Ashore Programs


Sail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation is now a prerequisite to the Sail Canada Intermediate (Bareboat Skipper) Standard.  Taught in a classroom setting, Basic Coastal Navigation covers the theory required to navigate safely in coastal or inland waters by day. This theory is applied in the Intermediate Cruising standard recommended prior to chartering.

Course Dates:

Saturday, November 13 - 9am to 5pm
Sunday, November 14 - 9am to 5pm
Saturday November 20 - 9am to 5pm
Exam (TBA)
Topics include:

Aids to Navigation
Chart Symbols,
The Navigator’s Compass and Compass Corrections,
Basic Tides and Tidal Currents,
Plotting Courses,
Calculating Times of Arrival,
GPS Basics, and
Preparing Pilotage Plans.

Homework will be completed in the classroom with some additional exercises available for some home study.
Cost is $400 (+ HST)  – Class size is limited to 10.
For any questions contact:   Ray Kirkham –
The textbook is available as a PDF if you would like to read any of it in advance to prepare for the course

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VHF Course 

Leatrn all about the uses of marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases, as well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, (DSC/GMDSS) all in a one day course.

A written test and oral exam will be given at the end of the day. Successful candidates will be given a temporary certificate upon completion of the course. The license will follow in the mail 4-6 weeks after the course. Materials included.

Coastal Navigation (Sail Canada)



Taught in a classroom setting, the student will learn the navigational theory required to safely navigate a vessel in coastal or inland waters. 

A recognized navigation standard is now a recommended prerequisite to the Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising and Power Standards. 

The Coastal Navigation Standard is applied practically and tested in both the Intermediate and the Advanced Cruising Standard.

Pre-requisites: None.
The Student will require some basic 

Program Fee: Coastal Navigation - $360 + HST
(Non-Members) 10% Discount for members
Course materials included



Schedule: Times & Outline

Saturday, TBA 0900 - 1600
Section 1 - Introduction
Section 2 - Ads to Navigation and Chart Symbols
Section 3 - The Navigators Compass
Section 4 - Correcting the Compass
Sunday,  TBA  -  0900 - 1200
Section 5 -  Plotting Basics
Saturday,  TBA  -  0900 - 1200
Section 6 - Getting our Bearings and
Section 7 - More on Bearings

Saturday, TBA  -  0900 - 1200
Section 8 - Coping with Current
Section 9 - Leeway and Tidal Waters
Saturday, TBA  -  0900 - 1600
Review the Practice Cruise (Section 10) and the exam
Saturday, TBA
IF Required - Review exam results (or by appointment)

The format of the course up to Section 5  includes about an hour lecture followed by "Homework" which is done in class.  From Section 5 on, the lecture is shorter but the homework takes a little longer as plotting courses and bearings on "chartlets" take a little more time.  There are extra exercises available that the student can take home as homework or those who wish to, may stay behind and work them through with the instructor.

Refunds and Course Cancellations

Refunds for courses for which an individual has registered shall be provided under the following circumstances:
Course Cancellation: A full refund will be issued to a registrant in a course where due to low enrollment, the entire course is cancelled. Prior to the issuing of a refund, the registrant will be offered the opportunity to register in a like or similar course, should space be available.

Other: In other circumstances, the following criteria will apply:

  • In the event that cancellation is received 7 days prior to the start of any course, a refund will be issued less an administration fee of $ 100.
  • In the event that cancellation is received no later than the first day of the course, a refund will be issued less an administration fee of 50% of the course fee.
  • In the event that a participant transfers to another available course prior to the start of the course, only the fee difference between the courses shall be charged.
  • In the event of injury, a pro-rated refund amount will be established and the participant will be offered the choice between having the pro-rated refund applied towards re-registering for the course at a future time, or applied toward another course at RHYC in the future.
  • Should space be available in a program, students may be added to a course at a pro-rated fee based on the number of days participating. An administration fee may apply.
  • Participants asked to leave courses due to safety or disciplinary concerns shall not receive a refund of any funds paid to participate in the course.

Other than the above, refunds will not be issued to participants after they have begun a course, where the course has not been cancelled for some reason by RHYC.