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A collection of resources related to navigation.

A PowerPoint presentation on Aids to Navigation by the United States Coast Guard. Developed for small sailboats, not all of it is applicable for sea kayaks but is a great reference. Please also note to double check to see if the rules of the road are the same for your area as described in this presentation.

Chart 1 is a publication containing all the information needed to interpret nautical charts published by the Canadian Hydrographic Service. Member nations of the IHO (International Hydrographic Organization) produce Chart 1 using a common format. That common format consists of Sections identified by letters and symbols, abbreviations, or terms identified by a reference number. All Chart 1s organize these Sections and symbols, abbreviations, or terms in the exact same order.

Traditionally Chart 1 has been produced as a booklet. This latest version of Chart 1 is also being posted to the CHS Web Site in pdf and in html format as well as being distributed as a Compact Disk for those who have CD readers on their computers. Both the CD and the booklet versions are available through Chart Dealers of the Canadian Hydrographic Service.

A PowerPoint presentation on sextant use the basics of celestial navigation. It provides some basic information but you will probably need to augment with your own research.

An information package clearly outlining the different parts of a compass. Also makes a great handout to students.

This shows the compass parts for a slightly more complicated base-plate compass.

Made available by the 11th Shaw Scout Troup.

An information package clearly outlining the different parts of a compass. Makes a great handout to students.

 

Made available by the 11th Shaw Scout Troop.

An excellent lesson on how to take a 6 figure grid reference off a topographic map. Lots of really excellent examples and graphics.

Made available by the 11th Shaw Scout Troup.

An lesson on how to take a bearing off a topographic map.

Made available by the 11th Shaw Scout Troup.

When you can use these five techniques skillfully, you will be able to find any control on any orienteering map in the world. On some legs you may use only one technique, but for most legs you will need to combine several, or maybe all five, techniques.

This activity will help students understand why compass angles need to be corrected for regional magnetic variation. Perfect for people teaching to kids grades 4-8.

A great little reference card for the US Navigational Buoy System. Three pages.

Chart No. 1 Nautical Chart Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms is a reference publication depicting basic chart elements and explains nautical chart symbols and abbreviations associated with National Ocean Service and Defense Mapping Agency charts. It is a valuable aid for new chart users and a useful tool for all mariners.

 
 
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