Course Description

This entry level course is designed to provide the mariner with in-depth knowledge of chartwork and pilotage that is required to plan and monitor the safe passage of a small vessel engaged on coastal voyages.

Topics covered in this course include: nature and function as an aid to navigation, symbols; sailing directions; lists of lights; tidal currents; navigation in confined waters; navigation aids; buoyage system; charts; chart usage; fixing position; estimating position; courses; conversion of course; distance measurement; reliability of charts; publications; tidal terms; calculation of tides; set and rate of tides; and record keeping.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the knowledge required to plan, execute, monitor and record the safe passage of a small vessel engaged on a coastal voyage.

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the principles of construction of the different types of charts and their use;

  • Use common nautical publications that are found on board small vessels;
  • Determine a ship’s position by use of: Landmarks
  • Determine a ship’s position by use of aids to navigation, including lighthouses, beacons and buoys;
  • Determine a ship’s position by dead reckoning, taking into account winds, tides, currents and estimated speed;
  • Keeping a log book and a record of compass errors.


This program qualifies for the StrongerBC future skills grant, which provides funding of up to $3500 per person for short-term skills training. Please visit the ProSIT StrongerBC page to confirm your eligibility and to learn how to apply.

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Supported by the Province of British Columbia

Course Details
Section Title
CP1 - Chartwork and Pilotage Level 1
M, T, W, Th, F
8:30AM to 4:00PM
Jan 08, 2024 to Jan 26, 2024
Schedule and Location
Total Course Hours
Delivery Options
In Class  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $1,600.00 or $500.00 deposit
Section Notes

A non-refundable $500 registration deposit is now  an option for Nautical courses. The remaining tuition is due fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the start date of the course.  If the course is dropped the deposit will not be refunded.  

If a course is paid in full at the time of registration and dropped prior to one week before the start date a full refund is available. To drop a course paid in full please contact prosit@camosun.ca.


We are especially grateful to live, work, and play on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen (Songhees, Esquimalt), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia'new, T'Sou-ke, and WSÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples. We acknowledge their welcome and graciousness to the students who seek knowledge here.

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