RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship via Zoom

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RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship via Zoom

Event Details

This event finished on 06 March 2021

RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course

This page refers to undertaking the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course online live via Zoom.  We may be able to return to classroom courses in the future post Covid restrictions.

Alternatively, why not look at the online course option to work through as you want?


The RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course can usually be taken online or in the classroom (in person or live online via Zoom).   Please visit our section on online courses page for details of the online course.

The course is suitable for all boaters, both sail & motor, and whether for leisure, fishing or diving.  It is the first theory course in the RYA program.  Its a great complementary course for your Level 2 Powerboat, Start Yachting or the Helmsman practical courses.   The course pack includes an exercise book, a plotter and dividers and access to a training electronic chart plotter.  There is no final ‘exam’ but instead the course is based on continuous assessment.


Further information:

Course Content: 

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

Length of Course:

The classroom course option is 2 days (16 hours) but we could potentially run it over a number of evenings if preferred.

Included with the course: 

You will receive a course pack containing a chart, plotter, dividers, course handbook, exercises and access to a training electronic chart plotter.  On successful completion of the course you will receive a RYA certificate.

Course completion/assessments: 

You will not take a formal assessment at the end of the course.  Instead the course is based on course completion to an acceptable level.


The calendar shows available scheduled course dates.  Private courses can be on dates that suit you.

Private individuals may prefer to take the online version of Essential Navigation and Seamanship course to access at their own pace.

Chartwork for Navigation



Bookings are no longer available for this event.