Fundamental Navigation and Safety Training

The NAVatHOME Australia Fundamental Skipper Course is an entry level course on inshore navigation, and basic seamanship and boat handling. It covers the fundamental skills to understand navigation and safety on the water and looks at skills that are more appropriate for small yachts, and motor cruisers. It is similar to the RYA Essential Navigation course, however it is designed for waters around Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, and focuses on local weather patterns, and navigation sources.

Unique to this course is an online routing page so you can start to put together the concepts of planning your route. It will allow you to draw your route in, and assess your route with feedback on any specific areas of concern.

And unlike many other online training programs, our online Fundamental Navigation course uses actual Australia navigation charts and tidal tables. You are not just using fictional materials, but actual navigation sources that you would use in the real world. Our weather guidance is focused on weather patterns around Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, based on reports from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (The BOM).

This course will start helping you with your vessel and navigation questions, and help you to consider the broader situation in an easy to follow and fun way. It is a great starting course for anyone stepping onto a keel boat and being uncomfortable at the though of navigation.

$125 AUD
  • - Online e-learning Course.

  • - No prior experience required.

  • - Download all materials so that you can start straight away.

  • - Online Training Chart for the Whitsunday Islands.

  • - Electronic Chart Plotter and VHF Radio Simulator.

  • - Interactive route planning simulation.

  • The completed course can give you a discount on a future Navathome Australia RYA Day Skipper course.

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    Who is this course for?

    Navigation training will be done using a training chart that is extracted from Australian Navigation chart AUS252 which covers the Whitsunday Islands. You can go straight from our course to Airlie Beach, and you will already feel like part are familiar to you.

    •     Skippers looking for familiarisation on Australian Navigation and Training Charts.
    •     Anyone who wants to get a basic understanding of the Fundamental Principles of Navigation and essential onwater safety practices.
    •     Those who have completed navigation training along time ago and want to brush up on skills.
    •     Those who are planning to charter a yacht, especially around the Whitsundays.
    •     Those who want to understand why we integrate traditional and modern navigation techniques.

    Course Pre-Requisites:

    This is a complete entry level course and has no pre-requisite skills. .

    What the course covers:

    • General Seamanship
    • Parts of the boat
    • Marine Knots
    • Anchoring Practices

    Nothing has changed navigation like the advent of satelitte navigation systems and affordable radar. Unfortunately not everyone understands what has been gained and what has been lost with these systems and how to use them to their full advantage. Good navigation practices strive to seek a balance between the convenience of electronic navigation, and the established safe practice of traditional navigation techniques.

    • The basic principles of satellite Navigation.
    • Understanding the limits of satellite navigation systems and how to compensate for them.
    • Chart Plotter Familiarisation.
    • Electronic Navigation Systems & Instruments

    The impact of Tidal movements are more than just the inward and outward flow of seawater

    • Understanding the causes of tidal movements.
    • Understanding why there can be dramatic differences in tidal behaviour in geographically similar locations.
    • Compensating for tidal changes for anchoring and mooring.
    • Recognising the different methods to find information about tidal movements.
    • Predicting tidal height patterns in Australia.
    • Identification Of Tidal Streams and the Impact on YOUR Passage.
    • Triggers for different weather systems.
    • Low Pressure Systems.
    • Localised Weather Effects.
    • Recognising Australian Weather Phenomena.
    • Australian Seabreezes.
    • Tropical Cyclones.
    • Southerly Buster.
    • Recognition and Identification.
    • Determination of purpose.
    • Lighting, shapes and colour schemes.
    • IALA-A and IALA-B schemes.
    • Identification on a chart and GPS plotter.

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    • Basic Safety Practices.
    • Safety Equipment.
    • Use of Safety Equipment.
    • Fire Safety.
    • Man Overbaord Recovery.
    • Rules of the Road.
    • Vessel Aspect & Identification Lights.
    • Your own navigation Lights.
    • Day Shapes.
    • Practical Right of Way.

    How is the course delivered

    The course is provided using the world class NAVatHOME RYA accredited training program.

    Support and Extras

    Through out your course, you will be supported either by one of the NAVatHOME RYA accredited expert instructors, or by one of our supporting instructor at a partner school. Throughout the course, students will have full access to all NAVatHOME supporting resources and access to the international Navathome support network if you are planning an overseas trip.

    • Knots
    • Glossary
    • Buoyage
    • Collision Regulations
    • Vessel Lights & Flip Cards
    • VHF radio Simulator

    This course is a great first step and automatically counts towards your future education with Navathome and Navathome Australia. As soon as you start, you are on your way to being safer and more competent on the water. Graduates of this course will be able continue their training and enroll in our Day Skipper course at a reduced rate.