Coastal Navigation Course Including GPS

What to Bring

  • Notebook
  • Writing materials

What to Wear

  • Neat casual

Coastal Navigation Course Including GPS

About This Class

What You Will Learn

  • Understanding marine charts, signs and abbreviations, tidal streams and coastal information
  • Setting courses to steer (CTS), allowing for wind tides current and leeway
  • Effective use of the steering and hand bearing compass, making adjustments for magnetic and compass errors

What You Get

  • All course materials including handouts and the use of classroom navigational tools
  • A copy of navigation chart AUS 143 Port Phillip for each student valued at $35
  • Option of attending a 3 hour onwater day/night practical navigation session on Port Phillip ($99 fee)

Description

This shore based Coastal Navigation course is conducted over a period of 6 weeks. Our guest lecturer is Mr. Stuart Marshall, an experienced yachtsman and Chief Instructor of the Melbourne Sailing School.

Subjects included in the course are:

  • Understanding marine charts, signs and abbreviations, tidal streams and coastal information
  • Setting courses to steer (CTS), allowing for wind tides current and leeway
  • Effective use of the steering and hand bearing compass, making adjustments for magnetic and compass errors
  • Methods of position plotting using compass, depth sounder, ships log, sextant
  • Global Positioning System use and functions
  • Weather reports and forecasting services available
  • Lights and shapes, precautions to be taken when sailing at night
  • Buoyage and IALA systems
  • Essential rules and the navigator's responsibility
  • A number of practical exercises of navigation throughout the course, using chart AUS 143 (Port Philip) which is supplied to each student (valued at $35)
  • Option of attending a 3 hour onwater day/night practical navigation session on Port Phillip ($99 fee)

Note that this is not a Yachting Australia course, however the curriculum is comparable to the YA and RYA coastal navigation courses.

Who should do this course:

A shore based navigation course is recommenced for the crew on Coastal or Offshore sailing and boating and is considered mandatory for those wishing to become skippers and/or extend their boating beyond protected waters.

The course is open to the boating public, RMYS members and friends. Please note this course is limited to a maximum of 14 students.

The course includes:

  • All course materials including handouts and the use of classroom navigational tools
  • A copy of navigation chart AUS 143 Port Phillip for each student valued at $35
  • Option of attending a 3 hour onwater day/night practical navigation session on Port Phillip ($99 fee)

This course runs for five weeks. Students MUST attend at least five (5) sessions in order to obtain sign off, and also complete the test which is conducted in Session 6.

Students will be given the option of purchasing their own navigation equipment during the course.

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