This is a course in celestial navigation. This will long continue to be a very important backup skill and is considered by the MCA to be an essential part of the master’s training. You will learn: the PZX triangle, star sight planning, merpass, the sextant, time zones, sun-moon and planet sights, star sights and star sight planning, latitude by polaris and compass checking
In addition to a course completion certificate, before the oral examination, candidates must plan and execute a ’qualifying passage’ of at least 600nm on a vessel of no greater than 500gt, have taken sights with a sextant, reduced them to a position on the chart and have checked the compass using a celestial body. They must also carry out practical sights at sea (Ocean Sights) and then present themselves for oral examination to an RYA examiner. We can let candidates have the details of an Ocean Examiner who lives locally and with whom they can arrange an Oral. We cannot, however, offer the opportunity to take Sights.
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