Coastal Navigation (Vessel Up to 500 GRT)

Coastal Navigation (Vessel Up to 500 GRT)

Coastal Navigation (Vessel Up to 500 GRT)


Coastal Navigation for Vessels up to 500 GRT (Gross Register Tonnage)


The course covers the theoretical aspect of coastal navigation that needs to be acquired before practical chart work can be undertaken. It provides the fundamental knowledge required and teaches the basic principles of Navigation.

Who would benefit?

This course is recommended for any individual who wishes to enhance their knowledge in navigation or intends to form part of a navigational watch.


The duration of this course is twelve (12) weeks. Classes are from 8:00am to 4:00pm. A combination of lectures, demonstrations, videos and practical training aboard an open vessel is used in order to deliver this course.


In this course you will learn how to safely navigate a vessel of 500 GRT and less in coastal waters, and will be able to form part of a navigational watch.


  • Definitions of navigational terms
  • Explanations of navigational terms
  • Introduction and usage of charts
  • Chart work
  • Navigational aids
  • Tides
  • Buoys and lights
  • Rules of the road
  • Collision regulations
  • Navigation literature
  • Preparation for sea pilotage & passenger planning
  • Entering and leaving harbour
  • On passage


  • Must be medically fit with good eyesight
  • Must not be less than eighteen years of age
  • Must have basic academic qualification (English, Mathematics, Geography) at the GCE/CXC ordinary/proficiency level

No knowledge of navigation is needed prior to entry


Students who have been successful in the examination (theory and practical) will be granted a Certificate of Proficiency in Coastal Navigation for vessels up to 500 GRT sailing in coastal waters. This course is accredited by the International Maritime Organisation.

This course includes theoretical aspects of navigation, both day and night , chart work, practical navigation exercises at sea in coastal waters.

Possible Careers/Job Titles: Captains, Mates.

Durations : 8 weeks

TT: 5000.00

US: 830.00

Code: CNAV