Course Length: 120 hours
Prerequisite: Recommend Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation course prior to attending
Celestial Navigation (Operation Level) is a 15-day USCG and STCW 2010 approved course is required for all Able Seaman upgrading to 500/1600/3rd Mate licenses. Topics covered during this course include sight reductions, time of sunset and sunrise, star identification, sextant and position fixes by celestial bodies.
Students who successfully complete Celestial Navigation will satisfy the Celestial Navigation training requirements of 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(viii) and assessment tasks 1.1.A, 1.1.B, 1.1.C, 1.1.D, 1.1.E, and 1.1.F from NVIC 12-14 “Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch,” for an STCW endorsement as OICNW on vessels of 500 GT or more and Tasks 2.1.B and 2.1.C of NVIC 10-14.
If presented within one year of the course completions: the following Oceans Navigation professional examination requirements for Navigation General: Oceans, and Navigation Problems: Oceans:
- To increase the scope of an endorsement as Master or Mate of self-propelled vessels of less than 500 or 1600 GRT from near coastal to oceans; and
- To increase the scope of an endorsement as Mate or Master of self-propelled vessels of less than 200 GRT from near coastal to oceans; and
To increase the scope of an endorsement as Master or Mate of Uninspected Fishing Industry Vessels from near coastal to oceans.