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1. Nautical Terms

  • Parts of a boat and hull

  • General nautical terminology


2. Ropework

  • Knowledge of the properties of synthetic ropes in common use


3. Anchorwork

  • Characteristics of different types of anchor

  • Considerations to be taken into account when anchoring


4. Safety

  • Knowledge of the safety equipment to be carried, its stowage and use

  • Fire precautions and fire fighting

  • Use of personal safety equipment, harnesses and lifejackets

  • Ability to send a distress signal by VHF radiotelephone

  • Basic knowledge of rescue procedures, including helicopter rescue


5. International Regulations for Preventing Collisions

    at Sea

  • Steering and sailing rules

  • General rules


6. Definition of position, course and speed

  • Latitude and longitude

  • Knowledge of standard navigational terms

  • True bearings and courses

  • The knot


7. Navigational charts and publications

  • Information shown on charts, chart symbols and representationof direction and distance

  • Navigational publications in common use

  • Chart correction


8. Navigational drawing instruments

  • Use of parallel rulers, dividers and proprietary plotting instruments


9. Compass

  • Application of variation

  • Awareness of deviation and its causes

  • Use of hand-bearing compass


10. Chartwork

  • Dead reckoning and estimated position including an awareness of leeway

  • Techniques of visual fixing

  • Satellite-derived positions

  • Use of waypoints to fix position

  • Course to steer


11. Tides and Tidal Stream

  • Tidal definitions, levels and datum

  • Tide tables

  • Use of Admiralty method of determining tidal height at standard port and awarenessCorrections for secondary ports

  • Use of tidal diamonds and tidal stream atlases for chartwork


12. Visual Aids to Navigation

  • Lighthouses and beacons, light characteristics


13. Meteorology

  • Sources of broadcast meteorological information

  • Knowledge of terms used in shipping forecasts, including the Beaufort scale, andtheir significance to small craft


14. Passage Planning

  • Preparation of navigational plan for short coastal passages

  • Meteorological considerations in planning short coastal passages

  • Use of waypoints on passage

  • Importance of confirmation of position by an independent source

  • Keeping a navigational record


15. Navigation in Restricted Visibility

  • Keeping a navigational record

16. Pilotage

  • Use of transits, leading lines and clearing lines

  • IALA system of buoyage for Region A

  • Use of sailing directions

  • Pilotage plans and harbour entry


17. Marine Environment

  • Responsibility for avoiding pollution and protecting the marine environment

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