Coastal Navigation - Newport

Published by Swain Sailing School and Yacht Charters on Friday, 4th January 2002 - 12:32PM in Newport, RI Courses


Coastal Navigation

Coastal Navigation certification

Prerequisites: None

Completion time in class: 8 hours  (please note there is a home study component to this course)

Tuition: $295

Coastal navigation graduates will be able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely navigate a sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters through traditional navigation techniques. Students will also learn how to integrate electronic navigation tools into the navigation plan.

Course Curriculum/Certification Requirements:

The Coastal Navigation graduate will have demonstrated the art of traditional navigation techniques and the ability to integrate electronic navigation tools into the navigation plan.

Prerequisite: There is no prerequisite for Coastal Navigation Certification.

Certification Requirements: Coastal Navigation Certification requires the successful completion of the following knowledge and skills, as demonstrated by passing a written examination. These requirements are expected to be performed with confidence and a high degree of accuracy.

Practical Skills

Introduction to Methodology:

• Understand relative bearings and how to convert them for plotting.

• Demonstrate the use of the true and magnetic compass roses and the correct application of variation and deviation.

• Demonstrate how to integrate electronic information with traditional navigation techniques.

• Demonstrate your ability to use a hand bearing compass.

• Demonstrate your ability to select appropriate charts from the chart catalog.

• Demonstrate your ability to update charts using the Local Notice to Mariners.

• Demonstrate your ability to use Chart #1.

• Demonstrate your ability to use a Coast Pilot and Cruising Guide.

• Demonstrate your ability to use a Light List.

• Determine the height of tide at any time or location.

• Determine the direction and strength of the current at any time or location.

• Measure distance on a chart with and without a bar scale.

• Determine the Latitude and Longitude of a position.

• Plot and label, neatly and accurately, the following items: a Dead Reckoning (DR) course; a course corrected for leeway; an after motion triangle to determine a course to steer given the set and drift of a known current; a before motion triangle to determine a course to steer given the set and drift of a known current; a running fix; a fix; a danger bearing; ranges.



• Understand buoyage systems and Aids to Navigation (IALA Systems A & B).

• Understand the organization of a Mercator chart, including: latitude and longitude, chart scales, chart symbols (Chart No.1), title block, warnings, how to determine distance and direction, and the relationship between time/speed/distance.

• Understand the importance of using a navigation (or deck) log when navigating formally.

• Understand the principles of safe inshore pilotage, such as: safe course, clearing (or danger) bearings, back bearings, ranges (or transits), and use of the depthsounder.

• Understand how to interpret and integrate weather information into your navigation.

• Describe the importance of such navigational strategies as: upwind or upcurrent arrival; anticipating leeway; the favored tack; laylines, working the middle; reaching, not running; and the dawn arrival.

• Be familiar with the safety precautions to be taken before entering fog and describe the following fog tactics: buoy hopping, deliberate offset, and visibility circles.

• Understand variation and deviation.

• Understand the meaning of the visual observations of water color.

• Understand the care and use of plotting tools.

• Understand the benefits and limitations of Radar, GPS, AIS, DSC and MMSI.

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