Navigator Courses (Online)


The role of the navigator today is vastly different to years past and, this is mainly because of the availability of modern technologies such as weather information, better instruments, and electronic charting, etc. The practical navigator course explores these technologies in relation to both time proven navigational practices and the demands of the modern skipper for more detailed information.

Your experience ORCV Skippers and Navigators will lead you on the background and theory using interactive and practical examples with the following courses

All courses run online and are suited to Ocean Racers, Cruisers, Motor Boats, Skippers and Crew.

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Fundamental Navigation Course Includes

This course provides an introduction to the basic navigation skills required for safe yachting in coastal waters including:-

  • Explanation of underlying concepts which underpin navigation theory
    • Concepts of time, and distance
    • Use of latitude and longitude to define position
    • Mercator charts
  • Basic training in the use of paper and electronic charts
    • The information they contain
    • Understanding bearings, magnetic variation and chart datum
    • Plotting and planning, on paper, using chart plotter
  • Tides and their influence
  • Route Planning Fundamentals
  • Navigation technology – Chart plotters, GPS, AIS and related satellite services.

Upon completion of this course, participants will have the basic knowledge required to:-

  • interpret charts, identifying, lights, leads markers and common hazards
  • calculate bearings and plot positions
  • understand the key components required for successful route plans for short coastal trips.

The course includes two teaching sessions and home assignments.


  • Basic familiarity with the use of chart plotters
  • Access to an electronic chart on Tablet, Ipad or PC for use during the course and/or a paper copy of a chart of Port Phillip Bay ( Aus 143).
  • Some familiarity with the use of chart plotters would be helpful.

Fundamental Course Dates:  Wednesday 28th July and Wednesday 4th August 7 - 9pm

  Non ORCV Members $149 per person, ORCV Members $126.65 (plus 50c booking fee)

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Will Oxley Photo Amory Ross

Will Oxley Photo Credit Amory Ross

Masterclass of Navigation with Will Oxley Course Includes

  • Race Planning
  • Tactical Boat Positioning
  • Evaluating GRIB data
  • What if’s
  • Communication

Pre-requisites for the Masterclass with Will Oxley include, 

  • experience offshore navigation experience, 
  • detailed knowledge and understanding of using Expedition Software, 
  • Understanding also of tactical skills

Course Dates:  3 Nights,  6.30 - 8.30pm.  No date has been set as yet for the course so do waitlist below.

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Cost:  $399 includes 7 hours masterclass with Will Oxley (ORCV members $339.15)