How to interpret the use of colors and labeling of the chart.
Understand how to read charted depths and elevations. Know if you can safely pass over danger areas or under bridges.
Learn how to measure distance in nautical & statute miles.
Understand the Compass Rose and the difference between True and Magnetic North.
Learn how to give headings in degrees and identify the cardinal and inter-cardinal compass points.
Learn how Aids to Navigation are defined by color, shape, numbering, lettering and light color and light sequence.
Use latitude and longitude to find a position or location on the chart.
Work out problems using distance, direction, latitude & longitude. Identify major and minor lights, buoys, day -marks and more.
The skills learned in this course and work from this chart can be applied to any NOAA chart. One of our basic objectives is to correlate what you see on the chart to what you actually see on the water. You need to know where you are at all times, and if you don’t, a pleasure cruise could turn into a fiasco.