This course is a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for those new to boating or those looking to refresh these skills. It complements the practical RYA courses across all areas of boating and the topics include; Charts and Publications, Safety, Engine Checks, Buoyage, Tidal Awareness, Visual and Electronic Navigation, Pilotage, Rules of the Road, Anchoring, Weather forecasts, and Passage Planning.

Clients often choose to take this course around the time of or in preparation for the Level 2 Powerboat Course, Start Yachting/Motor Cruising or Competent Crew/Helmsman Courses.  If unsure as to suitability of the course please contact us to discuss before buying.

A taster video of the course can be accessed here – Online Essential Navigation Course

There is no requirement to buy additional books to complete the course but if you wish to then you may find one of the  following books useful: RYA Shop – Introduction to Navigation and  RYA Shop – RYA Navigation Handbook

The course takes approx. 6-8 hours but this can be undertaken at your own pace whether you prefer to sit down for a whole day or complete sections over a period of time.There is no formal assessment at the end of the course.Instead the course is based on course completion to an acceptable level.As you complete units both you and your instructor will see the results to ensure you have completed and understood the topic.

You will receive access to the online course along with a course pack containing a chart, plotter, dividers, course handbook, exercises and access to a training electronic chart plotter.  The cost of the online course is £90.

PLEASE NOTE : The course is not automatically activated and whilst we would usually hope to have the course set up within an hour or so of your email you should allow up to 24hrs. If you require urgent access please phone us to confirm availability before booking online. By buying online and requesting immediate access to the course you do waive your 14 day right to cancel. If you would rather wait the 14 days and then be set up we are happy to do that. Please note that we will of course always work with you to resolve any concerns you have. Our terms and conditions are available on the website.  Please note we are only able to send course packs to UK addresses.