NS1 – Navigation Safety 1

NS1 – Navigation Safety 1

Navigation Safety is based almost completely on the Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (“ColRegs“). We strongly recommend you get a study guide to help interpret and understand the rules and legalese. In addition you will need to read TP1018: Code of Nautical Procedures and Practices and Chapter VIII of the STCW Code.

The exam does test you on Canadian Modifications, so you will need to make sure that you are aware which rules have modifications and what they are. 



Navigation Safety, Level 1 (Page 158, Section 11.4)

Recommended Reading:

International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea, 1972. With Canadian Modifications, revised Sept, 2008 This is the printed (by the government) version of the Colregs.

Study Guides:


Colregs Guide This is also a good guide, with full colour illustrations. It is useful for the novice seeking understanding and explanations, or for the professional just looking to brush up before an exam.


A Seaman’s Guide to Rule of the Road This is more of a quick reference book, and is well suited to experienced mariners looking to brush up on their knowledge.

Other Resources:

STCW Code The complete code, updated through 2011.

A Guide to the Nautical Rules of the Road An interactive computer program to help you learn your colregs, and the program will quiz you on different situations.

We also carry flash cards, which are handy for studying and for maintaining your skills. For this exam the cards Titled “Rules of the Road”, “Sound and Light Signals” and “Lights and Shapes” would all be useful.


TP 1018: Code of Nautical Procedures and Practices

2 thoughts on “NS1 – Navigation Safety 1

  1. Hello Nautical Mind,
    Several links on this page

    do not work, specifically links to STCW Code and the link to the Wheelhouse Companion.
    Also it says Chapter lllV for STCW Code but presumably it should be Vlll

    1. Thanks for catching this Philip, much appreciated! We’ll look into fixing it.

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