What you need

As this course is mostly about electronic navigation you will need a navigation system that you can use while completing the course. We recommend that you use the Navionics Boating app. It is easier to use on a tablet but the tablet must have a GPS.  The more modern tablet has a better battery which is important as the app uses a lot of power.

Course Material

pdf Return from Hobart Exercise (49 KB)

  pdf 2022 Fundimental Navigation Course Student notes (6.89 MB)  Session 1 

pdf 2021 Fundamental Navigation Student Notes Session 2 (18.06 MB)

Recording of the Navionic Session

pdf Fundamental Navigation Exercise 2 (41 KB)

Recording of the video that some couldn't hear

Video links

Using a Portland plotter

Plotting Longitude and Latitude

Using Parallel Rulers to find Longitude and Latitude

Professional Navigation tools



Lots of good Navigators like to replace their parallel or roller ruler with a Portland Course plotter



If you want to use a Portland Plotter you will need to watch these videos to learn how to use it




You will need your own electronic navigation software package 

Navionics available on smartphones and Tablets

It is available free for 2 weeks and then $39 per year

Creating a route in Navionics

Creating a Waypoint in Navionics

Create a route using Waypoints in Navionics

Chart Work Basics

Sea Master Training Centre - Plotting Latitude & Longitude

Chart Navigation (Chart Plotting Part 1)

Chart Navigation (Chart Plotting Part 1)

Course to Steer (Chart Plotting Part 2)

Calculating tidal heights practical boating MBM

Chart Symbols Explained

List of Lights

Navigation related videos

Summary of Navigation marks

Determining bearing using a parallel ruler

Determining distance

Plotting back bearings on a chart (to determine position)

Hand compass bearings – back bearing and triangulation to determine position

Hand compass bearings - back bearing and depth to determine position