Fundamental of Coastal Navigation, Rule of the Road and Chart Work
Course End Date:
Marine Pilots, Harbour Masters, Port Marine Officers, & Marine Crew Members
& Tug Masters
The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge required to safely navigate a boat by day and by night in coastal waters with which they are familiar
1. Chart Work
2. Coastal Knowledge
4. “Rules of the Road” (Colregs)
6. Passage Planning
Course Contents (Lectures):
• Weather conditions
• Sources of weather forecasts
• Interpret the forecast with regard to planned activities
• Explain the significance of commonly used terms in marine forecasts.
• Identify the significance of common weather patterns illustrated on synoptic chart
• Orientate a chart or map using topographical features, navigation marks and / or a compass.
• Identify features, including hazards, from a chart.
• Identify your position on the chart.
• Identify distances from the chart and accurately predict expected progress.
• Describe the effects of compass deviation and variation.
• Use transits to fix position and hold a course.
• Plot a course to steer, taking account of the effects of wind & current.
• Navigation equipment:
Electronic Chart plotter
• Marks used in IALA A buoyage system and describe their significance.
• Identify these buoys at night.
• A coastal passage by day
• A coastal passage by night
• Entering into and departing from a harbor.
• Obtain the information needed to devise a passage plan.
• Program a passage plan into a GPS set.
• Accurately predict how much fuel you will need.
• The effect tides can have on your powerboating activities.
• Relevant tidal information on charts and in almanacs.
•Tidal heights and rates of flow for any port and apply these when planning activities.
Application of “Rules of the Road”
• Identify the type, aspect and behavior of vessels by day and by night from navigation
lights and day shapes.
• Identify the correct navigation lights and day shapes.
• Use and understand maneuvering (sound) signals.
• When and how to summon assistance.
Correct use of radio, sound and visual communications in emergency situations including VHF radio,
distress flares, mobile phones hand signals and sound signals.
In what circumstances should request assistance
• Manage a medical emergency afloat.
• Causes, symptoms & remedies for;