RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship
A screenshot of a typical page in the interactive online course, showing a navigation chart with clickable links.

Beginners Introduction To Navigation

This short online theory course goes well with all the beginner practical courses such as Keelboat Levels 1, 2 & 3, Powerboat Level 2, Competent Crew and Helmsman. It's a great starting point for anyone who goes out on the sea in a boat or canoe.

It takes roughly 6 to 8 hours to complete the course but you can work through the different modules at your own pace. It's also a good taster of the more in-depth Day Skipper theory course.

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Photo of the course pack, which includes charts, books, course plotter and dividers.

Course Topics include:

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

Because it's a starter/taster course you get a FREE set of dividers and a plotter with this RYA course pack!  It's worth knowing that the RYA day skipper course pack doesn't include these tools.  Essential Nav. is actually a great way to prepare for the longer & more in-depth day skipper theory course.  This introductory online course is designed to be self-study but if you do need any help you can email or call John, our award-winning Yachtmaster Instructor.  A certificate is awarded on successful completion of the course.

What do I need?

A PC or Mac with internet access and using Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Firefox.

Speakers / headphones.

Pop-ups enabled.

* Free UK post & packing *

Here is a short video showing what the course is like