This entry level course is designed to provide the mariner with in-depth knowledge of chartwork and pilotage that is required to plan and monitor the safe passage of a small vessel engaged on coastal voyages.
Topics covered in this course include: nature and function as an aid to navigation, symbols; sailing directions; lists of lights; tidal currents; navigation in confined waters; navigation aids; buoyage system; charts; chart usage; fixing position; estimating position; courses; conversion of course; distance measurement; reliability of charts; publications; tidal terms; calculation of tides; set and rate of tides; and record keeping.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the knowledge required to plan, execute, monitor and record the safe passage of a small vessel engaged on a coastal voyage.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Describe the principles of construction of the different types of charts and their use;
- Use common nautical publications that are found on board small vessels;
- Determine a ship’s position by use of: Landmarks
- Determine a ship’s position by use of aids to navigation, including lighthouses, beacons and buoys;
- Determine a ship’s position by dead reckoning, taking into account winds, tides, currents and estimated speed;
- Keeping a log book and a record of compass errors.