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Coastal Navigation Course

Coastal Navigation CourseCoastal Navigation Course

The Coastal Navigation course teaches you skills that ensure safe and successful navigation in coastal waters.  A must for sailing along our coastal waters.

Part 1:  Theory (Home-based study) – Canadian Recreational Yachting Association 

The workbook manual:  The book contains exercises at the end of each chapter/module which are done as a home based study.

Chart work also forms part of the study.

In addition to the workbook and chart, Bretton/Portland Plotter, and Chart 1 is supplied.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Chart symbols, terms & abbreviations
  • Sailing directions
  • Tide and current tables
  • Collision Regulations
  • Radio Aids to marine navigation
  • Navigation terminology
  • Terms & characteristics used for lighted aids to navigation
  • Significance of shapes, colours and lights used in the aids to the Navigation System

Fee: $150.00 + tax

Part 2:   Practical

Once the course work is completed, a  morning of review / instruction in our on- site classroom or on the water completes the certification.

Fee: $400.00 + tax

OR : The practical aspect is done as part of the intermediate/day skipper course or just prior to bareboating.  Call or email for more details

On successful completion of the Coastal Navigation course you will have the confidence to safely navigate through challenging conditions, shallow waters, changing tides, and currents.


None, but it is a prerequisite to the Advanced Cruising certification, for bareboat chartering and for attaining the International Certificate of Competency (ICC) for sailing and bareboating in Europe and the Mediterranean.

Contact us for details.

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Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd
1690 Stewart Ave Nanaimo BC BC Canada V9S 4E1
1-250-754-8601 / 1-877-754-8601 Start Price 1000 CAD
Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd
1690 Stewart Ave Nanaimo BC BC Canada V9S 4E1
1-250-754-8601 / 1-877-754-8601

Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd.
1690 Stewart Ave Nanaimo BC, Canada V9S 4E1

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To our valued boating community,

As we’re all aware, the COVID-19 virus pandemic is continuing to impact and change our world, however we do look forward to a safe and wonderful 2021 boating season.

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We look forward to welcoming you to our base and our wonderful cruising ground soon!