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Aids to Navigation

Aids to Navigation are any type of marker that assists boaters in their safe navigation of waterways. These aids to navigation can be broken down into two types: Buoys, which are makers on the water and Day Beacons, which are markers on land. They can each come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. Furthermore, some may be illuminated to make them easier to see when visibility is limited. Navigation charts will indicate if a specific aid is illuminated along with the light’s colour and flashing pattern. Restriction signs are other types of navigational aids that inform each boater of certain laws and restrictions that pertain to various waterways.

To learn more about the 3 classes of Buoys and Day Beacons, as well as common Restriction Signs, click on the icons below.

 

Lateral Buoys
Cardinal Buoys
Special Purpose Buoys

Restriction Signs