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“It was such a difference to be taught in language I understood and by someone who could really explain it. A superb course”
A celestial navigation course suitable for beginners. It is magical to be able to navigate a yacht using just the sun, moon, planets, and stars. chart a path with the aid of a sextant is an essential navigating skill. In this intensive two day course, an expert instructor will help you get to grips with celestial navigation. There is no complex mathematics, and anyone with a basic understanding of coastal navigation can attend.
Rubicon 3 matches our expedition sailing expertise with advanced teaching methods. Every topic is broken down into ten minutes of really rich teaching input and deep content. Students are then given 2 minutes to digest the content and discuss it with a fellow student or write notes individually. Especially for complex topics such as navigation, these short, sharp segments prove to be a transformational approach to learning. Read more about our approach below.
The course is taught in various parts of the country. When you select different dates from the drop-down you will see the location.
Unit 27, Victoria Quay, The Cooperage, Weevil Lane, Gosport, PO12 1AX. (Free parking available at this location)
All teaching is in a classroom, led by an expert Rubicon 3 instructor. Class sizes are limited to 8 students, to ensure that you have proper levels of interaction with the instructor. Students come with all different levels of prior knowledge, but do not worry. The entire syllabus is taught from the beginning, and no knowledge of the syllabus is expected prior to starting
The simple truth is that shore based courses in the sailing industry are often taught by people who have done very little sailing outside of their local area. This hugely limits their skills and experience, beyond repeating the same anecdotes and lines lesson after lesson.
At Rubicon 3, we sail year round to some of the world’s most remote and challenging regions. We are constantly learning, evolving and improving our approach to sailing and navigation. When you learn with us, you will be getting expert instructors teaching the latest approaches to the theory.
If you have been listening for longer than 10 minutes, then it’s time to stop. Any longer than that and whatever is coming out of the instructor’s mouth isn’t going to be having much impact. You will increasingly switch off because it is simply too much new information. It needs to be processed, before more information can be digested.
“To keep students engaged, you must win the battle for their attention every 10 minutes”.
The idea of teaching in 10 minute segments is well recognised as the approach that works. It is variously known as‘Chunk and Chew’, ‘Turn and Talk’, ‘Stop and Jot’ and ‘Listen-Stop-and-Write’.
It works like this:
It is well recognised now that when information is delivered in chunks, we remember more and the 2 minutes given for chewing is vital for absorbing, processing, discussing and comprehending. The research shows that the key to mastery of new concepts is frequent and persistent review of material.
The two minute breathers ensure the brain has a break and can consciously and subconsciously replay the content. Taking a breather also allows students to generate questions.
Start: 0900hrs on Monday
Finish: 1600hrs on Friday
Yes, unless you live nearby. These are not residential courses.
Yes. Your course comes with all the course notes you will need. You do not need to bring any other equipment. It is all provided.
2 Days (Saturday & Sunday)
Some coastal navigation experience is desirable.
2 days of expert tuition from Europe’s leading adventure sailing school
Various. See drop down.