B.C. Marina's and Anchorages


Coastal Navigation Skills


Cruising in familiar local waters requires skills in a form of navigation known as conning. This could be termed "eyeball & seat of the pants navigation" as most decisions are made with respect to local knowledge with minimal reference to charts etc. It relies on lots of experience and extensive local knowledge.


As soon as you intend to venture a little away from familiar home waters a more involved set of navigation skills known as piloting, or coastal navigation, becomes appropriate.


A Coastal Navigation course teaches you skills that ensure safe and successful navigation in coastal waters.  A must for sailing along our coastal waters.


Some of the topics that should be learned include:


• Chart symbols, terms & abbreviations
• Sailing directions
• Tide and current tables
• Collision Regulations
• Radio Aids to marine navigation
• Navigation terminology as adopted by CYA
• Terms & characteristics used for lighted aids to navigation
• Significance of shapes, colours and lights used in the aids to the Navigation System


On successful completion of the Coastal Navigation course you will gain the confidence to safely navigate through challenging conditions, shallow waters, changing tides, and currents.



Find below a few sites that offer the training you need to safely cruise along our coastal waters.


Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons

Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing

Canadian Yachting Association’s






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