RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course

However you decide to take the course, it offers a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew, and those wanting to refresh their skills. In fact it's for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving, and works well in complementing our on-the-water training, such as the Powerboat Level 2, Start Yachting and Helmsman courses.

It's a highly informative course with lots of opportunities for you to put your new found knowledge into practice. If you decide to take the course online, you will find many interactive exercises to help reinforce the information and lots of chances to try out what you've learned.

Choose How You Want To Learn

In The Classroom

Duration: 2 days

Course fee: £200-00

Or Online

Duration: 6 - 8 hours

Course fee: £90-00

Before continuing reading this page may wish to consider looking at the online course?

Though there are lots of benefits to attending the classroom course, you may wish to look at the online course? The RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship online course is more time efficient (online course 6-8hrs vs. classroom course 2 days/16hrs), less expensive (online £95 vs classroom £200), doesn't have 'set dates' you need to attend and gives you the choice to complete it at your own pace. Our RYA instructors are still available at the end of the phone, Skype and email if you have any questions as you go through the online course. The feedback from our clients regarding the Online course 'to date' has been 100% positive. Learn more by clicking here: RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Online Course


Who The Course Is Designed For

This course gives a basic introduction to navigation and safety to anyone new to boating and is useful for experienced dinghy and keelboat sailors and inshore racers. 


Suitable For Anyone Involved With

Personal watercraft, Sailing, Motorboating, Sea Angling, Diving, Powerboating.

Find out more about the RYA Basic Navigation & Seamanship course on the RYA website

Course Topics Include

  • Charts & publications
  • Engine Checks
  • Tidal awareness
  • Pilotage
  • Anchoring
  • Passage planning
  • Safety 
  • Buoyage
  • Visual and electronic navigation
  • Rules of the road
  • Weather forecasts

What's Included

  • Training chart
  • Plotter
  • Dividers
  • Course handbook
  • Exercises
  • Electronic chart plotter CD

Information About The Essential Navigation Course
Essential Navigation.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.3 MB

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