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Further Information - Safe Navigation in Confined Waters Training


Who is the course for?

Any officer in charge of the navigational watch.

Is previous experience required?

No previous experience is required to complete this course. Basic nautical knowledge including an understanding of terrestrial and electronic navigation as well as practical experience on board are recommended.

How will the course benefit me?

By providing you with best practices on how to identify dangerous areas accurately and how to execute the voyage and stay well clear of such high-risk areas.

How will the course benefit my company?

By providing officers with the necessary knowledge to carry out vessel passage planning and to execute pilotage in confined waters safely.

What standards are referenced in the course?

This course does not refer to specific legislation or standards.

Is there an assessment?

Once you have completed the course, you will be asked a series of questions to check your knowledge and understanding. These are based on the learning objectives for the course and have a pass mark of 70%.

Learning Objectives

• Explain how to identify dangerous areas through tidal calculation, chart usage or the use of physical navigational aids, such as leading lights

• List best practices for passage planning preparation with a focus on coastal waters

• Describe how to enhance navigation in confined waters through modern functions such as path predictors

System Requirements

• Internet access - users will need a device with a web browser and internet connection

• System - runs on computers, tablets and mobile devices using Windows 7 and above and MAC OS devices running IOS 11 and above

• Browsers - Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Safari

• Minimum browser size – none

• Audio – requires device speaker or headphones


The Nautical Institute is an international representative body for maritime professionals, a leading publisher of specialist maritime books and journals and the provider of accreditation services such as its dynamic positioning certification scheme. The purpose of The Nautical Institute recognition scheme is to endorse the processes and procedures used in the design, delivery, review and improvement of a maritime training product or service.