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Course Aim

To introduce you to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew and those wanting to refresh their skills. 

This course also goes hand in hand with practical training such as RYA Powerboat level 2, PWC, Start Yachting and Helmsman courses. 

Course Duration

Approximately 6 - 8 hours

The course access will expire after a period of 6 months from sign-up. 

What's Involved?

This is an eLearning course, but one of our RYA instructors is on hand to provide as much support as you require, this is done predominately by email, but we can also offer telephone chats at pre-arranged times.

Course Overview

RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship online course ©www.marine-education.co.uk

RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course Syllabus

  • Charts & Publications
  • Safety
  • Engine checks
  • Buoyage
  • Tides
  • Visual and electronic navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Rules of the road
  • Anchoring
  • Weather forecasts
  • Passage planning

Book this course

This is an online course so all you need to do is to select 'Book Now' and then pay and we will send your login details and instructions for taking the course. The login will arrive the next business day as we need to manually set you up for this course.


We're always really keen to chat to you when you’re booking a course as whilst we are happy to take bookings through this system for your convenience - nothing beats chatting about boats and courses!


Whilst this is an online course you will be prompted for a date,  just leave the date it gives you as it doesn't matter what date is selected. Select as many spaces as you need and then follow the booking process.

PLEASE NOTE:  When you book this course we need to MANUALLY set you up on the RYA Interactive system. This is the same for ALL RYA schools. We will set you up by close of play the next working day. We apologise for this delay but this is a RYA requirement and not down to us. :)

Book now

If overseas customers book the UK option we cannot set you up online until you have paid the additional postage amount of £25.

What's included?

  • Online e-Learning course
  • Chart plotter
  • Dividers*
  • Course handbook & exercises 
  • Support from one of our RYA instructors

* Dividers will not be included when posting course packs outside of U.K. as they 'can be' seen as a weapon. We therefore recommend you purchase a set from your nearest chandlery or from Amazon. You can also complete the course using a ruler or similar to achieve the same goal. 

Essential Navigation Course FAQ.s

Q: How many attempts do I have to pass the final test?

A: 2

All of our online courses are delivered by our parent company - Powerboat Training UK.

How Does It Work?

Once you've recieved a confirmation email from us, click HERE and login with the username & password we send you.

We will mail your course pack which will include the course book, but you don't need to wait for this to start your course.

Carry out the online training course at your own pace.

If you have any questions at any stage during your course, simply email your instructor.

On successful completion, please email us and we will put your certificate in the post.

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