Description & Course Objective

Navigation is the most advanced navigation course taught by USPS, covering more advanced celestial navigation techniques, emergency navigation, and additional sight reduction techniques. This Navigation 2009 course deals with learning celestial positioning using other bodies, in addition to positioning using the sun (covered in the Junior Navigation course).

This course also deals with electronic software tools that can be used to plan and execute an offshore voyage. You will first learn to reduce these sights by the Law of Cosines method. Later in the course, you will learn an additional method of sight reduction, the Nautical Almanac Sight Reduction (NASR) method. You will also learn about sight planning techniques. The course includes a chapter on using a software-based voyage planning tool and a navigation program.

Students with Sextant




William Reasons, SN




Bill is a Past Commander of CLSPS Squadron, Past District Commander of District 27. He has taught the JN (Junior Navigation) and N (Navigation) courses.




For course dates, check the Calendar. If not scheduled, call the Squadron Education Officer SEO. Courses will be offered based on interest and requests.