BASIC Navigation

A remote learning course

BASIC COASTAL NAVIGATION PROVIDES THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS THAT ANY SKIPPER OF A RECREATIONAL BOAT SHOULD KNOW BEFORE LEAVING FAMILIAR WATERS.

Whether you plan to use modern electronics or traditional navigation techniques, there is a core set of knowledge and skills that will help make you a safe and prudent navigator.
Our Basic course covers all the requirements defined in Sail Canada’s Basic Coastal Navigation standard ( Graduates of our course are certified according to this standard, which is a prerequisite for Intermediate (or bareboat) Cruising, and for going on to learn more in-depth knowledge and skills in Intermediate Coastal Navigation.

In addition, since almost everyone now has a GPS built into their smartphone or tablet, Learn to Cruise Online supplements these core requirements with enhanced content particularly focused on the use of mobile devices in marine navigation.

Come learn with us.

Course materials include:

 

  • A detailed text and accompanying exercises, authored by Jamie Gordon, one of Canada’s leading experts in cruising and navigation (downloadable in PDF form) New Edition January 2018

  • A set of modular screencasts on each topic, using a presentation with voice-over commentary to explain and illustrate key concepts and techniques. These screencasts can be viewed as often as desired.
    Periodic web-conferences will highlight key topics and provide course participants with an opportunity to obtain additional explanations of any areas they have not yet completely grasped
  • Access to a participants’ forum and email and skype access to the course instructors provides interaction with colleagues and the ability to get personalized support as required
  • We provide an online mock exam that participants can take to prepare themselves for the real exam.
  • The Sail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation exam. This is an open-book exam. Arrangements can be made for you to complete the exam within a defined time period and mail it to us for marking
  • A final web-conference will provide participants with an opportunity to review their personal exam results and gain further clarification on any questions they had difficulty with.
  • After completing the course, participants will have ongoing access to the Basic Coastal Navigation course material for update and review purposes.

Course Outline

The course is organized in 4 sessions, each of which is intended to be completed in a two-week period. (Click each session title for a detailed listing of topics covered.)

 

        • Session 1: The Basics: Charts, Publications, Navigation Tools
        • Session 2: Basic Chart Plotting
        • Session 3: Basic Position Determination
        • Session 4: Tides and Currents, Danger and Clearing Bearings, GPS, Mobile Devices, and Planning
        • Session 5: Exam preview and preparation
        • Session 6: Exam take-up

Price of the course is $200 +HST

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Sailing Tips

Any of the Basic or Intermediate/ICC courses can be taken as a private course or on your boat. We can combine levels if feasible.

What you need to know

All the information in the Sail Canada written exam is covered in the on-line Basic Ashore Knowledge module  but we also recommend that you buy the Sail Canada textbook Basic Cruising skills.  Ideally The exam is conducted one evening during the course and exam fees and marking are included in the course fee. On successful completion of the course you will be provided with a Sail Canada international Cruising log book and registered with the Ontario Sailing Association/Sail Canada to recieve a student number and seal for the logbook. (also included in the fees) If needed the Pleasure Craft Operators Card is included free.

 

 

 

COVID

Our  5 day live aboard courses for  fully vaccinated students*

We can offer a private course up to 4 students with the fee adjusted accordingly on one of the open scheduled course dates  Contact us to book

* Subject to Provincial and Local requirements and Sail Canada.

our instructors are fully vaccinated

If we have to cancel courses you can rebook at a later date or obtain a refund

 

5 Day live aboard courses are $1500 for individuals occupying their own  berth and $2800 for a couple sharing a Berth. 

All prices +13% HST

For more details or to Book contact

Instructor@Learntocruise.ca

More information about your course will be provided in a pre-course package

Course ID

2023 Course Dates

Remaining Places

Course Status

SC1

May 15-19

4

Open

 

SC2

June5-9

 

4

Open

SC3

June 19-23

4

Open

SC4

July 3-7

4

Open

SC5

July 17-21

4

Open

SC6

 

 

 

July 24-28

 

4

Open

SC7

Aug 7-12

4

Open

SC8

Aug 21-25

4

Open

SC9

Aug 28-Sept 1

4

Open

Courses in Sept and October

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