BOATsmart! Canada
Knowledge Base

Module 03 - Before Heading Out

Using a Compass

You can use a magnetic compass to determine your direction, and your position on a marine chart.  A magnetic compass must be carried on board boats which are more than 8m in length, and which are not within sight of navigation aids.

Remember: Take extra care when using a compass! A magnetic compass can be affected when in the proximity of metallic and electrical devices and may provide false information.

 

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Boating License

The Official Transport Canada Boating Course, Test & License.

Get your Official Canadian
Boating License

The Official Transport Canada Boating
Course, Test & License.

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