Coastal Skipper

The Coastguard Boating Education Coastal Skipper course teaches you about traditional coastal navigation practices. It is so easy to just rely on GPS for all your navigation these days, however if you lose all your power, or if the GPS charts aren’t accurate – as in some Pacific Islands for example, then it is important…

Measuring Distance Off a Landmark

I remember going to my Coastal Navigation course about 10 years ago, and sitting right at the front of the class like a swotty nerd that I was. The teacher said that today we were going to be learning how to measure the distance off a landmark and that it was just a case of…

Sailing Qualifications

I love learning new things, especially about sailing and boating. Whilst there is no legal requirement in New Zealand for sailors to have a licence or official qualification, the rest of the world does. So I figure that while I am shore based I should learn as much as I can and get as many…