Coastal Navigation

Don't Get Lost at Sea

Learn the proper techniques for navigating and piloting in coastal waters. Learn to read nautical charts – marks and symbols, true versus magnetic north, plotting tracks, and how to use the proper accompanying publications. Understanding the underlying information when using electronic navigation tools is the key to remaining safe on the water. In this essential course you will learn how to read nautical charts. Learn to plot fixes, estimate time of arrival, the proper timing to enter a pass, true versus magnetic north, and all the marks and symbols that you will encounter along the way. This is a HANDS ON approach to coastal navigation that will help you wherever you wander.

CHOOSE FROM 2 FORMATS :
IN CLASS: Participants attend five sessions that run from 1830 to 2130 each session over the course of three weeks. Dates for the courses vary by starting day published on our online calendar.

ONLINE: Join expert instructors for an online course that is unparalleled in its quality and usefulness. Participants will complete online modules and have access to online instructors every step of the way as they complete their certification.

Learning is the Gateway to Having Fun on the Water

Getting Down to Details

Sail Canada Coastal Navigation I (Basic Coastal Navigation): No previous experience required.

Sail Canada Coastal Navigation II (Intermediate Coastal Navigation):  Successful completion of Coastal Navigation I

TWO FORMATS TO CHOOSE FROM:

IN CLASS: Participants in our in-person classroom course will attend five sessions that run from 1830 to 2130 each session over the course of three weeks. Dates for the courses vary by starting day published on our online calendar.

ONLINE: Join expert instructors for an online course that is unparalleled in its quality and usefulness. Participants will complete online modules and have access to online instructors every step of the way as they complete their certification.

Sail Canada Basic Navigation Standard
Sail Canada Intermediate Navigation Standard.

Class Instruction

Course Manual

Certification Fees

Plotting instruments – divider & parallel rulers (can be purchased with your course materials)

Chart 3463 (can be purchased with your course materials)

Chart 1

Tide tables

  • navigation within sight of land
  • chart plotting
  • estimating time of arrival
  • navigating passes
  • navigational techniques without electronics

INTERMEDIATE CRUISE AND LEARN

With the rudiments of boat handling in hand, and once you take our VHF and Navigation Clinics, you are ready to enhance and expand your skills with our LEVEL TWO INTERMEDIATE COURSE so that you are comfortable and capable with larger vessels for longer periods of time. Check it out for your next adventure!

CLINICS

If you are looking to further your ability to navigate safely and professionally on the water, and are wanting to take the next steps in your cruising certification, we have a number of clinics that you will need to take here at Cooper Boating. We have clinics for VHF (ROC)DOCKINGANCHORING, and for DIESEL ENGINES.

Please contact our office for further details

Full payment is due at or within 90 days of a course start date. Cancellations made 91+ days prior to the course start date will be subject to a 10% plus tax cancellation fee. The remainder will be refunded via the original method of payment. Cancellations made less than 91 days prior to the course start date are ineligible for a refund. We cannot accept any changes less than 91 days prior to the course start date.

All participants in training programs must be COVID-19 negative upon arrival to our facilities and be willing to submit to a COVID-19 test upon request.

COURSES MAY BE CANCELED IF CLASS SIZE DOES NOT MEET MINIMUM ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU PURCHASE MEDICAL AND CANCELLATION INSURANCE FOR YOUR PEACE OF MIND. BEGIN WITH YOUR FAVOURITE TRAVEL AGENT.

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Coastal Navigation

Don’t Get Lost at Sea

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Upcoming courses

Whether you seek training in Canada with Cooper Boating or south of the border in Bellingham, WA with NW Explorations, here’s a look at the many training opportunities available.

For more information, email us at:

British Columbiaschool@cooperboating.com
Washington Statetraining@nwexplorations.com 

TRAINING & EVENT CALENDAR – 2022/2023

 

 

Oct 3 & 5

Oct 13

Oct 18

Oct 21

VHF/ROC(M) (Classroom) – Vancouver

Bay Skipper 1 – Vancouver

Coastal Navigation (Classroom) – Vancouver

Basic Power – Vancouver

November 19

VHF/ROC(M) – Online (Register by November 7)

January 9 & 16

VHF/ROC(M) – Online (Register by December 23, 2022)

March 2, 4, 5

March 9, 11, 12

March 10, 11, 12

March 25-31

Day Sail – Crew Course – Vancouver

Day Sail – Bay Skipper – Vancouver

Basic Power – Vancouver

Beginner Crew & Skipper Cruise & Learn – Sidney

April 8-10

April 9-10

April 9-10

April 9-10

April 13, 15, 16

April 14, 15, 16

April 13-17

April 15-17

April 20, 22, 23

April 22-24

April 27-May 1

April 21-28

April 23-May 3

3-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

2023 Charter Client Check-Ride Weekend – Sidney

Refresher Weekend – Sidney

Docking Clinic – Sidney

Day Sail – Crew Course – Vancouver

Basic Power – Vancouver

5-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Women on the Water Power Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

Day Sail – Bay Skipper – Vancouver

3-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

5-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Exploration

Beginner Crew & Skipper Cruise & Learn – Sidney

10-day Advanced Sail – Sidney

May 4, 6, 7

May 4-8

May 6-8

May 6-8

May 6-13

May 7-8

May 7-8

May 7-8

May 11, 13, 14

May 12, 13, 14

May 13-15

May 18, 19, 20

May 18-22

May 20-22

May 20-22 

May 25-29

May 25, 27, 28

May 25-June 1

May 27-29

Day Sail – Crew Course – Vancouver

5-day Power Boat – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Women on the Water Power Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

Beginner Crew & Skipper Cruise & Learn (Sail) – Sidney

2023 Charter Client – Check-Ride Weekend – Vancouver

Refresher Weekend – Vancouver

Docking Clinic (Power & Sail) – Vancouver

Day Sail – Bay Skipper – Vancouver

Basic Power – Vancouver

3-day Power Boat – Bellingham with NW Explorations

Day Sail – Crew Course – Vancouver

5-day Power Boat – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Women on the Water Power Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Power Boat – Bellingham with NW Explorations

5-day Powerboat – Bellingham with NW Explorations

Day Sail – Bay Skipper – Vancouver

Beginner Crew & Skipper Cruise & Learn (Sail & Power)- Sidney

3-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

Sept. 29–Oct. 6

10-day Advanced Sail – Vancouver