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Celestial Navigation (Master Yachts)


  • Next Date: 26th Apr 2021
  • Price: GBP (£)1,125 (Inc VAT if applicable)

Course Details

  • School Warsash
  • Location Southampton
  • All Dates 26th Apr 2021 - 4 places
    12th Jul 2021 - 4 places
  • Duration 5 day(s)
  • Accommodation Included No

A complex topic explained in simple terms. Feel fully prepared for the exam on the Friday. Outstanding pass rates.

Study at the leading maritime training provider – boost your career. At Warsash, we believe that by providing you with the highest quality training we are giving you the best opportunities to succeed in a life-long maritime career.

Study at the original place – Warsash was the first school to provide the training for the MCA 3000GT Yacht Certificates of Competency (CoC) when these were introduced and remained at the forefront ever since.

Study in unrivalled facilities – we have just invested several tens of millions of pounds in new facilities. Study in brand-new classroom with cutting-edge learning technology, in specialist marine engineering workshops, ETO labs, on the manned model ship handling lake or Europe’s largest maritime simulation centre; you will love it.


Master (Yachts) - Celestial Navigation

This course provides students with the practical understanding and knowledge of celestial navigation.

The course covers three areas:

Topic 1

Using celestial bodies to fix position:

identify and select the most suitable celestial bodies in the twilight period

determine the time of visible rising and setting of the sun

use acceptable methods to calculate altitude and azimuth

accurately plot lines of position obtained from a sight-to-fix position

use the nautical almanac and calculator or nautical tables to find a position line from an altitude obtained by a sextant and time obtained from a chronometer.

Topic 2

Determining latitude by celestial means:

calculate the latitude by Polaris

calculate the latitude by meridian altitude of the sun or planet

calculate the time of meridian altitude of the sun or planet.

Topic 3

Determining compass error by celestial means:

determine compass error by amplitude of the sun or a planet

determine compass error by azimuth or the sun

determine compass error by azimuth of a star or planet.


5 days


Written exam.

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