My name is Rob, and I have built Casual Navigation as a passion project in my spare time.
In my regular job, I am a Harbour Pilot, navigating ships safely in and out of my local port. I have experienced a complete range of ships locally, so I’ve navigated pretty much everything you can think of, including:
- Container ships
- Bulk cargo ships
- General cargo ships
- Passenger ships
- Offshore supply vessels
- Tugs & tows
- Pleasure vessels
Before becoming a pilot, I was an officer on large ships navigating around the world.
I received my training at both Warsash Maritime Academy and Fleetwood Nautical College. These are both specialist colleges in the UK, which train merchant seafarers in navigation.
In my spare time, I enjoy sailing on small boats. With my family, I own a Bayraider Expedition. It is a trailer-sailer, built by Swallow Yachts in the UK and is perfect for teaching a young family how to sail.
Back in 2018, I started my first YouTube Channel, “The Casual Navigator”. I wanted to learn how to make videos, so I chose a topic that I knew a lot about so that I could focus on the video production process.
Over the following year, it evolved into “Casual Navigation” and grew to over 100,000 subscribers. I separated out the content into “Casual Navigation” and “Casual Navigation Tips & Reviews”.
“Casual Navigation” now hosts my maritime edutainment videos, and “Casual Navigation Tips & Reviews” hosts much more specialist content.
In late 2020, I started this website “casualnavigation.com” to supplement all my video content.
I now make videos and write content all about maritime navigation and things associated with the shipping industry.
I like to share as much knowledge as I can, but I don’t intend to compete with traditional maritime training. I’ll show you my way of navigating, and how I do things.
Hopefully, it will give you a different perspective, and help you while you are undertaking any official courses and qualifications that you need to navigate safely at sea.