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December 20, 2011 03:17 PM EST

Coastal Navigation

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Coastal Navigation Sail Training
Grassroots Sailing is a member school of the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA), which governs the sport of sailing in Canada. All our programs are taught to their standards, which emphasize safety and good seamanship.

The Learn to Cruise division of the CYA, of which we are a part, teaches students to crew, or act as skipper aboard cruising sailboats. There are a number of courses laid out to achieve this end.

A critical function required by each sailing student is the art of navigation. It is the philosophy of Grassroots Sailing that each student should begin the process of acquiring some of the basic navigation skills at the very beginning of their sailing skills training.

To that end we have introduced the first part of the Coastal Navigation course as a module of the Basic Cruising Modular Theory. Part one in conjunction with Part two (Intermediate Cruising Modular Theory) will lead to the Coastal Navigation Standard certificate.

Completion of this standard is recommended by CYA before taking the Intermediate standard practical. It is a prerequisite for the Advanced Cruising Standard. This then qualifies them to navigate a vessel in coastal waters where they can practice their newly acquired skills. Excellent navigation skills are the mark of every prudent and competent sailor.

Grassroots Sailing has compiled textual materials from several sources as there is no suitable text for the CYA Coastal Navigation Standard. We have developed a companion powerpoint program that is available to registered students online. This material is included as reference material for the course.


"To be able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely navigate a sailing cruiser in coastal or inland waters. The concepts are introduced in the Intermediate Cruising and Power Standards. The Standard is applied practically and tested in the Advanced Cruising Standard. "
Course Content Synopsis CYA detailed
Coastal Navigation prospectus (link)
(Basic level)
• Charts
• Buoyage System
• Tides & Currents
• Terrestrial System
• Magnetic Compass
• Plotting
• Dead Reckoning

(Intermediate level)
• Variation & Deviation
• Plotting, Dead Reckoning & Lines of Position
• Two bearing fix
• Three bearing fix
• Running Fix
• Set & Drift
• Leeway


• Practical is incorporated into Basic,Intermediate and Advanced Cruising Standards
The Advanced Cruising Standard is conducted on one of the following boats depending on location; a Nautor Swan 59 in the Caribbean; a Hunter 45 on the Great Lakes. This winter season we are offering the Advanced course(s) from Sint Maarten.
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