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.


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.

Target group/s

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

Duration & Delivery

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.




  • 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.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for course to be considered


Attained a minimum age of 17 years

Basic Skills

Basic Literacy skills


Two (2) form of Identification (Drivers Permit/License, Passport, ID Card and or Birth Certificate)

One (1) Passport sized photograph (Photos must have white background).

Additional Requirements

A valid Basic Training Certificate.

Steps To Follow

1 - Gather Documents

Gather required documents and get scanned copies of each document.

  1. Two (2) forms of Identification (Drivers Permit/License, Passport, ID Card and or Birth Certificate)
  2. One (1) Passport sized photograph (Photos must have white background). You can do a selfie shot.
  3. For the course Basic Training a valid Medical Form
  4. For those that are upgrading or re-validating require a valid Basic Training Certificate 
  5. See list of courses that require a valid Basic Training Certificate to be submitted

2 - Register

Register online or bring your documents and register at the office.

3 - Wait for Contact

Once your application is completed and approved, an officer will contact you regarding attending the class

4 - Make Payment

Once your registration has been approved, you will be given instructions on making a payment.

5 - Attend Scheduled Class

Attend all the scheduled classes and pass exams

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply to take courses at CFTDI?

You can apply online, call or come in to our offices for information.

Caribbean Fisheries Training and Development Institute

Western Main Road, Chaguaramas,

Trinidad, W.I.

Telephone: (868) 634-4276/1635


How are classes delivered?

Courses are delivered via blended learning. Practical classes are taught physically on location at the institute and theory classes are provided online.

Do I have to be a national of Trinidad and Tobago?

No. Once you meet the basic requirements for entry you will be able to qualify.

Is there parking available for students on the campus?

Yes and parking is free.

"Providing Training in the Maritime & Fishing Industry"

An Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries.