Ocean Sailing and Advanced Navigation

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Ocean Sailing and Navigation Lessons

Ocean Sailing and Advanced Navigation
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Ocean Sailing

The ocean sailing and advanced navigation class is our most popular seven-day live-aboard course. Instruction concentrates on sail handling and maneuvering, fog navigation, radar plotting and collision avoidance, dead reckoning, piloting, electronic navigation including GPS interfaced with Nobeltec, SSB, weather fax, and Nobeltec Weather data. This course is able to accommodate beginners learning to sail a large ocean sailing vessel to students interested in advanced ocean navigation. The course is designed for students that plan to expand their horizons to include bareboat chartering and coastal or offshore cruising. A Sea-Service certificate is awarded upon completion of this course.

Ocean Sailing and Advanced Navigation course outline:

I. The Sailing Vessel

  • Anchoring, Docking, or Mooring
  • Sail Handling including all manoeuvres
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Heavy Weather Procedures

II. Navigation

  • Nautical Charts
  • Navigation Tools
  • Offshore Plotting
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Dead Reckoning
  • Piloting
  • Radar Relative Motion, DRM, RTM plots
  • Navigation in the Fog
  • Log Book Maintenance
  • Rules of the Road
  • Weather – VHF, Ocens, Nobeltec Iridium Sat Phone
  • GPS and Electronic Chart Plotting
  • Computer Applications: Nobeltec, Weather, Ocens, iPad Navigation App.
  • Tide & Currents
  • AIS

III. Safety

  • U.S. Coast Guard Safety Requirements
  • Watch and Look-Out Procedures
  • VHF Procedures
  • Rules of the Road
  • AIS
  • Radar Collision Avoidance plots
  • Offshore Safety and Gear

We provide all instructional materials for the Ocean Sailing and Advanced Navigation course including marine charts, navigational tools, books and other materials related to the course.

All persons must wear flotation while underway. We provide deck-jackets, but bring your own “crewsaver”, etc. if you wish.



By reserving any course you agree to our Terms and Conditions and or Cancellation policy. Course cost is $1,875.00 per student. The School of Ocean Sailing’s secure on-line registration form will charge the supplied credit card a non-refundable deposit of $500.00 per student per course. The balance of $1,375.00 is due 35 days prior to the start of the sailing course.

After receipt of the deposit, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on where to meet, what to bring and places to stay before or after course.

We are pleased to announce we are able to offer trip/cancellation insurance. Cover yourself – Comparative Travel Insurance Quotes. Spirit Airlines is now flying to Saint Thomas, USVI (airport code STT). They have some really good deals.

Click here to view our complete 2015/2016 course schedule


Our Mission

The instructional mission of the School of Ocean Sailing is to teach offshore ocean sailing and ocean navigation in a live-aboard setting.

  • Personalized instruction from professional teachers
  • Teach sailing aboard a large, beautiful and well equipped offshore heavy displacement ketch
  • Teach navigation using modern electronic navigation equipment
  • Teach navigation using non electronic navigation procedures
  • Offer an ocean sailing experience under real ocean conditions
  • Instil confidence
  • Use high quality sextants and celestial navigation materials
  • Offer a balanced blend of formal instruction, practical experience and relaxation
  • Serve excellent food
  • Anchor or Moor in quiet anchorages


What they say about us / Magazine articles and reviews

USA Today Article School of Ocean Sailing

A mention about our sailing school in USA Today Travel Tips. Sailing Courses and Training in the Caribbean.


An in-depth article written by one of our students and published in Good Old Boat Magazine
Issue 21.

Blue Water Sailing Magazine

A reference about the School of Ocean Sailing
in Blue Water Sailing magazine:
July 2007 page 71.