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Essential Navigation and Seamanship

The Basic Navigation and Safety course has been renamed to Essential Navigation and Seamanship. With the new name comes a new way of taking it… 

The course has been available in the classroom for a few years, but now it is possible to take it online too through our RYA Interactive e-Learning site. However you decide to take the course, it offers a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new, inexperienced or rusty skippers and crew.

This course is for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving, and works well in complementing our on-the-water training, such as the Powerboat Level 2, Start Yachting and Helmsman courses.

This is a highly informative course with lots of opportunities for you to put your new found knowledge into practice. If you decide to take the course online, you will find many interactive exercises to help reinforce the information and lots of chances to try out what you've learned.

In the classroom, the course is taught over 16 hours with exercises to complete along the way. It can be covered as a series of short sessions or over two full days.

You will receive a course pack which includes a chart, plotter, dividers, course handbook, exercises and an electronic chart plotter CD or access to the RYA’s specially designed chart plotter software to give you a realistic taste of modern electronic navigation.

The course is taught over 16 hours and is assessed on completed Course work. It can be covered as a evening class over 8 weeks, a series of short sessions, or as an intensive 2 day course.

Maximum Class size = 12 students per Instructor.

Course topics include:

  • charts and publications
  • safety
  • engine checks
  • buoyage
  • tidal awareness
  • visual and electronic navigation
  • pilotage
  • rules of the road
  • anchoring
  • weather forecasts
  • passage planning

Cost for 2019/20 is £180 which includes your RYA Students pack. For any additional items you may require see our FAQ pages



Many of the courses we offer are available both On-line or in the classroom and normally we would tend to recommend the classroom version if it is feasible, but with this course we actually suggest the On-line version is the best option and we tend to find that the majority of students prefer to take this.

Our rationale is simply that the RYA has done such a great job with it, the subjects covered are pretty straightforward, and so it is just a matter of working through the various modules. You can track your progress and understanding as you go along.

Should you decide that the On-line course is for you it can be previewed here


Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2019 13:25

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