Advanced Navigation (formerly VPEN)
Course 602

Satisfy the Advanced Navigation training requirements at the Management Level and get some of the necessary Advanced Navigation assessments completed along the way! Learn everything you need to know about navigation at the management level (Chief Mate/Master). Contact the Student Services Office for availability.

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Course Description

Advanced Navigation - Course #602
The 5 day course will satisfy the Advanced Navigation training requirements at the Management Level.

Any applicant who has successfully completed your Advanced Navigation course (MARTPT-0019) will satisfy the advanced navigation standard of competence for the following:

  • 46 CFR 11.305(a)(2) and 11.307(a)(2) for Master and Chief Mate of vessels of 3,000 GT or more; AND
  • 46 CFR 11.311(a)(2) and 11.313(a)(2) for Master and Chief Mate of vessels of 500 GT or more and less than 3,000 GT; AND
  • 46 CFR 11.315(a)(2) and 11.317(a)(2) for Master of vessels of less than 500 GT; AND
  • Sections A-II/2 and A-II/3 of the STCW Code as amended 2010; AND
  • The following navigation assessment tasks from NVICs 10-14(Ch-2), 11-14(Ch-1), and 03-18; 1.1.A, 1.2.A, 1.2.B, 1.2.C, 2.2.A, 3.1.A, 3.2.A, 3.3.A, 5.2.A, 7.4.A, 7.4.B, and 7.4.C.

Applicants who have successfully completed your course need not present completed "Task Control Sheets" for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

Subjects Include:
Voyage Planning for All Conditions;
Ship's Routing and Ship's Reporting System;
Terrestrial Navigation;
Mercator and Great Circle Sailings;
Calculation of Tidal Conditions;
Enhanced LORAN;
Satellite Navigation Systems;
Magnetic and Gyro Compasses; and
Blind Pilotage.

5 day class in Fort Lauderdale

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Required Materials

Bowditch, Plotting Tools, Scientific Calculator, Tide and Current Books 1983 (optional)



Outstanding class, very hard but was great
Ronald, Friday May 2022
Advanced Navigation (formerly VPEN)
Amazing class. Dave Fahey really did more for me than I could have imagined. I have always struggled with math since middle school. For the first time in my life I not only understood the how and why of it but actually enjoyed it. This coupled with the increased knowledge I gained made the course well worth it for me.
Christopher, Friday February 2019
Advanced Navigation (formerly VPEN)