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Diploma in Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation

This free online course on the importance of coastal navigation, as well as aids for estimating the position of vessels.

Publisher: ADU
This free online course teaches you about the planning and monitoring of sea passage using terrestrial and coastal navigation. You will learn about fixing or estimating a vessel’s position. You will also learn about the concept of the earth axis, and how the polar axis connects the poles of a body. Learn about how the earth’s axis connects the north and south poles, and the earth’s equator surface equidistant from the true north and south poles.
Diploma in Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
  • Duration

    10-15 Hours
  • Students

    286
  • Accreditation

    CPD

Description

Modules

Outcome

Certification

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Description

Diploma in terrestrial and coastal navigation is a free online course that begins by introducing you to the Aristotle and Pythagoras proposition of the shape of the earth. The course will also teach you how the great circle can be drawn on the surface of a sphere. You will also learn how the spherical triangle can be formed on the sphere by arcs of three great circles. You will learn about the planning and monitoring of a sea passage using terrestrial and coastal navigation. The course will outline various aids for fixing a vessel’s position or estimating the vessel’s position. The course will introduce you to the concept of the earth axis, and how the polar axis connects the poles of a body. You will also learn how the earth’s axis connects the north and south poles. The earth’s equator surface equidistant from the true north and south poles will also be covered in this course. The course will explain how the prime meridian and its anti-meridian can be used to form a great circle. Learn about the great circle that is used to divide the earth into different halves. The format of expressing the longitude coordinates, the concept of the geographical, statute and the nautical mile will also be covered in this course. You will learn about the concept of the knot, cable, as well as the datum.

The course then describes the nautical publications, and how to gather the important information that is required during sailing. You will learn about the features of terrestrial coordinates. The course will also teach you how the nautical chart is used by a navigator to plot courses and review daily works. You will learn about the importance of the nautical charts for marine navigation, the use of the title block, datum and soundings. You will learn about the difference between the two latitudes, and how the meridional parts of a given latitude can be measured. This course will explain the natural scale, as well as using it to determine the relationship between a given distance on the chart and on the earth. The course will teach you the symbols and abbreviations that can be used on charts, how to consciously avoid charted dangers during passage planning. You will also learn how the symbols and abbreviations can be grouped under the required headings. You will learn about the features of the notice to mariners, light list, tide and current tables, and the coast pilots. The important nautical publications of the United States and the important admiralty nautical publications will also be covered.

Furthermore, this course will help you get familiar with the rotation of the earth, and how the development of the gyrocompass can be used for marine navigation. You will learn about the directions on the compass card and the gyro error. This course will explain how the magnetic compass can be fitted on ships. You will also learn about the application, and significance of position lines. You will also learn about the various methods of plotting positions on a chart, the source of errors in position lines, and position fixes. This course will teach you how to use the horizontal sextant angles in position fixing on a chart. The primary method of position fixing, position accuracy, and the celestial fix will be covered in this course. This course will explain how navigators plot a fix consisting of the intersection of two or more distances. You will also learn about the fix by distance races, visual fixes and how to use the vertical sextant angle (VSA) of a terrestrial charted object to get range and position. This free online course will be of great interest to students, researchers, and anyone with an interest in marine navigation. So, register for this course and start your next learning journey today.

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