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Boating 4: Near Shore Marine Navigation Level 1
(formerly Seamanship)
Vancouver Power Squadron
Vancouver Squadron
Seamanship Manual

Class times are 1900 - 2130 (7:00 PM to 9:30 PM). On the first night, please arrive by 6:45 to complete registration and pick up course materials.

Please see the CPS Course Calendar to register on-line

It is REQUIRED that you complete an "On-Line" registration, or advise the Training Officer at least two weeks before the course starts if you plan to attend this course.

Registration after Jan 2 will be subject to a $20 surcharge, and you may not receive your course materials on the first evening.

Although there is no required pre-requisite for this course, it is strongly recommended that students have previously taken the Boating 2 and Boating 3, or Boating Essentials course, or an equivalent course, or have equivalent boating experience.

This course follows naturally from Boating 2 and Boating 3, extending many of those topics that were only thinly covered and adds many new concepts. A must for serious boaters who want to improve their navigation and plotting skills, as well as to develop theoretical knowledge in dealing with adverse conditions and emergencies. Topics covered include tides, currents, buoyancy and stability, hull construction and performance, navigating in a currrent, relative bearings leading to running fixes as well as a review of two and three bearing fixes. The student will demonstrate an ability to tie several knots and to splice three strand rope, with the results credited toward the final exam mark.

The following material is supplied:
  • Student Notes (text) and homework book
  • Training Chart "A"
The student should retain the following material from the Boating Course:
  • Canadian Coast Guard Safe Boating Guide booklet
  • Canadian Coast Guard Collision Regulations (International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea, with Canadian Modifications)
  • Chart #1 - Symbols and Abbreviations used on Canadian Nautical Charts (booklet)
  • The Canadian Aids to Navigation System booklet
  • CPS Course Plotter

Each student will need to provide dividers, notebook, pencils, and an eraser.

Seamanship Course Contents

The following is a list of chapters in the course manual.

  1. Dead Reckoning and the Log
  2. Marlinspike Seamanship
  3. The Magnetic Compass
  4. Fixed Aids to Navigation
  5. Floating Aids to Navigation
  6. Bearings and Fixes
  7. Relative Bearings
  8. Distance of an Object by two Relative Bearings
  9. Collision Regulations
  10. Tides and Currents
  11. Weather
  12. Wind, Waves and Current
  13. Seamanship Skills for Adverse Weather
  14. Buoyancy and Stability
  15. Medical Emergencies
  16. Emergencies at Sea
  17. Anchors and Anchoring

Appendices on Electronic Navigation, First Aid Supplies, Waiver of Claim forms, Search Patterns.

Courses offered by CPS

Boating 1: Boating Basics (Pleasurecraft Operator's Card)
Boating 2: Beyond Boating Basics
Boating 3: Introduction to Marine Navigation
Maritime Radio Operator Course

Boating 4: Near Shore Marine Navigation Level 1(previously called Seamanship)
Boating 5: Near Shore Marine Navigation, level 2 (previously called Advanced Pilot)
Boating 6 - Offshore Marine Navigation, Level 1 (previously called Junior Navigator)
Boating 7 - Offshore Marine Navigation, Level 2 (previously called Global Navigation)

Boat and Engine Maintenance
Marine Electrical Systems
Introduction to Weather for Recreational Boaters
Extended Cruising
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