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Navigation Qualification
General Boat Licence
Jet Ski/PWC Licence
Passage Planning
Marine Radio
Weather

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SisterShip courses are designed for anyone who wants to learn, understand, and refresh their knowledge of the ins and outs of boating

Marine Radio Licences

There are two licencing options: VHF Marine Radio Licence and VHF/MF/HF Marine Radio Licence. Click the button below to read more.

Refresher: Marine Radio

Has it been a while since you got your Radio Licence?
This quick refresher will remind you of all the important procedures.

Collision Regulations Workshop

Lights and Shapes.

This workshop forms part of our Navigation Course. If you just want this section you are in the right place. It is great revision or to understand the Collision Regulations Lights and Shapes and give-way rules. We reveal our personal technique to remember the lights/shapes easily.

What you get:

  • Unlimited support via phone or email
  • Video presentations taking you through the key elements of lights and shapes
  • Practice quizzes
  • Our personal technique to help you remember the lights/shapes and build on that knowledge
If you’d like to do the complete Navigation course (including Weather, Passage Planning, and Col Regs) Click here.

Introduction into Weather

This workshop forms part of our Navigation Course. If you just want this section you are in the right place.

This workshop is a great introduction and foundation to weather and our Book “Understanding Weather – A Mariner’s Guide” will take you to the next level.

What you get:

  • Unlimited support via phone or email
  • Video presentations taking you through the basics, right through to analysing synoptic charts
  • Terminology and how it happens
  • Tricks and tips from years of sailing the oceans – what to look for
If you’d like to complete the navigation course (including Weather, Passage Planning, and Col Regs) Click here.

Passage Planning

The workshop forms part of our Navigation Course. If you just want this section you are in the right place.

We reveal our personal technique to remember the lights/shapes easily.

What you get:

  • Step-by-step we go through the processes and procedures to create a Passage Plan
  • Sample Passage Plan
  • Passage Plan Template
  • Sample Safety Management System (SMS)
  • Safety Management System Template
  • Navigation techniques for quick and easy position checking en route.
  • Feel more confident on the water

Coastal Navigation Qualification

Navigation doesn’t have to be a mystery. This course is designed to increase your knowledge step-by-step. Each new learning builds on the previous one. With plenty of practice along the way so you remember easily. This will help you gain more confidence and become an active member onboard. These techniques will help keep you become safer on the water and enjoy your boating life.

Our Coastal Navigation course is delivered three ways, to suit everyone.

  • Learn at your own pace $199 (plus assessment) – unlimited access for a year.
  • Learn with us on Zoom (unique system for live chart work!) – $329 (plus assessment)
  • Learn with us face to face $399 (plus assessment)

20% off the theory part for all Pantaenius Customers:

Continuing Pantaenius Sail and Motor Yacht Insurance’s commitment to helping boaters become safe on the water and enjoy their boating lifestyle, they have kindly subsidised 20% of the cost of our Navigation theory course).

  • Learn at your own pace $159.20 (plus assessment) – unlimited access for a year.
  • Learn with us on Zoom (unique system for live chart work!) – $263.20 (plus assessment)
  • Learn with us face to face $319.20 (plus assessment)
Join us as a beginner or if you’d like a refresher. We take you right through all the elements, right up to Set and Drift and Running Fixes – with practice as we go. Our unique system works for everyone, at all levels.
  • Unlimited support via phone or email
  • Learning terminology and chart conventions
  • Where on Earth are we? And what does that mean?
  • Time conversions, Speed Distance and Time,
  • Learning all about the chart and chart corrections (notices to mariners)
  • Chart work, chart scale
  • Latitude and longitude, plotting
  • Position fixing (GPS, bearing and distance, direction)
  • Understanding and applying Variation
  • Understanding and applying Deviation
  • Learn how to check your boat’s Deviation
  • Converting True to Compass and Compass to True
  • Finding your position without GPS: 3-bearing fix, deduced reckoning, (estimated position, set and drift)
  • Passage Planning
  • Collision Regulations
  • Introduction into Weather…. And more…
  • Understand chart reliability
  • Identify charts symbols, dangers, soundings, lights etc
  • Understand and apply tidal and current information
  • Relative bearings, Transit bearings, Running Fix, Double the angle on the bow
  • Tides, Find the Depth Under keel Clearance

BOOKS: When you enrol, you can purchase our full colour Navigation Manual, with step by step instructions. We have a Q&A manual, for practice questions and answers that explain how each question is tackled. $44.49 FOR BOTH MANUALS

EQUIPMENT: Chart (AUS252), Portland Plotter, Dividers, Pencil Compass: $118.99

You will need chart  AUS252 and the equipment listed above, you can purchase it from us at a discounted price (when you enrol)
or purchase via other sources (you may have all this onboard already!)

