Instructions for Students, Page 1

Welcome to Please take the time to read these instructions on how to make your way successfully through the course material.

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Student ID and Password How to Proceed through
the Lessons
Your Student Kit Exercises and Plotting Practice
Your Instructor The Practice Cruise
Other Assistance The Appendix
The Sail Canada Standard Student Agreement

Completion Recognition

Student ID and Password

After you registered, you received an e-mail containing your student ID and password. Keep these handy as you'll need them each time you log-in to

Your ID and password are valid for one year from the time you register, although it should take you far less time to complete the course.

Don't give your ID or password to anyone else. Doing so is a violation of your agreement with and may result in your ID being invalidated. Site access is monitored.

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Your Student Kit

On receipt of your student kit, please check to make sure it includes:

  QuickPlotter 12" course plotter
  CHS nautical chart #9997

If anything is missing, contact right away.

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Your Instructor

You will also receive an e-mail from your assigned instructor. He or she is there for you to call upon at any time should you need help. We suggest you put your instructor's address in your e-mail application's address book. You can also contact your instructor by using the Get Help buttons found in each section. Messages will be answered promptly.

Please notify if you haven't heard from your instructor within three days of registering. Include your name, a daytime phone number, the date you registered, and the name of the sailing school through which you registered.

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Other Assistance

If you have a problem with the course that an instructor can't help you with, such as one concerning payment, administrative issues, or a complaint about your instructor, call or e-mail the sailing school through which you registered for

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The Sail Canada Standard

This course follows the curriculum of Sail Canada's Basic Coastal Navigation Standard. This is one of a number of Sail Canada standards which boaters can achieve. Others include basic, intermediate and advanced cruising, intermediate and advanced navigation, and celestial navigation.

The Basic Coastal Navigation Standard comprises 16 learning objectives. These are outlined in the course Table of Contents, and reference is made to each objective as it is covered in the course material.

Sail Canada is a member of the International Sailing Schools Association. The coastal navigation standard is recognized by ISSA members world wide.

Objectives of the Standard

To be able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely navigate a sailing or power cruiser in coastal or inland waters.


There are no prerequisites for the Basic Coastal Navigation Standard. This standard is a prerequisite for the Intermediate Coastal Navigation Standard, and the Intermediate Cruising Standard.


Latitude and longitude nearest 0.2 minute
Time nearest minute, 4 digits
24-hour clock
Speed and drift nearest 0.2 kt

nearest 0.2 nm

Course and bearings

nearest degree, 3 digits
plus T, M or C

Variation, deviation

nearest degree plus W or E


nearest degree, 3 digits
plus T or M

Height of tide

nearest 0.1 feet or metres

Completion Recognition

Upon completing the course material, you can apply for and receive a Certificate of  Completion. This certificate is included in your registration fee. Click here for more information on receiving your certificate.

We can also help you to make the necessary arrangements to write the Sail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation exam. Click here for more information on writing the Sail Canada exam.

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