Introduction to Coastal Navigation

Course content: The degree, latitude and longitude, where on Earth are we?, distance, direction, speed/distance/time, charts, symbols and abbreviations, chart work, plotting, position fixing by bearing and distance, bearings, compass to true, true to compass, variation, deviation, three bearing fix, hand bearings, DR, estimated position, set and drift (dependent on time). Exercises/practices throughout both days. Step by step manual and exercise book to enable work to continue at home easily PLUS on-going support and more practice/step-by-step instructions with manuals.

Usually $395 per head – includes 2 x manuals

2 x day course (you can come for one day if you prefer)

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Moreton Bay: Click here for more details

Sydney: Click here for more details

Port Stephens: Click here for more details

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Offshore Masterclass – Presented by Lisa Blair in partnership with Pacific Sailing School and SisterShip

Outline:  This one-day masterclass is drawing on the unique offshore skills that Lisa had developed while she sailed solo around Antarctica and around Australia.  Lisa will be sharing her firsthand account of her demasting, building a jury rig, and transferring fuel from a container ship as well as storm survival techniques such as use of drogues and heaving too.

Lisa will share her risk assessment and disaster management and use of various equipment that aided her in her voyages.  This is a first-person account offering a wealth of knowledge that can be applied as a guideline to personal cruising and keep your vessel and your crew safe on an ocean voyage.

Topics to be covered are: Understanding your vessel and its strength or limitations, Ways of communication at sea including satellite systems, Food preparation for an extended voyage, Risk assessment of your vessel and voyage, Using your risk assessment to design your preparation plan or refit schedule, Storm management and preparation, Use of different drogues and how to set up your vessel to use a drogue, How to heave too and the effects on your vessel while heaving too in storm conditions, Planning for all disaster scenarios including knockdown, collision, demasting, flooding, loss of rudder, severe storms, and abandon ship, Managing a demasting, ways to remove mast and what equipment options work or don’t work, Discussion on building a jury rig and options for this, Conducting a fuel transfer at sea in rough conditions, Managing a flood or broken through-hull fitting, Ways to patch damage to hull as a temporary measure, Finishing with an open discussion.

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Passage Planning – coming soon

  • Appraisal, Planning (and risk analysis), Execution and monitoring.
  • Paper charts of different scales are imperative
  • Back up plans
  • Tidal and current, weather change considerations
  • Interpreting Weather
  • Weather forecasting
  • Interpreting Tides

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Safety and hazard control practices and procedures – TBA

  • Implement basic safety practices, procedures and practices
  • Crew and equipment checked
  • The location of personal safety equipment on a vessel is checked
  • Procedures for safe mooring, anchoring and berthing
  • Basic rope handling skills and seamanship skills
  • Deck equipment maintained
  • Check equipment, drills and Procedures: fire emergency, vessel abandonment, collision, survival, etc.
  • Maintaining appropriate records/logs

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MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION – TBA

  • Operate deck machinery
  • Safety and emergency procedures
  • Operate and maintain marine propulsion
  • Operate and maintain auxiliary system
  • Refuelling
  • Electrical systems
  • Deck operations and maintenance
  • Slipping vessel and maintain Hull
  • Maintain steering systems and pumping systems
  • Monitor seaworthiness

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MANOEUVRING AND BASIC STABILITY – TBA

Safe manoeuvring to keep vessel safe:

  • Considering weather, tide, headreach and stopping distances. Also considering shallow water and narrow channels
  • Alterations of heading or power are smooth and controlled, communication is clear, concise. And consideration given to deadweight, draft, trim, speed and under keel clearance
  • Correct procedures when crossing a bar
  • Anchoring and mooring manoeuvres
  • The effects on small vessel performance of shallow and restricted waters, tidal and wind conditions. Passing vessel’s and own vessel’s bow, evaluating stern waves.
  • Preparations for towing safely, towing precautions, towing manoeuvres
  • Load capacities and RMS information available to determine capacity

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 Stability – TBA

  • Interpret basic stability data for the vessel, apply and maintain the stability of the small vessel.
  • Monitor stability with the nature and speed of vessel’s operations or in an emergency situation.
  • Take action where stability factors could exceed safety limits.
  • Take precautions where anticipated weather and sea conditions may affect stability and watertight integrity of the vessel

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RADAR – TBA

Set up radar and other electronic navigational instruments

  • Operate zoom factor appropriately and familiarization with all capabilities and controls
  • Parallel indexing for blind pilotage in fog, radar ranges, radar bearings
  • Radar is initialised and used with correct procedures and manufacturers’ instructions
  • Data on the position of other vessels and fixed objects
  • Interpret data and use to assist navigational decisions, accounting for known limitations and errors associated with the equipment
  • Operational performance and accuracy of the radar is confirmed
  • False echoes are detected and discounted
  • Construct a radar plot on a plotting sheet using systematic radar observations
  • Interpret and analyse plot to make an informed decision on action for collision avoidance
  • Radar data is used to obtain a position fix for the vessel using electronic bearing lines and variable range markers
  • Radar bearings are corrected for vessel’s heading and compass error
  • Maintain navigational records

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RADIO AND COMMUNICATION – TBA

Radio License

  • Radio equipment is operated to transmit and receive various types of signal as per manufacturer’s instructions, established radio operation procedures and regulatory requirements (including DSC).
  • Operate VHF and HF radio equipment to transmit and receive messages.
  • OH&S procedures and hazard control strategies are applied when operating radio equipment.
  • Routine maintenance checks are carried out.
  • Performance and faults are correctly identified and investigated.
  • Appropriate Search and Rescue radio procedures.
  • Routine checks are carried out on emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs) and search and rescue transmitters (SARTs) to confirm their operational capability.
  • Emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs) and search and rescue transmitters (SARTs) are deployed as required in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions and established search and rescue procedures.

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CELESTIAL NAVIGATION (2020)