Coastal Navigation Standard - To be able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely navigate a vessel in coastal or inland waters. The concepts are introduced in the Intermediate Cruising and Power Standards. The Coastal Navigation Standard is applied practically and tested in the Advanced Cruising Standard.
Coastal Navigation standard has been reworked and divided into two parts (Basic Coastal Navigation and Intermediate Coastal Navigation). There have been minor additions to the standard, specifically inclusion of knowledge of use of a current atlas, reference to collision regulations that may impact the navigation process as well as the ability to estimate intermediate tidal heights based on any tables and to estimate intermediate currents when currents are presented in a chart embedded table. The effective date for the new navigation standards is January 1, 2017.
Advanced Navigation Standard - To be able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely navigate a vessel on a multi-day voyage in tidal waters, in all conditions of visibility and weather, in accordance with a prepared passage plan, and applying the principles and techniques of safe navigation aided by conventional and electronic instruments and radar. (This standard comprises 4 modules and it is anticipated that they will be taught and examined independently. To be awarded the standard the student must complete all the modules. There is no time limit for this completion nor is there a required sequence.)
Celestial Navigation Standard - To be able to demonstrate the celestial navigation theory required to safely navigate a sailing cruiser on an offshore passage. The Standard is applied practically in the Offshore Cruising Standard.