Navigation Lessons


Use your chance to get the collection of the training videos from one of the most recognized sailing training providers. This is an excellent learning tool, especially for those making their first steps in sailing, as it provides the basic information in the different areas, making the coverage truly impressive.

The video lessons are arranged in eight sections, starting with the navigation aids, where the learners will get necessary information about the buoys and beacons, IALA buoyage system, light characteristics etc. Then they will proceed to the meteorology lessons including the weather information sources, Beaufort scale, interpretation of the weather fax etc.

The navigation is covered within the third section, including the navigation basics, plotting tools, compasses, nautical charts, dead reckoning and position fixing, passage plan, and shaping a course. Next is a lesson on anchoring, followed by the section addressing safety at sea, fire prevention and PF, standing for the personal flotation devices, MOB, or man overboard, distress signals, helicopter rescue, and liferafts. The COLREGs are dealt with in the separate section, while the remaining two cover the tides and currents, and GMDSS and electronics used onboard.

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This is a good collection made of the four real-life vessel collision case studies. The training set shall be used as a good supplementary visual tool when learning the essentials of the ship collision prevention. Each of the cases included in the set has been provided with the very detailed and understandable explanation. Moreover, when performing the analysis of the situations that led to the incidents, reference was made to the relevant provisions of the applicable rules and regulations, such as the COLREG

The incident happened in the Gulf of Mexico in an area south of Louisiana. The incident occurred at night, in good visibility and moderate weather. Two ships, a bulk carrier E and a tanker J were both proceeding outbound at full sea speed and heading of 180 degrees. Additionally, a lash carrier A was proceeding inbound at full sea speed and heading of 326 degrees toward the south-west sea buoy. At a time of twelve minutes before collision, ship A observed the red side light and mast head lights of the two vessels and ship E observed green lights and mast head lights of ship A on a bearing of forty degrees port side. The vessels were in a crossing situation. Meanwhile, ship J has overtaken ship E on her own starboard side….

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The term air mass to the homogeneous air mass that covers a vast area for a long period of time. Air masses change seasonally and influence climatic changes in the regions covered. Japan is located in the mid-latitude where the vast Eurasian continent meets the Pacific Ocean and it is strongly influenced by the serious air masses that change seasonally.

Two major air masses exert great influence on the Japanese climate - they are the Siberian Continental Air Mass - a cold dry continental air mass, and the North Pacific Tropical Air Mass - a warm humid tropical maritime air mass. In spring and autumn, the Yangtze-River Air Mass - a warm dry migratory tropical continental air mass, and the Okhotsk Sea Air Mass - a cold humid polar maritime air mass, exert a strong influence on the Japanese climate.

Finally, there is Equatorial air mass - a tropical maritime air mass that is carried with typhoons. In total, five air masses strongly influence Japanese climate and sea waters. This video will shed some light on the generation of the extra-tropical cyclones. Energy for generation and development of an extra-tropical cyclone is the potential energy difference between the warm air mass in the low latitude region and a cold air mass in the polar region...

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This introductory video presented under the Boater's Highway Code title was prepared by the specialists of the world famous and respected Bennett Marine Video & Boating Magazine to provide the required rules of the road and navigation aids. This interesting and practical video training film was released in 2003 but is still very actual and helpful as the training material. On a highway, we follow all the established rules of the road, or at least most of them instinctively.

On the water, we also have the rules of road. However, unfortunately, they are not exactly the same as the rules we have on the highways. But it is a matter of the great importance for the mariners to be fully aware and have a thorough understanding of the rules of the road since this plays critical role in safe navigation and will directly affect safety of the vessel and of the crew members as well as the environment and many other matters. Take your time and watch the film, it will definitely add to your navigating skills and awareness.

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The present training film is the first of four educational videos making up the US Celestial Navigation series. Not new (produced in 1984-1990 by Magic Lamp Production) but just next to classics, this training will be very helpful for people making their first steps in studying celestial navigation. Quality is high enough to allow trainees to watch it comfortably and detailed.

As it is implied by the title of this part of the series, it is purely introductory, aiming to familiarize the students with the world of celestial navigation, give them some very basic knowledge and make them prepared to go through the materials contained in the main portion of the course, i.e. in the following videos - Basic Celestial Concepts, Celestial Navigation Simplified, and Star Finder.

Should you wish to take this training course, we strongly recommend you to download all four parts of the set to have full picture and more thorough understanding of what you are learning.

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The present film is the second of four educational training videos that make up the popular US Celestial Navigation series; it will be of great use for people trying to get to know the "nut and bolts" of celestial navigation.

The present part of the training program continues from Part 1. Introduction for Beginners and provides trainees with some additional knowledge of celestial navigation. The course is then continues in the Part 3. Basic Celestial Concepts and Part 4. Star Finder, both available for download at our website.

We would seriously consider all four parts of this training set equally important and useful for the trainees since the content of each of the parts will significantly contribute in the improvement of their theoretical knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts of celestial navigation. That is why our recommendation is to go through all four videos starting from the introductory film - in this case you will not miss anything and get a full and clear picture.

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If you only ask any mariner about the importance of the celestial navigation in sailing, he will agree that even noting the today's hi-tech electronic navigation systems, such as radio navigation, satellite navigation and so on, the basic knowledge of the of celestial navigation principles shall be possessed by any navigator.

To exclusively rely on electronics can lead to trouble, for example, it can be failure of the navigational equipment, or loss of electric power - and then all you have in your disposal is your knowledge of theoretical navigation. This video closes the US Celestial Navigation series - the first three parts are the Introduction for Beginners, Basic Celestial Concepts, and Celestial Navigation Simplified, and is intended to demonstrate the students the orientation using not only the Sun but also stars making them less dependent on geographical conditions.

Subject information is obviously important to enable mariners locate their position at sea. We would remind about our recommendation to have all parts of the training course downloaded and readily available for everyone willing to improve or refresh their navigation skills since it will be of great use.

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This third part of the US Celestial Navigation educational videos set is aimed to continue familiarizing people with the world of navigation in very interesting manner. The present part continues from Part 1. Introduction for Beginners and 2. Celestial Navigation Simplified.

Please note that the last, fourth part of the training set which is coming under the Star Finder title is also available for download at our website. Subject training set was prepared to provide the trainees with the basic knowledge of celestial navigation.

Even in a world of electronics and noting all sophisticated navigation equipment installed on the modern vessels today, we would still recommend every mariner to have some basic understanding of the celestial navigation to be able to navigate in case of the failed equipment, loss of power or anything else making the navigation equipment not available or ineffective. That is where your knowledge will play critical role in provision of the safe navigation of your vessel.

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