Coastal Navigation




A nautical chart is one of the most fundamental tools available to the mariner. Much like road maps, nautical charts provide basic navigation information, such as water depths and the locations of hazards. Learning how to navigate a boat is one of the most important things any skipper must learn. Essentially, nautical navigation is no more than knowing how to get from Point A to Point B. But the process can be a whole lot more challenging than simply pointing the bow in the right direction.  Coastal navigation focuses on navigational theory around coastal and inland waterways. while giving students and members a chance to practice chart work in the classroom.

This 12-hour course is classroom-only in order to maximize time for learning navigational theory and practicing chart work.

Over 12 hours (4 three-hour sessions) you will learn…
  • How to fix a position and determine a course to steer using both electronic and traditional tools.
  • How to understand symbols for aids to navigation (ATON) and read a chart.
  • How to pair a compass and a chart to fix a position.
  • How to use a divider, parallel rules, and a pencil and a chart to plot a course.
  • How, when and why to calculate variation and deviation, set and drift, and danger bearings.
  • How to properly use tide and current tables, light lists and other critical references.

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