Coastal Navigation in the Smartphone Era

This course is designed for a sailor like you. It aims to help you grow as a sailor by providing a deep dive into the important topic of coastal navigation. This is an opportunity to learn something new, that you will be able to use in your everyday sailing to make your time on the water safer and more enjoyable.

The times have changed, every smartphone has a GPS and an increasing number of sailors rely on smartphone apps for coastal navigation. Expert sailor, best selling author of "Sailing for Dummies", Peter Isler discusses the benefits and limitations of relying on your smartphone for navigation. He reviews the favorite apps used by ASA professional sailing instructors, and demonstrates how to get the most out of these apps.

Course Description

This course reviews the fundamental skills involved in coastal navigation which are an important foundation for any sailor. Plus, it takes an in depth look at the apps and computer navigational tools that every sailor can use to stay on course and be safe. This course is appropriate for sailors using GPS navigation as their primary source of navigation or sailors planning trips outside their local areas. This course covers the following topics

  • Coastal Piloting & Navigation 101
  • Preparing For Your Sail using Paper Charts
  • Preparing For Your Sail using an App
  • How To Stay Safe Underway
  • Smartphone / Tablet Navigation

What's Included

  • 30 days unlimited access to this webinar
  • A 75-minute video presentation by Peter Isler
  • Downloadable PDF of the slides used in the presentation
  • Downloadable PDF containing links to resources discussed in the webinar


  • Regular Price - $15
  • ASA Member Price - $10

33% ASA Member Discount

ASA Members in good standing can save 33% on this webinar. Simply lookup the promo code on the Member Benefits page inside the ASA Member Portal and apply it by clicking "Add Coupon" checkout.

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Note: This course is based on a LIVE webinar hosted by Peter Isler in June of 2019.

Your Instructor

Peter Isler
Peter Isler

Peter Isler is 2x America’s Cup winner, former ESPN commentator and a best selling author. He is a co-founder of the ASA and is the chairman of ASA's Educational Committee. A lifelong teacher, Peter loves sharing his broad knowledge about the sport. His world class sailing experiences around the world have made him an expert on many topics.

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