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Coastal Navigation Courses

charting and navigation instruments

Coastal navigation and pilotage together are the art and science of navigating close to and often within sight of shore. Shores, rivers, bays, and other coastal features can be a hazard to sailors and mariners, but a lot of time is spent around such features. Coastal navigation is essential for moving about these areas and involves using charts, navigation tools, as well as electronic and satellite equipment.

We offer two levels for Coastal Navigation courses:

Sample unit-by-unit description of Coastal 1:

UNIT 1 - Position and Distance

UNIT 2 - The Nautical Chart

UNIT 3 - The Mariners Compass (part 1)

UNIT 4 - The Mariners Compass (part 2)

UNIT 5 - Planning a Cruise

UNIT 6 - Estimating the boat's position

UNIT 7 - Finding the boat's position

UNIT 8 - Tides and Currents

UNIT 9 - Navigating near Dangers

UNIT 10 - Aids to Navigation

UNIT 11 - Buoyage Systems

UNIT 12 - A three day cruise in British Columbia waters (comfort of your home)

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What clients have said...

"Excellent ... completely practical ... I appreciated the timely response and the helpful support and guidance. I highly recommend this school's Celestial course."

- Campbell Ross

Grand Prairie, AB

"The coastal and celestial navigation courses have made the process of refreshing, retrieving, and amplifying knowledge and qualifications highly interesting, thorough and very satisfying."

- Victor Garand

Edmonton, AB

Frequently Asked Questions

What Materials are Supplied?

  • Test Materials
  • Celestial Plotting Sheets and Sight Table extracts
  • Catalogue of Charts & Boating Safety Guide
  • Tide Table extracts
  • Navigational Aids Template
  • Navigation Charts, two Full size up to date Coloured; One Canadian, One American

Why should I take this course?

Cruise with the skills of a professional, ensure your voyages are a complete success. Prepare for Certification with:
  • Sailing Associations
  • Power Squadrons
  • Coast Guard
  • Transport Canada, Marine Safety Certification

I'm really busy, is this course right for me?

These courses do not tie you down to a regular schedule, you control when, where, and how long you will study, and how long it will take to complete the course.