Learn Seamanship & Navigation

Live Courses

Interactive, classroom simulation set up, which is still socially fun without the high-pressure environment enabling you to really understand rather than just learn.

Learn Seamanship & Navigation

Self-Paced Courses

These self-paced courses are online tutorials via short videos with practice quizzes where you are able to learn and answer questions at your own pace…

Good seamanship translates to safety
on the water, which creates more enjoyment!

What others have to say
“Jackie has broken down very complicated content and presented it in a logical sequence. Well done!”
“Jackie is super, knowledgeable and very informative, great at explaining. Thanks for a wonderful weekend, I’ll be looking forward to your next course!”
“This session was FANTASTIC!!!”
“Thank you for such an enjoyable and comprehensive course.”
“The manual is fantastic!”
“Last week, I completed my five day RYA Day Skipper Practical with EastSail in Sydney. They say it is a prerequisite to have done their ten-week RYA Day Skipper shore-based course but I decided to sign up regardless. I was worried I wouldn’t know enough so I went through all my notes from your course beforehand and also read through the Tides handout that you produced. Well, I shouldn’t have worried! I knew as much as anyone else on the boat, and your little tricks like Can Dead Mean Vote Twice and CADET, and the rule of twelfths, meant that I could do passage planning with confidence. I think it was partly that we did so many practical things in the face to face course with you, and you really focussed on the important bits. It was so much better than having to tackle an online RYA course by myself, you presented things in a really straightforward manner, it was much more affordable, the notes are really useful to refer to afterwards, and I got to meet other women, sailors, too.
“The confidence I have gained through their nav course has given me the strength to continue my dream of sailing. I cannot thank these forward-thinking women enough. Top marks to you both!”
“Thank you Jackie. An informative and comprehensive weekend with practical information and theory.”
“Very enjoyable couple of days. It’s a great opportunity to meet other women sailors – well done!”
“So comfortable. A very reassuring, friendly and encouraging learning environment. I had a great time and learning experience – THANK YOU!”
“Great weekend, thank you Jackie and Shelley. I came hoping to learn the basics of navigation. This has been exceeded, I feel so much more confident. A great group of girls too!”
“I learnt so much & met some lovely ladies. Great weekend all round.”
“Your training has helped me a) one day while fishing the drum canyons wide of Jervis Bay, out of sight of land we had a GPS unit fail and because of my navigational training I was confident in picking a compass heading and making our way home safely. b) i have found just generally being able to read the weather helps in making decisions to go or not and when to head home.” Rob.G
“Without you helping us we would have never gone anywhere. It gave us the confidence to avoid danger and be proactive in situations. The value lies in recognition of potential dangers so that you avoid catastrophe. The skills you actually learn would probably save you.” G and J Mc.
“Learning all the symbols on the chart and now being able to identify ships on night watch has helped prevent close quarters situations onboard our catamaran.” M.B.
“We are definitely safer [on the water], now we know the deviation for our boat and how to apply it.” C.V.
“I feel much safer (and better equipped) knowing more of the navigational aids.” M.G.
“Loved your [navigation] course – going to make full use of it going to Noumea next month. M.G.
“…the information I received [from Jackie and Noel] was and is invaluable. Understanding how to navigate to a set destination, reading and applying wind, currents etc, weather conditions, avoiding hazards, ie collisions, running aground etc, maintaining a vessel to keep it shipshape, lights, ropes, man overboard and much much more. Very few days do I not learn something on the water as I see some crazy things happen as almost anyone can skipper boats of all sizes with nothing more than a standard boat licence and not really knowing much at all. The water, whether it be inshore or offshore can be a very dangerous place and the course I did set me up with a wealth of knowledge. I am a much better mariner for doing the navigation courses, learnt too many things to list and Jackie and Noel were excellent teachers. All boaties should do a similar course for the same reasons I have mentioned. Safe Boating All, Robert Johnson.
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