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The JSA navigation/seamanship syllabus and online course is now available.
If you have enrolled, you may log into the online course by 
clicking here.


In response to ongoing concerns about inconsistent teaching standards and resources for the navigation training of the junior sailors in the Big Boat program, the JSA has undertaken the development of a high quality and complete navigation/seamanship syllabus.  This syllabus can be used as a text for a standard classroom setting and it has also been developed as an online course.  The online course can be used by the instructor as a classroom asset, as well as provide the student with the ability to complete the course independently, at their own pace, while away from their club traveling to regattas, or in any location or at any pace that may be appropriate.

Navigation teachers and students at JSA clubs may now self-enroll in the online course. Please view this short video as a guide. You will need the enrollment key for your junior program, which may be obtained from your sailing program's administrator.

To enroll, click here , select “New Account Sign Up” and then create your personal account as follows:

·        Username (all lower case and no spaces) and Password

·        Club junior program you are active in this summer

·        Email: personal email you use regularly

·        First and Last name

·        City, State and Country


After you submit your enrollment, look for a confirmation email within two minutes and follow its instructions. After you complete the enrollment you will have immediate access to the course in a student role.


Navigation teachers should then alert the JSA office by email, with subject “Nav Course", to confirm your role as teacher. It may take about 24 hours to upgrade your new account to the teacher role.   


If you have an enhancement to suggest or see anything that seems confusing, please email the JSA office at with subject “Nav Course”.


The navigation and seamanship tests in August will be based on the same syllabus as used in this online course. The advanced test will be a written test given on at Port Washington and Riverside yacht clubs and the basic test will be given online, which is the same procedure as last year.


The course will use the Training Chart 12354TR for Eastern Long Island Sound. An initial supply of these charts was distributed by JSA to clubs participating in 2011. Additional 12354TR charts may be purchased for approximately $6 each from various local sources including Landfall Navigation in Stamford, CT.