Short range aids to navigation supervisor career


"One of the things I love about my job is traveling around Newfoundland and Labrador discussing Aids to Navigation with fishers and commercial groups. I love meeting Newfoundlanders and getting firsthand exposure to the diversity that exists in the province. I get to see parts of Newfoundland and Labrador that others may never get to experience. My job gives me a sense of pride because my team and I provide safety to these areas through buoys and lights."
– Paul Bowering, Short Range Aids Supervisor, Navigation Office

What is a short range aids program supervisor?

The Canadian Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Program provides and maintains aids to navigation in Canadian waters, so that maritime traffic can move efficiently and safely. Aids to navigation include any visual, sound, or radar device (external to a ship) that help vessels to determine a preferred route/position or warn of danger/obstructions. Examples include buoys, light stations, lighted towers, and leading lights.

As a Short Range Aids Program Supervisor, you ensure that the right mix of aids to navigation exists in Canada’s waters to help provide safe and effective navigation to marine traffic. You are responsible for making sure that aids to navigation are properly placed and maintained.


Your responsibilities as a Short Range Aids Program Supervisor include:

  • monitoring and tracking thousands of navigation aids continually
  • planning and organizing the placement of aids to navigation
  • charting and reporting technical and geographical changes to aids to navigation to mariners
  • ensuring marine safety procedures and help can be provided as needed
  • monitoring the compliance of commercial and recreational users
  • managing legal records related to navigational aids
  • contributing to the resolution of criminal and civil action related to marine accidents

Is this career right for me?

These qualities and interests are essential for this career:

  • excellent planning and organizational skills
  • interest in working in a marine environment
  • strong communication skills
  • interest in traveling around the region

Career opportunities

  • Short Range Aids Program Supervisor in various regions
  • Various positions in the federal public service

Training and education requirements

If you are interested in working as a Short Range Aids Program Supervisor with the Canadian Coast Guard, you should complete a Watchkeeping Mate certificate, which you can get through a Bridge Watch Program or a Nautical Science diploma program. You also must gain marine experience, and get a Marine Emergency Duties Certificate (MED), a valid first aid certificate, and security clearance.