Navigation & Tidal Short Courses
We have devised a series of one day courses to introduce sailors to the principals of navigation, seamanship and sailing in tidal waters. These are ideal for those considering the RYA theory course or those who want a bit more input on certain aspects of the syllabus.
Introduction to Navigation & Tides: Part 1
This 1 day basic navigation course in an ideal introduction to understand basic navigation and is an excellent start for anyone looking to do their day skipper practical in the not too distant future. The course takes place aboard a static vessel with all navigation equipment and electronic aids available for demonstration purposes. The Reed's Skippers Handbook is used as a course notebook and is included in the price. The topics covered include:
- Measuring distance and bearings
- How to use an Imray Chart & Symbols
- Tidal streams
- Standard and secondary ports
- Tidal ladders
- Collision regulations
- Lights and shapes
- Weather basics
This full day course is limited to 6 places and requires a minimum of 3 students.
Introduction to Navigation & Tides: Part 2
This 1 day navigation course in an ideal for those looking to sail further afield or to build on day 1. The full day course takes place aboard a static vessel with all navigation equipment and electronic aids available for demonstration purposes. The 2nd day of navigation theory revises the basics from part 1 and covers the following additional topics:
- Course to steer
- Estimated position
- Passage planning (including multi hour scenarios along the cost and cross tide)
- Clearance over bars and under bridges
- Night navigation and pilotage planning
- Log Keeping
- Introduction to Electronic Plotter and GPS
Limited to 6 places at £115pp or £195 if booked with part 1. Reed's Skippers Handbook available to buy for those who don't have it already. Please contact us for dates.
Practical Navigation Afloat
A day aboard a vessel applying navigation skills and knowledge acquired in our day courses and through self-study. We will aim to cover the following topics:
- Use of hand bearing compass to take fixes
- Navigation and passage planning
- Blind navigation techniques
- Combining electronic and manual plotting techniques to reach the desired destination
This one day afloat course fee of £135* includes all equipment, wet weather clothing if required, tea, coffee and lunch ‘on the go’.
*prices based on minimum of 3 students