The Basic Keelboat course was a good start to starting you sailing life... It gives you basic fundimentals in sailing and shows you which way is north on the chart.
You should conitue your education and build up experience sailing with friends or on your own boat.
always look to the old ways of the sea as being really cool...
The fact is that Celestial Navigation is a skill that diminishes, unless practiced daily you could be tens or hundreds of miles off. You also need to have a good knowledge of navigation before using this skill.
In my opinion your are jumping a from bicycle training wheels to a Harley Davidson.
Before you start with Celestial Navigation you should take some courses (On Lne or Classroom) on Navigation. Learn how to plot course, make routes and calculate set and drift.
Then, if you still want to try Celestial Navigation, your position will mean something more than a dot on the chart.
Also as someone else stated, GPS
provides acurrate position information at a touch of a button. Handheld GPS's are relatively cheap
in boat dollars and having a couple in your sea bag or boat will make al the difference in the world.
I am sure some "Old Salts" will flame me for this, but in my opinion and the the opinion of US Navy
, which no longer requires it for graduation at the US Naval Academy, Celestial Navigation is an old tool with little value, especially compared to modern naviational tools.