RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Online Course

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

Whats 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 Skype chats at pre-arranged times.


Course content:

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

Course Duration:

Approximately 6 - 8 hours

Course fees & Booking:

Essential Navigation & Seamanship Online Course


  • Available
  • Shipping Time: 3-5 days1

Whats included? -

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

Use of your Personal Data:

To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with the RYA via your user profile in www.ryainteractive.org This learning management website is hosted and maintained by a third party called Learning Pool, who will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course.

Your name and email address will be entered on www.ryainteractive.org in order to create your user account. On your first access to the site, you will be asked to enter your address and date of birth. You will have access to the site for one year in order to complete your online course. During this period, your personal information will be held on the website by Learning Pool and be available to this training centre and the RYA for the purpose of managing your course.

Instructional support will be provided by this training centre for a period of 3 months from the date of your course booking.

On completion of your course, your name, email, date of birth and address will be transferred to the RYA's central database for the purpose of recording details of the course and any certification you gain as a result of it. This information allows the RYA to record your certification, to update any records they may already hold about you or your qualifications and to verify your certificate if required. After one year from the date of your enrolment on the course, your user account will be removed from www.ryainteractive.org

Full details of how the RYA will deal with your personal information will be displayed when you first access www.ryainteractive.org

What now?

Pay online, we create and send you all the login details and post your course pack.

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Essential Navigation Course F.A.Q.s

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

A: 2

How does it all 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.

Computer requirements & Technical support:

Minimum hardware:

1.0GHz Intel processor or better

128MB free RAM

100MB free hard disk space

32 bit colour graphics card

1024 x 768 screen resolution

Sound card and speakers or headphones

Minimum web browsers:

Adobe flash player

JavaScript must be enabled in your web browser


A connection speed of 512kbps is required

If using Internet Explorer 10, you may need to view the course in Compatibility Mode.

You will need to switch the pop up blocker off in your web browser

Technical support:

Please visit the Help page on the RYA Interactive site.

Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Windows XP or later

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Call us on: +44 (0)1202 024111