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Night Training

Understanding and reading night navigation lights on the water

This is a training course to familiarize yourself with navigation and boat lights on the water at night in a more "realistic" setting to help you understand what you are seeing at night with traffic around you and helping you locate buoys at night. This is not a formal training program and should only be used to augment USCG and other government approved documentation and training. 


Lauren Alexandra,  "I have only just started sailing and I didn’t even know I needed this—but I totally do!"


Maureen Marken, "If only I had these when I was first learning - world of difference and feels real."


Sandra Pitner, "Wow, that is so much more instructive than a diagram. Great!"


Susan Hanby Kelly,  "I am a visual learner, so this really makes it stick in my mind. We have not done any night sailing, so this is a series I am really looking forward to watching."


Emma Paull,  "This is awesome. I love the light differences so you can see - or not see how they stand out."


Jan Lewis, "This is great. For me, as a beginner, this is spot on!"


Nancy Harrison,  "Thank you! This is quite timely as I’ll be crew for my first night sailing regatta/race."


The program is broken up into BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE, and ADVANCED.  The Beginner program provides video material showing each type of boat/ship you might encounter and their day signals and night navigation lights. The Intermediate program puts you on the water with multiple traffic contacts around you to help you practice reading traffic from various distances and directions at night. The advanced program takes you into or out of various ports on the East Coast of the United States at night and features correct buoys and markers based on recent NOAA charts and includes traffic coming in and out of the ports.


PLEASE NOTE: THESE VIDEOS ARE DESIGNED TO BE STOPPED FOR REVIEW OF ANY DISTANCE OR ANGLE OF THE LIGHTS.


ALSO PLEASE WATCH THESE VIDEOS IN FULL SCREEN MODE WITH HD RESOLUTION.

Beginner

Fishing Trawler 

less than 50 M in length

Submarine

Tug with Short Tow

less than 200 m length 

Tug with Long Tow

over 200 m in length

Large Ship

Power vessel greater than 50 m  length

Sailboat

under sail

small power boat

power vessel under 50 m length

This is a 360 degree view of a number of boats at night. Watch this video in Full Screen, Full Resolution and stop it at each boat to practice reading the lights. 

Sound Signals Practice

This is a practice video for sound signals on the water. 

Day Shapes

Day Shapes - Fishing Vessel

Day Shape - Towing

Day Shape - Restricted in ability to Maneuver

Day Shape - Vessel not under command

Day Shape - Motorsailing

Day Shape - At Anchor

Day Shape - Vessel Constrained by Draft

Day Shape - Vessel Aground