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Master Limited under 60 GRT NAUT 1480

Ocean Navigation Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

This course includes knowledge of chartwork and pilotage techniques required for coastal navigation, International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, local waters, basic ship handling, pollution prevention, and master's duties in dealing with emergency situations such as grounding, collision, and fire. This course also provides hands-on skills in the use of marine radar and electronic navigational systems for position fixing.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.



Domestic fees


Course offerings

Winter 2024

Below is one offering of NAUT 1480 for the Winter 2024 term.

CRN 92080


Tue Mar 19 - Thu May 16 (9 weeks)

  • 9 weeks
  • CRN 92080
  • Domestic fees $1241.53
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Mar 19 - May 16 Sat 08:00 - 14:30 Marine
Mar 19 - May 16 Tue, Thu 17:00 - 20:00 Marine


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees


Important information
  1. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  2. Students are advised that it is their responsibility to verify eligibility (sea time) for Transport Canada examinations. Supplies needed for course: parallel ruler, compass, chart dividers, 2B soft pencils, non-programmable calculator, and two charts: CA 3606 and CA 3624, which can be purchased at Burnaby campus bookstore, online (with option to ship to Marine campus), or from Martin Marine in North Vancouver. 90% attendance required. Note: No class Sat Mar 30 due to stat holiday weekend.


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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain symbols and abbreviations used on a nautical chart.
  • Identify Canadian Aids to Navigation (buoyage system).
  • Plot positions on the chart using various methods.
  • Define variation and deviation, and calculate compass error.
  • Draw courses and calculate distances on the chart.
  • Calculate set, drift, and rate of the current.
  • Determine course to steer allowing for current and leeway.
  • Explain master's duties in emergencies.
  • Prevent pollution.
  • Use radar, GPS, and other aids to navigation.
  • Maintain vessel's stability.
  • Explain basic ship handling techniques and effect of rudders and propellers.
  • Explain the requirement and use of life saving and fire fighting appliances.
  • Explain the application of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea with Canadian Modifications.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2009


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