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Re: Learning navigation while land-locked?
Asa 105 is the best, most methodical coastal nav course anywhere. It is more intensive than that which is required for the USCG Captain's exam. Unlike Power Squadron (which is a great organization), ASA certifications are accepted at virtually any Charter base worldwide. You can learn on your own if you are reasonably comfortable with concepts of vectors and trigonometry. The course prepares you to navigate in all waters within sight of land.
Otherwise, if you're just looking for a good book, The Weekend Navigator by Bob Sweet covers topics the vast majority of recreational boaters would need.
ASA Instructor, 101, 103, 104, 105