This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge of the principles, ability to use and the skill required for the correct operation of the navigational equipment.
This course is approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch of BC.
Knowledge of Chartwork and plotting would be beneficial in taking this course.
Useful resources for the Electronic Positioning Systems (former SEN 1A) course:
Doppler shift car horn – video
World Magnetic Model 2020 Magnetic Declination (Variation)
Copper pipe and neodymium magnet
Pelorus: How to Use – video
Parts of the Ship’s Magnetic Compass – Bridge Equipment – video
How a MEMS Accelerometer Gyroscope Magnetometer Works– video
NMEA 2000 – video
Pacific Yacht Systems – Nautical Networking – website
Gyroscope – video
Gyroscopic precession – An intuitive explanation
Gyroscope on the International Space Station
Precession of the Earth
Sperry Mark XIV Gyrocompass Manual
Design of the Sperry Mark XIV Gyrocompass
Striking and Sinking of the BC Ferries Queen of the North
MAIB Investigation into the sinking of the Yacht Ouzo
Washington State Ferry hits a boat near Vashon Island
Electronic Chart Systems
Facts About Electronic Charts and Carriage Requirements (International Hydrographic Organization)
Open CPN – Open-source Navigation Software
Free NOAA Raster Navigation Charts (RNC) for the United States
Free S-57 Vector Electronic Navigation Charts (ENC) for the United States (Note Canadian RNCs and ENCs must be purchased from retail sources)
Instructions for downloading free US charts
* Final examination will be in-person at both the Ladysmith and Surrey Campus.
This course is also available as an online course with different dates, taught live by our instructors from our Ladysmith campus. Click here for details.
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