VSC205 - Coastal Navigation

Course Overview

Includes the navigational theory, chart reading, course plotting and passage planning skills required to safely navigate a recreational vessel under 65ft in coastal and inland waters. Focus of course is to utilize (certify) passage planning basics, Navigation and GPS Chartplotter knowledge.

Prerequisites:

None. This course is suitable for Power or Sail recreational boating. Takes approximately 10 hours of total time to complete anywhere you have internet access and a browser

Course includes:

NauticEd web-based eLearning Course:

  • Chart terminology, Aids to Navigation (ATONS) and how to use navigation tools to plot courses
  • Rules of the Road, (COLREGS) interacting with other vessels
  • True north and Magnetic north
  • Compass variation and deviation
  • Determining your position using various techniques such as dead reckoning, running fixes and triangulation
  • How to use your current GPS position to get you to your destination
  • Set and drift from wind, tides and current
  • How to simply determine your heading based on Set and Drift

Freedom to complete your Certification at your own pace:

  • Never miss a class or shore- based inconveniently scheduled examination.
  • On-line examinations test and retest your understanding and skills until you are satisfied at no additional charge.

VSC ON-THE-WATER Practical includes:

  • demonstrate use of Navigation tools- GPS Chartplotter, dividers, roller plotter, pencil, sharpener and eraser
  • prepare 2 day passage on Paper Chart - Straits of Georgia
  • 2 half-days as Navigator on a VSC Cruise & Learn- responsibilities include Float Plan, Tide & Current tables, Sailing Directions, identifying Navigation aids, paper and GPS Charting and use of hand-bearing and Ship's compass

Completion of this course  adds Coastal Navigation Certification to your NauticED Log Book and SLC (Sailing Licence Certificate). A downloadable .PDF of the entire sailing course is available to read offline or on your iPad

Enrolment:

NauticEd Course Fee is $375- includes email support assistance and VSC False Creek Office Drop-in sessions with Instructors.

Practical Fee $375

Option 1 optional Navigation Tools- Weems & Plath Navigation Kit- $95

Option 2 optional Practice Chart- $30

Discounts:

In the absence of VSC special promotions, credits of 5% of course fees will be provided to Member/ Student accounts for each of the following:

  • Full payment of Membership, Course or Cruise & Learn 4 months in advance
  • Booking two or more persons at same time for one or more courses
  • 90+% scores on VSC written examinations in 2016 and 2017
  • Enlisted Military UK, Canada & USA

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