Intermediate Coastal Navigation

Course Information

This course builds on the basic knowledge of navigation theory presented in the Sail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation Standard. 



License and certificates: PCOC, Basic Cruising Standard, Basic Coastal Navigation 


Program format:

 12 hours training with written exam 

This is the second course in a comprehensive set of courses offered by Sail Canada on vessel navigation. The curriculum focus is on near shore navigation and covers position determination methods using non-electronic means as well as methods for dealing with current and leeway. The course also covers the determination of intermediate tidal heights and introduces the student to the basics of passage planning and to the impact that the Collision Regulations may have on navigational practice. 

Students completing this course will have practiced and should understand the tools and techniques to support planning and safe passage making for coastal voyages. 

Sessions complement material introduced in the Sail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation course and practiced in the Intermediate Cruising or Intermediate Power practical courses. The standard emphasizes the navigational skills at a level appropriate for bare boat chartering and for extended cruises in coastal waters. The concepts and skills covered will be applied in the Advanced Cruising course and prepares students for the Sail Canada Advanced Navigation course. 

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

Course Fee

Course Fee: CAD 480+ HST

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

*Plotting tools will be provided by your request.


Form of payment:

• by e-transfer to


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