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1987 Classroom navigation 1st Ed

This product is proudly Australian Made

ISBN : 0 958784 0 7

Published Date : 21 December 1987

Product Code : 1987 Wet Paper

Format : Free PDF for download

My first wet paper book from December 1987 and it's not very good.  However it was a first attempt to see if the kids could handle the content. At this stage I had not done much navigation as my background was in marine biology, was not very good at maths at school and was made to feel dumb because I could not get the sums out.

So I felt for the kids who had a similar background and when Allistar Martin in 1981 from the Tasmanian Woodridge Marine Studies Centre (see pic to the left) showed me how he used to teach navigation at his Marine Centre at Woodbridge Tasmania, I was inspired.

In the mid 1980's I saw how Geoff Simkins from the Darling Point special school taugh his special school kids how to navigate on the old Manly ferry - MV Heritage.  (See pic to the left) 

His kids would then teach others how to navigate around Moreton Bay including my year 10's from Benowa.

Then I met Ward Nicholas from Rochedale SHS  (see hands pic to the left),  who showed me other activities he found successful with his kids, and so the syllabus topic was born.

I'm going to write more soon on this (5trh August 2020) as current syllabus writers need to learn to CONSULT with the kids in the classroom to see how they can handle content and not sit in their ivory towers with their inflated egos not talking to anyone except looking at meaningless results from survery monkeys. Hmmmm !!! Guess I'm getting old.


Wet Paper Publications would like to thank the following for their assistance in the design  and trialling of this module: 

Allistar Martin, Thelma Moffatt, Bob McAllistar, David Kopelke, Dennis Bridger, Ann Kenny, Graham Mitchell, Greg Martin, Steve Hall, Sue Oats, Meran Kilgour, Tony Failes, Ken Gilbert, Kelvin Rodgers, Dave Read, Sue Cerato, Jim Baker, Cyril Connell, Marg Evans, Geoff Simkins, Graham McFee, Peter Stannard, Steve McCabe, David Gorwin, John Howard, Vera Weitsz, Rob Heaney and the students of Gladstone State High, Woodbridge Marine Studies Centre and Benowa State High Schools.  In particular, The Queensland Department of Harbours and Marine for allowing us to reproduce materials from their safety pamphlets, the Queensland Department of Education for the materials from their science source book, Plimar Compasses, Davis Instruments, the Brisbane Education Centre and the Darling Point Special School.

Teachers Information

Syllabus orientation

This booklet was written for syllabus requirements for the 1984 Senior Multistrand Science Syllabus topic - Science for recreation.

Elements were also applicable to the proposed Marine Studies Syllabus or elements of Junior Science or Science Enrichment


This has the hypothetical bay chart referred to in the Exam Booklet

Chapter 1: Coastal navigation

Chapter 2: Navigation instruments

Chapter 3: Classroom navigation

Chapter 4: Navigation excursion

Chapter 5: Out of the classroom

Chapter 6: The small ships forecast  

Revision questions 

Appendixed materials 


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