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How to Use a Chart MaterialsHOW TO USE A CHART

Whether you're planning a cruise, going fishing, or traveling to a local marina, knowing how to read and use nautical charts is essential to safe boating.  Charts include must-have information, including bottom contours, hazards, and aids to navigation, to help you travel safely. Each student receives a Student Guide for the seminar. An optional waterproof flip-fold Chart Symbols and On-the-Water Guide to take along on the boat with you is also available.

What's Included?
  • What charts show navigators above the water
  • Chart features
  • Chart scales
  • What charts show navigators below the water
  • Aids to navigation
  • Latitude and longitude
  • Planning your course
  • What’s in your way

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