Coastal Navigation

Additional Information

Coastal Navigation is pre-requisites course for the Intermediate level. 

Coastal Navigation  is the comprehensive programme designed to develop navigation skills. 

 Course focus to get chart reading, course plotting and passage planning skills required to safely navigate a recreational vessel in coastal waters. 

Upon completion of the course, you will receive the Sail Canada sign.


License and certificates: PCOC, Basic Cruising Standard.

Coastal Navigation includes: 

  • charts and how to use the navigation tools
  • aids to navigation 
  • true variation and deviation 
  • determining your position using dead reckoning 
  • running fixes and triangulation 
  • effects of time, distance, speed, wind, current, leeway
  • plotting position
  • GPS and final destination

You will have the opportunity to apply the theory with many practical exercises that show you how to determine your position on a nautical chart and how to safely reach your intended destination. You will also learn how to take drift and leeway into account and how to use tide and current tables.

As with our classroom course fully prepares you for writing the Sail Canada exam and achieving the Sail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation Standard.

Instructor: Jamie Gordon, Evaluator and Senior Sail Canada Instructor.

Course fee

Coastal Navigation: CAD 480+ HST 

(training text and exercise, instruments, chart and registration). 

*Plotting tools will be provided at your request.

Form of payment:

• by e-transfer to


10271 Yonge St # 357, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3B5