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ASA105 Coastal Navigation Certification

Coastal Navigation Certification – Home Study

Prerequisites: none

Classes: at home

Registration Fee: $349 member and $399 non-member

Dates: 40-60 hours, on your schedule, the exam must be taken within 6 months

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Learn practical navigation on inland and coastal waters, including chart reading, piloting, rules of the road, tides and currents, and more. Includes both echart and paper chart training. This course is a prerequisite for ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising. This home self-study course prepares you to navigate safely and confidently in all conditions of visibility.

Self-study is vital for success. The written exam for this course includes questions on navigation publications, charting, and reading tide and current tables. Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive your American Sailing Association Coastal Navigation ASA105 certification.

You can reasonably expect to spend approximately 40 to 60 hours on this course at your own pace. The number varies based on how much optional material you choose to cover. You have the option to control how much work you do during each session. There are no prerequisites for this course.

With COVID restrictions, this is the ideal time to get your (at home!) ASA105 certification.

ASA105 Phases

Phase 1

Register and pay the course fee for the ASA105 home study. Austin Yacht Club will then assign you a Guide to help you every step of the way.

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Phase 2

Order your Textbook and Complete the First 4 Chapters
Practice problems are heavily weighted toward the exam and are designed to both challenge and enforce the student’s knowledge of navigation theory. It takes about 90-minutes to work through each of the textbook’s nine chapters. Students are encouraged to either email or call their Guide with any questions or clarifications.

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Phase 3

Meet with your ASA Guide
After completing the first four chapters of the textbook, the student will meet with their Guide who is an ASA Instructor for a 2-hour classroom session to monitor your progress and offer suggestions for improving.

Phase 4

Take Practice Exam
When the student has completed the final five chapters of the textbook they are ready to take a practice exam. Once they can pass the practice exam, they are ready to take the certification written exam the written exam.

Phase 5

Take Final Written Exam
When the student is ready to take the exam he/she then sets a date for the ASA Instructor to proctor the exam. It takes approximately 4 hours for the ASA105 review and written exam.

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