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Celestial Navigation I: The Noon Sight for Latitude and Longitude

Course Overview

Celestial navigation is one of the oldest of all forms of navigation and for thousands of years has guided mariners safely across the trackless oceans of the world. It is a traditional craft that is rich in both history and romance. With the advent of modern electronics, one can now cross oceans with little more than a smartphone to find the way—making celestial navigation as well as other traditional forms of navigation all but a lost art. As a mariner, there are few things more satisfying than finding your way across the waters using a few basic tools, a sharp pencil and a little bit of luck—none of which requires electricity. This course will introduce the art of celestial navigation. It will cover the basic theory and concepts of navigating by celestial bodies, the care and use of the sextant, the use of the Nautical Almanac, and easy to follow steps on how to take sun sights and work out the "noon sight" for latitude.

Students wishing to round out their skills should consider enrolling in Celestial Navigation II following this course.


Thu, Oct 3rd, 2019  –  Fri, Oct 4th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 2 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: Day 1: 9am-5pm; Day 2: 9am-3pm
Intergenerational age: na
Registration Cost: $150.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Thu, Aug 22nd, 2019

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • Sextant
  • 2018 Nautical Almanac

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

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* Early-Bird rate in effect until Thu, Aug 22nd, 2019
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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.