Navigating with GPS has become the norm in recreational boating, and radar is very affordable and easy to install on modern recreational power and sail boats. Electronic navigation has revolutionized navigation at sea, but its ease of use brings new risks for new boaters. Navigators should learn navigation basics with paper charts in order to understand the information provided by their electonic aids, and to understand the potential pitfalls. A prudent navigator always has an independent, secondary navigation system available as a backup in case the electronic systems malfunction, and paper charts are the only practical backup for most recreational boats at present.
We highly recommend that boaters start with the introductory Boating Essentials course described at http://www.boatingcourses.ca/ before taking the electronic navigation courses.
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