Coastal Navigation Courses in Melbourne at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron

Our Coastal Navigation course is essential for any crew person participating in coastal or offshore yachting. It is considered mandatory for anyone who wishes to become a skipper and extend their boating adventures beyond protected waters. You will learn about chart plotters, the Automatic Identification System (AIS), compass use, setting courses, and much more. Practical navigation exercises are conducted throughout the course using charts. Student fees include your own copy of Australian navigation chart AUS143 Port Phillip which students retain following the course.

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 enroll in a course or to find out upcoming course dates, please download the booking form below, or contact Colin on 03 9534 0227.

Dates & Bookings

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

Phone: 03 9534 0227