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Table of Contents


Instructions for Students on how to proceed through the course

Meet Your Instructors


Getting Started

  Introduction to Coastal Navigation; Latitude, Longitude and Nautical Miles; The Nautical Chart; Publications; The Navigator's Toolbox; Passage and Piloting Plans; Test Yourself; Answers


Navigational Aids and Chart Symbols

  The Canadian Aids to Navigation System; Chart Symbols;
Test Yourself; Answers.


The Navigator's Compass

  Compass Basics; Magnetic North and Variation;
Test Yourself; Answers.


Correcting the Compass

  Deviation; The Deviation Table; TVMDC; Practice Deviation Table; Test Yourself; Answers


Plotting Basics

  Plotting a Course; Distance, Speed and Time; Dead Reckoning and Fixes; The Log Book; Test Yourself; Answers; Step by Step - Dead Reckoning; Plot it! with Answers; Plotting in Action


Getting Your Bearings

  Bearings; The Line of Position; The Estimated Position; Two- and Three-Bearing Fixes; A Fix from a Bearing and a Sounding; Clearing Bearings; Step-by-Step - The Two-Bearing Fix; Plot it! with Answers


More on Bearings

  Running Fix; Checking Deviation using a Range; Practice Cruise 1; Step by Step - Running Fix from one object; Step by Step - Running Fix from two objects; Step by Step - Checking Deviation on a Range; Plot It! with Answers



Coping with Current and Leeway

  Current; Finding Set and Drift; Plotting a Course to Steer; Leeway; Step by Step - Finding Set and Drift; Step by Step - Plotting a Course to Steer; Plot It! with Answers



Tidal Waters

  Tidal Height and Current; Tide Tables; Secondary Tidal Ports; Current Tables; Secondary Current Stations; "Tidal Diamonds"; Practice Tide and Current Tables; Test Yourself; Answers



Navigation and Cruising

  Practice Cruise 2, with Answers.


Practice Exam

  An example of a CYA Coastal Navigation exam



  Glossary of Nautical and Navigational Terms
Abbreviations and Conventions
Chart Symbol Flash Cards
Bibliography and Suggested Reading

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