Coastal Navigation

This course is withdrawn as the text is out of print.  I am looking for an alternative text.

OBJECTIVES

To be able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely navigate a sailing or power cruiser in coastal or inland waters. The concepts are introduced in the Intermediate Cruising and Power Standards.

A course offered in a hard-copy home-study format giving you the benefit of learning in your home environment.  There is no pre-requisite required to enroll in this course. It will be of benefit to everyone who operates a sail boat, power boat, kayak or fishing boat.  Anyone who works or plays on the water and needs to know how to read a chart, determine their position, and use the Tide and Current Tables will find this course useful.  Personal assistance is available by telephone or e-mail.

The exam was more challenging than I expected. I found it to be a very thorough course and your examples and exercises were invaluable.

Mike Broadhurst
North Hatley, Quebec


 

 

 

 

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To whom it may concern,

I took the coastal navigation course from Bruce Stott at Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd. The final exam went well.

Bruce was helpful and professional. I would recommend this school to anyone wishing to take the Coastal navigation course.

Richard Coquet
St Brieux, Sask.

The course was developed in 1986 and revised in 2007, 2009 and 2011.  Upon completion, you will be able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely navigate a boat in coastal or inland waters. The concepts are introduced in the Intermediate standards.  Successful completion of this course leads to Sail Canada Coastal Navigation certification.

The final exam is taken in front of a invigilator.  This person can be any dis-interested third party, not a family member.  The exam would be mailed to your invigilator along with a letter explaining the exam process.  After completing the exam, the invigilator would mail it back to me for marking.  After marking, I would contact you either by phone or mail to review the exam. 

Order your Coastal Navigation course today:

Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd.
P.O. Box 2532 Sidney BC  V8L 4B9

Phone Number:       250-656-2628

The course teaches you:

  • the symbols and conventions on Canadian Hydrographic charts  
  • the characteristics for lighted aids and the buoyage system  
  • the publications and instruments required for prudent navigation  
  • the purposes of Notices to Mariners  

   How to

  • use the Tide Tables to find times and heights at reference and secondary ports  
  • use the Current Tables to find direction and rate of current at reference and secondary stations   
  • convert courses and bearings between true, magnetic and compass  
  • check compass deviation by means of a transit  
  • plot a dead reckoning position on a chart and allow for the effect of current and leeway to plot the estimated position  
  • determine a heading which counteracts known current and leeway  
  • plot a position by two or more bearings at one time,  
  • bearings at different times,  
  • one bearing and a transit,  
  • bearing and a distance.  

 

The course package includes:

  • a hard-cover text which includes a chartlet,  
  • additional notes and exercises, over 50 pages,  
  • Chart #1, Symbols and Abbreviations  
  • three official full size charts of the Gulf Islands,  
  • excerpts from the Tide and Current Tables,     
  • navigation protractor and dividers,
  • mechanical pencil and eraser. 


home study navigation course materials

You will need to download the Canadian Aids to Navigation booklet and map,
this booklet is no longer available in print, only available on-line.
 

A copy of the Free Safe Boating Guide is included for your information. 

"You are an excellent instructor, thank you for that, and I"ll recommend your company!

Have a great sailing summer.

Jennifer Wyma
Thunder Bay Ontario


 

 

 

 

 

The course consists of reading assignments in the text and notebook followed by exercises to be completed. The answers to the exercises are included so that you may verify your work immediately.  When all exercises are completed the exam will be mailed to an invigilator for you to write.

Time Required

There is no time limit on completing the course. Most students indicate that it is taking approximately 40 hours.

Students achieving 70% or better on the final exam will receive CYA Coastal Navigation Certification.

Costs

$315.00 person. For a second person sharing the materials, the cost is an extra $140.00 which includes another set of three charts and exam. If you wish certification and you do not already have a CYA International Cruising Handbook there is an additional $30.00 charge for the book. Shipping & Handling by Expedited Parcel is $20 for a single course in most cases.

THE ABOVE PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO 5% GST

The charts and instruments, $97, are subject to 7% PST, $6.79 in addition.


Order your Coastal Navigation course today:

Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd.
P.O. Box 2532 Sidney BC  V8L 4B9

Phone Number:       250-656-2628

      

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