Laptop, Compass & Essential Navigation ChartsThe Essential Navigation and Seamanship online course is a superb introduction to navigation and safety awareness.

What does it cover?

It complements the practical RYA courses across all areas of boating and the topics include:

  • Charts and Publications,
  • Safety Checks and awareness,
  • Engine Checks,
  • Buoyage and Pilotage,
  • Tidal Awareness and basic understanding,
  • Visual and Electronic Navigation,
  • Rules of the Road
  • Weather forecasts and Passage Planning.

Who is it suitable for?

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

You do not need any previous experience to be able to take this course, it is for beginners.

How long is the course?

The Essential Navigation and Seamanship online 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.

So what do I need to do next?

A taster video of the course can be accessed here – Essential Navigation and Seamanship online Course

There is no requirement to buy additional books to complete the course but if you wish to then you may find books in the RYA shop useful: Navigation | RYA Shop

Follow the link below to sign up.

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

PLEASE NOTE : RYA courses are not automatically activated and whilst we are usually very prompt (including outside of standard office hours), on rare occasions it may take up to 48hrs. If you require urgent access please phone us to confirm availability before booking online. If joining information hasn’t been received, please check your email spam box particualrly with Gmail accounts. By buying online and requesting immediate access to the course you 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.