Coastal Navigation

Course Description

This course introduces a student to the knowledge and practices necessary to carry out the routine, day-to-day navigational watchkeeping duties in a proper and safe manner. The student will be able to read and understand information from a chart, fix the ship’s position in coastal waters, understand Earth’s magnetism, buoyage systems, check and compare magnetic and gyro compasses, obtaining and applying compass error. In addition, the student will be introduced to the basic concepts and obtain an understanding of electronic navigational aids, Loran, Global Positioning System and Radar. Classwork is supplemented by practical chart plot exercises in the labs. [Lab time required]

Learning Objectives

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following STCW elements:

Other Objectives

At the completion of this course, cadets will have demonstrated via testing and practical assessment, the ability to safely navigate in coastal waters through:




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