fly in/out: Beef Island Airport ("EIS") - Tortola
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Signing Up
A $200 per person non-refundable deposit is required for enrollment on all alumni trips. If you would like to sign up or have questions just give us a call at 1-800-332-4280 or email at

Haven't you always wanted to learn to sail? Photo: Andrew Chapman
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