Coastal Navigation C

Why do I need to do a Coastal Navigation Course?

Our Coastal Navigation course is essential for any crew person participating in coastal or offshore yachting. This course is considered mandatory for anyone wishing to become a skipper. Coastal Navigation allows you to extend your boating adventures beyond protected waters. Learn about chart plotters, the Automatic Identification System (AIS), compass use, setting courses, and much more. Charts are used to conduct practical navigation exercises. Student fees include: your own copy of Australian navigation chart AUS143 Port Phillip (approx. $50). You will keep these charts after the course and take them on your sailing adventures.

Course Details

Subjects included 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 ( GPS) 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.
  • AIS (Automatic Identification System) What is it and how to use it to improve your personal safety & navigation
  • Chartplotter usage. How to use these systems and how they differ to chart usage

Duration: 2 x 6 hour sessions run over consecutive Saturdays. 9am – 5pm.

Cost: $385 per person – includes use of classroom navigation tools and a marine chart of Port Phillip (AUS 143)

Students are encouraged to bring any chart navigation tools such as a Breton protractor, parallel rule or chart dividers to class. These tools will be required to complete homework navigation tasks.

Please note this course is limited to a maximum of 12 students and requires a minimum of 6 students to commence. To enrol in a course or to find out upcoming course dates, contact Colin on 03 9534 0227.

Dates & Bookings

Other Courses

This course will enable a person to safely and confidently navigate the Australian Coastal Waters. If you are looking for on-water sailing training, take a look at our Keelboat Courses Start Crewing, Start Helming & Start Skippering.

For more information contact Colin at the Royal Melbourne Sail Training Academy.

Phone: 03 9534 0227