Syllabus

Position

  • Dead reckoning and estimated position
  • Satellite-derived position
  • Use of waypoints to fix position
  • Radar fixes
  • Techniques of visual fixing
  • Fixes using a mixture of position lines 
  • Relative accuracy of different methods of position fixing 
  • Area of uncertainty

The magnetic compass

  • Allowance for variation
  • Change of variation with time and position
  • Causes of deviation
  • Swing for deviation (but not correction)
  • Allowance for deviation
  • Different types of compass

Tides

  • Causes of tide - Springs and Neaps
  • Tide tables - sources
  • Tidal levels and datum
  • Standard and secondary ports
  • Tide anomalies (Solent, etc.)

Tidal Streams

  • Sources of tidal information
  • Tidal stream information in sailing directions and Yachtsmen's Almanacs
  • Allowance for tidal streams in computing a course to steer
  • Tide rips, overfalls and races
  • Tidal observation buoys, beacons etc.

Buoyage

  • IALA system buoyage in Region A
  • Limitations of buoys as navigational aids

Lights

  • Characteristics
  • Ranges - visual, luminous and nominal
  • Rising and dipping distances
  • Light lists

Recommended RYA Books

We do recommend some precourse reading to aid you in your week.

Buy Navigation Lights and Shapes Cockpit Cards at the RYA Shop

Buy RYA Navigation Handbook at the RYA Shop

Buy Rules of the Road Cockpit Card at the RYA Shop

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