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Easy to Learn Coastal Navigation

For hundreds of years there has been this mistique about coastal navigation. Yet in reality the process is quite simple. In response to our successful online Marine Radio program All Hands on Deck Maritime Training have devised a Coastal Navigation program in conjuction with the respected Tony Hollins.

Our Coastal Navigation course has been devised for use both online and offline learning. This allows you the flexibility to learn and practice coastal navigation techniques regardless of where you live around Australia and at your own pace.

The Coastal's Easy program is an 'Award Winning' program that is easy to follow and covers all the essential requirements to competently learn how to navigate a vessel (recreational or commercial) in near coastal waters. It is based on coastal navigation courses that have been successfully delivered for many, many years.

The Coastal's Easy program has been developed for 3 different worldwide regions:

  • Australia - covering the Whitsunday Islands (over 500 programs sold to date)
  • The United States - covering Long Island Sound and
  • The United Kingdom - covering the Bristol channel.

The program has been developed on the basis that coastal navigtional is based on 3 important areas of knowledge:

  1. Knowing where you are
  2. Knowing where you are going to and
  3. Knowing how to get there

You will learn how to acheive the answers to those 3 components in the first 3 chapters of the program. Everything else that we teach you will be a bonus. Remember you do not need to be a mathmetican, simple add and subtract is all that is required.

What you do need is a desire to learn to navigate and the ability to see it through. Coastal's Easy will do the rest for you.

Topics covered in the Coastal Navigation course

The course covers a wide range of coastal navigation topics which are designed to make you knowledgable and confident even if you have never stepped on board a vessel. If you already have some boating background this program will build on your current knowledge and allow you to practice over and again so that you can keep your knowledge 'current'.

The Coastal Navigation course covers the following:

  • Coordinates, Latitude, Longitude, Meridans, Lights, Finding and/or Plotting positions
  • The Compass, Variation, Deviation, Compass Error, 'Swing the Compass' and Pelorus Compass
  • Plotting positions and courses, converting true courses to compass courses, Speed, Time and Distance, Dead Reckoning (DR) positions and Confirmed Positions (Fix)
  • Relative bearings, Transit bearings, The 'Running Fix', The 'Four Point' bearing, 'Double the angle on the bow', The Extreme Range fix
  • Set and Drift, Tides, Tidal Streams, Find the Depth, Anchoring overnight
  • The Estimated Position (EP), more Set and Drift, Plotting course to counter Set and Drift
  • Buoyage, The 'Cardinal' system, Lateral Marks, Isolated Dangers, Special Marks, Safe Water Marks, IALA Buoyage
  • The Sextant, How the Sextant works, Horizontal angles, Distance off by Elevation
  • Conduct a simulated passage applying courses, taking bearings and applying set and drift. This brings it all together.
  • Electronics in Navigation including - GPS, Radar, Radio etc

What you get in the Coastal Navigation Package

All training resources and materials to be used in the coastal navigation course are supplied and include:

  • Electronic download of the training program
  • Chart AUS252(sent by mail)
  • Parallel Rulers(sent by mail)
  • Dividers etc (sent by mail)
  • Resources covering Tips, Tricks and Terminology
  • Online exercises covering Understanding Nautical Charts, Tides, Set & Drift, Chart Symbols, Terminology and more
  • Unlimited assistance (7 days a week) via phone or email with our Trainers

About Us

All Hands on Deck is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and an Approved Provider of Maritime Training with NSW Maritime. We have been conducting maritime training since 2004 and train over 1500 candidates each year in a wide variety of maritime course.

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