International Yacht Training Worldwide

Navigation Master


Navigation Master Training

A stand alone course designed to enable the offshore mariner to safely navigate extended passages using traditional methods. It includes practical navigation exercises and sample chartwork calculations.

  • Chart work instruments
  • The magnetic compass, variation and deviation
  • The Breton plotter
  • NOAA charts
  • Admiralty charts
  • Small craft charts
  • Projection
  • Scales
  • Horizontal datum
  • Units of measurement
  • Datum of soundings
  • Charted heights
  • Chart numbers
  • Source diagram
  • Editions and dates
  • Large scale charts
  • Notes, warnings, cautions
  • Detailed chart information
  • Nautical chart symbols and abbreviations
  • Angles and degrees
  • Latitude and Longitude
  • Defining a position
  • Chart work convections
  • Distance, speed, time and direction
  • Position by bearing and distance
  • Magnetic north
  • Compass error
  • Causes of deviation
  • Applying variation and deviation
  • The deviation card
  • Compass error
  • The hand bearing compass
  • Position lines and position fixes
  • Bearings at sea
  • Range/transit’s
  • Sectored lights
  • Clearing lines
  • Running fixes
  • Dead reckoning and estimated positions
  • The navigation log book

Next Steps

As you advance and become more proficient as crew or skipper you take on bigger challenges that require proper training to ensure the safety of your family and friends. The bigger the boat or length of adventure the more training you require.

Most of us prefer to spend our time on the water and not in a classroom. To facilitate this, IYT has a series of E-learning courses available for the theoretical part of sail and powerboat training.

  1. Take one of our online (Elearning) courses for your next level of training.
  2. Plan your practical training at one of our many schools worldwide to earn your final qualification.
  3. Book in advance with your school as class sizes and availability may be limited.
  4. Review the IYT course progression details to learn about professional level courses.
  5. Spend time on the water and properly log your seatime.

The Boating Lifestyle is one of the most rewarding pursuits available. There is something physically and emotionally invigorating when you are offshore. To enjoy the experience fully you need the proper training & skills to be safe, prepared and command a vessel.

RecreationalStudent Information

Benefits Of An IYT Certification

IYT is the largest provider of crew and skipper certificates for the recreational yachting industry in the world. Learn more about the benefits of an IYT Certificate.

Certificate Renewal

For many IYT certificates, there is the need to re-qualify for your certificate every 3 to 5 years. This ensures that our certifications are meeting international standards.

IYT Yachting Passport

The IYT Passport is recognized in over 40 countries around the world and offers you an opportunity to study and train worldwide.

Course Progression

A beginner at sailing or operating a powerboat should be familiar with the training path that is available from IYT. Many recreational boaters progress to become crew on superyachts.

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