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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Class Schedule

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 will 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)

What to bring
  • Notebook
  • Writing materials
What to wear

Neat casual


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Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron

Vendor sincce 2012

The Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, with a history of over 120 years, is one of the oldest yacht clubs in Victoria with a long list of historical firsts.

Situated at St. Kilda in close proximity to Melbourne central business district, it is regarded as the centre of aquatic events in Victoria.

Most major championships have been held off its shores and the Squadron was the control centre for the 1956 Melbourne Olympic yachting events.

It is a club of which every member has reason to be proud and has a tradition, which every member has an obligation to uphold.

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Cancelation & Refund Policy

Refund policy: No refunds are provided after the commencement of the course. Cancellation of any session due to bad weather or other reason will be made up with alternative day(s) nominated by Royal Melbourne Sail Training Academy. Cancellation fees will apply for any booking cancellation made prior to commencement of the course as follows: Three or more day’s prior Full Refund less a 10% booking fee. Within 72 hours of commencement 75 % refund; within 48 hours of commencement 50 % refund; within 24 hours of commencement 30 % refund.

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