Academics | Nautical Science

Course Code: PEN 2930

3 Credits - 45 Contact Hours


Course Overview:

The Sea|mester Nautical Science course consists of both theoretical and practical modules and gives a basic understanding of the knowledge that is required to be an active crew member on board a yacht, whether power or sail. More advanced modules are aimed at increasing a student’s nautical knowledge sufficiently to be a watchkeeper on board a bareboat yacht, or a flotilla skipper in fair weather, in daylight hours within sight of land.

Course Objectives:

Students will become safe boaters and be prepared to meet boating challenges. With this knowledge, they will have a lifelong source of recreation with safe, environmentally-friendly activities. Specific objectives include:

  • Fundamentals of small boat handling
  • Chart reading
  • Rules of the road
  • Rigging
  • Safety and regulations

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will possess the knowledge and ability to…

  • Navigate a modern sea-going sailing vessel, using both traditional and modern methods
  • Understand and be prepared for possible safety considerations related to ocean voyaging
  • Show full understanding of world weather patterns, including ways to forecast and route for weather while voyaging
  • Operate, understand and maintain all shipboard equipment, including the auxiliary propulsion systems, electronics and sailing gear

Academic Materials:

All required course materials are provided by Sea|mester throughout the voyage.

  • (1) Chapman Piloting & Seamanship 67th Edition (Chapman Piloting, Seamanship and Small
    Boat Handling) by Jonathan”Eaton (Sep 3, 2013) 920pp. ISBN10: 1588169618
  • (2) Coastal Navigation (U.S. Sailing Certification) by Tom Cunliffe (Dec 1, 1995) 126 pp. ISBNQ
    10: 0976226162.
  • (3) Basic Coastal Navigation: An Introduction to Piloting for Sail and Power by Frank J. Larkin
    (Jan 25, 1998) 288 pp. ISBNQ10: 1574090526.

Student Handbook

For complete course overviews and syllabi, download the Sea|mester student handbook