Introduction to Marine Navigation

Introduction to Marine Navigation


Planning to set sail? Set yourself up for success and know where you’re going with our marine navigation course. We cover paper and electronic charting, tides and currents and route planning.  This knowledge is critical for any mariner spending time on the water.


  • Route planning
  • Tides
  • Currents
  • Using paper charts and compass
  • Using digital navigation

Learning outcomes:

Be able to plan a route using paper charts, tides and current calculations. Understand how to track your progress, determine your location and adjust your plan while on the water.

Upcoming Courses:

Please inquire at for next available course.  Group bookings are welcome.


Learn the skills and knowledge to navigate safely on the water. In this course we cover the basics to marine navigation including route planning, understanding tides and currents, paper chart and digital navigation techniques.

Details about the course:


In class:

  • Westcoast Adventure College campus
    5449 Sooke Rd., Sooke, BC V9Z 0C8

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About our workshops

Our ethos is built on the foundation of connecting people to their environment. Each workshop is designed to provide learning and practice to hone individual skills. Vancouver Island is one of the best locations for outdoor education in Canada and with our experienced instructors and the diverse outdoor classrooms, participants will explore their backyard with a fun and educational focus.

About Us

Westcoast Adventure College was started in 2002 and has graduated over 300 wilderness guides. We are British Columbia’s premier Adventure Tourism College and with accreditation, by the BC Private Training Institutions Branch, we ensure the highest level of experience and skills required for today’s Adventure Tourism industry. Over 20 years in wilderness education has proven to us that the benefits of outdoor learning on participant confidence and knowledge retention is unparalleled.

Our Instructors

All of our instructors are professionals in the field with years of experience across BC and the world.

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