BCOSAis an organization comprised of people who are interested bluewater sailing and navigation, in particular astro navigation, also called celestial navigation.
We organize courses for people who want to learn to do celestial navigation — mostly by live video conferencing software. There are not many traditional navigators about in the world. The Internet helps the few of us there are to stay connected with each other, and to advance in our skills.
When the mood strikes us, some of us go sailing together.
Click here to see the outline of the course taught in January/February, 2018.
Maximum class size = 5 students.
$500 CDN for 30 hours of live, video-conferenced class, which includes textbook and reference materials (Nautical Almanac, Pub. 249) shipped anywhere in the world.
If you would like to explore other opportunities for learning celestial, do consider these.
Another option for a live webinar course would be from the The Maryland School of Sailing and Seamanship (24 hours for $550 US — around $700 CDN).
If you are able to attend an on-site class in Toronto, you could take the course from the Harbourfront Centre (38 hours for $595 CDN).
Some people's brains are wired such that they can do well in a correspondence course. If you have this sort of learning style, Starpath offers a correspondence course in celestial navigation ($279 US — around $360 CDN). Work at your own pace. You have a year to finish.
Classes will be fully interactive, so if your computer does not already have a webcam and microphone, you will need to purchase those items for yourself.
You will need basic navigational plotting tools, such as drafting compass, protractor, and parallel rule. If you do not already own these, your instructor will make some recommendations from Amazon.
There is always a bit of a mental hurdle for learners as they try to visualize the 3-dimensional earth using drawings on 2-dimensional paper or computer screen. So while not essential, if you have a 12" globe of the earth, you will find it helpful to you as you try and visualize Great Circle routes, and the navigational triangle.
If you don't already have one, you
maywant to purchase a sextant. Click here for a discussion about that.