Advanced Seamanship and Navigation
Academic Units: 2
Spring and Fall Semester
Prerequisite(s): Nautical Science 001A
Concurrent Enrollment: Concurrent enrollment in Nautical Science 001A and 001B is allowed. Special dispensation for enrollment in 001B without the prerequisite may be discussed in person and is based upon experience.
Campus Lectures – 28 hours
Laboratories – One 8-hour Day/Night Navigation Sail
Four 5-hour 2 person boats “Handling & Racing classes” 28 hrs Total
Additional sea time available – Teaching assistant /1st mate sails- 32 hrs each
USC Campus for weekly lectures. Ports of LA and Long Beach for voyages and laboratories.
This advanced nautical science class is taught in the classroom and aboard ship. Using the introductory skills acquired in NAUT 001A, students learn advanced navigation and charting skills required for night time sailing and piloting. Other lectures include: ship construction, nomenclature, geometry, hydrodynamics, stability, buoyancy, aerodynamics of sail and the physics of hull construction. Meteorology, marine weather forecasting, oceanography as pertinent to charting and astronomy as related to navigation are also part of this course.
Students then apply these course skills in an experiential setting aboard a working sailing vessel at sea. Utilizing modern shipboard marine electronics and advanced charting techniques, students must navigate their vessel at night through busy commercial shipping ports and coastal waterways. Students become familiar and ready to apply coastal piloting laws and admiralty laws as applicable to ship navigation.
Students also learn to operate small 2 person sailing craft. This on-the-water laboratory consists of four separate 5-hour sailing classes, encompassing advanced sail handling, vessel maneuverability and racing skills.
Students gain knowledge and an introductory understanding of:
• Advanced hull nomenclature, design, and measurements
• Maritime architecture, vessel stability, buoyancy, hydrodynamics of hulls, aerodynamics of sail
• Marine meteorology, atmospheric conditions, forecasting
• Maritime history and important historic sailing vessels
• Advanced United States Coast Guard “Piloting Rules of the Sea Ways” and basics of admiralty law as applied to navigation of ships at sea.
• Required safety gear and vessel equipment and their application
• Vessel piloting, seamanship and vessel maneuvering under power and sail.
• Advanced navigation and nighttime navigation using charts and marine electronics.
This course is certificated by the United States Coast Guard for license track students pursuing a “Merchant Mariners Masters Credential” (USCG Certificate UNIVSC-155).