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Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation & Compasses (TCNAV-CO)

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15 Days

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Plotting sheets, Plotting tools


Basic Math Pre-Test:

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Course Description

This course (MITPMI-516) is required for all Able Seamen upgrading to 3rd Mate/2nd Mate. Attendees to this 15-day course will learn aspects of traditional navigation. Through this course, trainees will become proficient in Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation as well as the use and correction of magnetic and gyro compasses. This course is a prerequisite to basic watchkeeping and also acts as a great refresher for anyone interested in tuning their coastal navigation skills.

This course satisfies the following Tasks of NVIC 12-14: 1.2.A, 1.2.B, 1.2.C, 1.3.A, 1.3.B, 1.3.C, 1.6.A, 1.6.B, 1.6.C, 1.6.D, 1.7.A, 1.7.B, 1.7.C, 1.7.D, 1.7.E, and 1.7.F.

Prerequisites- Basic Math Pre-Test: .

Suggested Courses/Skills- See NVIC 12-14.

What You Will Learn

  • Terrestrial Coordinates
  • Nautical Charts
  • Nautical Publications
  • Aids to Navigation
  • Using Compasses
  • Electronic Navigation
  • Courses and Bearings
  • Speed-Time-Distance Calculations
  • Plotting Techniques
  • Fixing Position
  • Dead Reckoning
  • Running Fixes
  • Effects of Current
  • Leeway

This course satisfies the Terrestrial Navigation and Coastal Navigation training and Magnetic and Gyro Compasses training requirements for certification as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC), pursuant to NMC Policy Letter 01-02. This course satisfies the following STCW95 and CFR requirements:

  • STCW 95 Code:OICNW-1-2D
  • STCW 95 Code:OICNW-1-2E
  • STCW 95 Code:OICNW-1-3A
  • STCW 95 Code:OICNW-1-3B
  • STCW 95 Code:OICNW-1-3C
  • STCW 95 Code:OICNW-1-5A
  • STCW 95 Code:OICNW-1-5B
  • STCW 95 Code:OICNW-1-5C
  • STCW 95 Code:OICNW-1-5D
  • STCW 95 Code:OICNW-1-5E
  • STCW 95 Code:OICNW-2-3A

Applicants who have successfully completed this course need not present "Control Sheets" for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

What You Should Bring

  • Dividers
  • Triangles
  • All practical Navigation Equipment
  • Scientific Calculator

Course Dates

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MITAGS - Linthicum Heights, MD


PMI - Seattle, WA


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