Course Description

This course provides the deck officer with an in-depth knowledge of the practices and theory involved in piloting a vessel.

Topics covered in this course include: pilotage, steering; symbols; sailing directions; lists of lights; tidal currents; navigation in confined waters; navigation aids; buoyage system; bridge practices; charts; chart usage; fixing position; estimating position; courses; conversion of course; distance measurement; range of visibility; reliability of charts; publications; tidal terms; calculation of tides; set and rate of tides; records.



Please purchase ahead of the course 

Required for the following certificates of competencies:

  • Fishing Master, 3rd Class
  • Chief Mate 500T, Domestic
  • Watchkeeping Mate, Near Coastal
  • Watchkeeping Mate
  • Master 150T, Domestic

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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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