We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How do I Become a Navigator?

Patrick Wensink
By
Updated Mar 02, 2024
Our promise to you
Practical Adult Insights is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At Practical Adult Insights, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A navigator is in charge of knowing a boat, plane or vehicle's location at all times and its relation to the desired destination. If you want to become a navigator, you need to become an expert in map reading. You will have a variety of responsibilities in regard to planning and working with a crew during a voyage. With this knowledge and these skills, you will be able to find work in a variety of military and non-military settings.

There rarely are specific educational requirements necessary if you want to become a navigator, but that does not mean schooling cannot be useful. Studying geography, math and foreign languages can help you navigate a ship or plane. Many navigators get training from the military through a country's air force or navy. The military often provides classes that allow you to learn how to help guide a craft. One non-military option would be to ask a professional navigator to mentor you.

If you want to become a navigator, you must understand the multitude of responsibilities you will have. Your primary job will be planning an itinerary based on nautical charts or aerial maps to create a passage plan. You also will advise the captain or pilot of any hazards, either physical or weather-related, that you foresee along the trip. You also will be responsible for maintaining current maps, charts and computer programs in order to have the most accurate information to guide the ship.

You will need many strong skills in order to become a navigator. Map reading is an essential skill, because you will need to understand things such as borders, routes, currents and geographical features on maps. You also must have strong communication skills in order to explain a route to the rest of the crew. Many times, you also will need to utilize decision-making skills if you read something in the charts that concerns you and you must alter the course.

If you want to become a navigator, you will have two career paths to take, no matter what you would like to navigate. The military route is the most popular, because it offers on-the-job training and a variety of boats, planes and vehicles with which to work. Be aware that in some air forces, including the United States Air Force, the navigator also has co-pilot duties. The private sector also has a large need for navigators, mostly with shipping and passenger crafts.

Practical Adult Insights is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Patrick Wensink
By Patrick Wensink
Patrick Wensink, a bestselling novelist and nonfiction writer, captivates readers with his engaging style across various genres and platforms. His work has been featured in major publications, including attention from The New Yorker. With a background in communication management, Wensink brings a unique perspective to his writing, crafting compelling narratives that resonate with audiences.
Discussion Comments
Patrick Wensink
Patrick Wensink
Patrick Wensink, a bestselling novelist and nonfiction writer, captivates readers with his engaging style across various...
Learn more
Practical Adult Insights, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

Practical Adult Insights, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.