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This course will guide you to develop an understanding of the most common electronic navigation tools and how to use them more effectively. You will also gain an understanding of the limitations of these electronic tools, enabling you to make navigational decisions that will enhance safety on your vessel.

Includes digital version of course notes

Electronic Navigation
Date TBA (2 evening course)
1900 - 2200 Eastern Standard Time
Live Stream on Zoom          Cost $120.00 cdn

Seminar Outline


The range of electronic tools available for Navigation and Collision Avoidance at sea.  

Depth Sounder, Speed Log, GPS, Electronic Charts and Plotter, Radar, AIS, Autopilot

Which tools represents reality or the virtual world

Creating a safe environment – around your vessel

The simple tools, rediscovered

Understanding and utilizing the full potential of your depth sounder and speed log

GPS Basics

How it works and what information it can provide

Location, Speed Over Ground, Course Made Good

Comparing information to other instruments – Speed Log & Compass

Waypoints: Defining, Adding and Using.

 Additional information that can be derived when using waypoints

Velocity Made Good, Course to Steer, Estimated Time of Arrival, XTE

Limitations and Errors

Electronic Charts

Raster vs Vector

Electronic Charting Systems:  Chart Plotters –

Combining GPS and Electronic Charts                              

                                Features, Functions, Benefits and Cautions/Limitations

                                Location of equipment and set up

                                Entering Waypoints, Planning Routes, Tracking, Alarms

                                Multi-Function Displays

When things go wrong!

Issues with over reliance on using one navigational tool

Case scenarios of incidents relating to over reliance on electronics


How it works, type and location of equipment, limitations

                                Screen, Set Up, Range Rings, Understanding Relative Motion

                                Deciphering targets, Gain, Sea Clutter, Rain Clutter

                                Collision Avoidance – ARPA, EBL and Trails

                                Navigation – VRM and Racon features

                                Weather Tracking


Collision Avoidance

Communication assistance


Equipment and Setup

Following a course/holding a point of sail

Power considerations and other limitations

Other Tools -

Forward Looking Sonar, Thermal Cameras, Navigating on your personal Devices

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