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The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course is an inspiring On-line course for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving - or pretty much anything else on the water! This course will give you the essential knowledge needed when you’re afloat, from navigation to safety and seamanship to passage planning.

The course is a basic introduction to navigation, seamanship and safety and is an ideal starter course before moving on to Day Skipper theory. It is ideal for users of small boats such as RIBs and dayboats such as those used by anglers. It's also a great course for those who are currently crewing on yachts and want to learn a little more before eventually progressing to the full Day Skipper courses. This interactive course can be taken anytime, anywhere and at your own speed. It is fully supported by our shorebased instructors who are always on-line to help should you need it. There is no better way to get the essentials of navigation and seamanship, all you need is a computer and the Internet.

Top 10 reasons to take the online course

1. Flexibility - anytime, anywhere, at your own speed
2. Suitable for all - new crews through to budding skippers
3. Safety Essentials - all the essential knowledge for going afloat
4. Simplicity - easy to use, interactive and full of great graphics
5. Supporting your knowledge - an ideal accompaniment to your practical course
6. Stepping stone - a great starting point for more advanced courses
7. Real skills - use real skills alongside online technology
8. Best advice - written by top RYA instructors, created by award winning designers
9. Learn it, try it, test it - practice what you’ve learnt before taking the test
10. Be part of it - the RYA’s 1st fully interactive online course

The Course aims to introduce the basic concepts of inshore navigation and safety in an easy to understand and enjoyable format. During the course you will be introduced to the basics of navigation including tidal awareness, charts, almanacs and the use of electronic navigation aids such as GPS. You will be taught about harbour entry and departure pilotage including knowledge of buoyage and a basic understanding of the Collision Regulations so you know who has right of way! Time will also be spent looking at sources of weather information and what impact this could have on your passage. Towards the end of the course you will put all this information together to plan an actual passage. You will also learn more about what safety equipment you should carry and how it is used.

You are also welcome to come along to our free drop-in sessions at our base here at St. Thomas More Catholic Academy to help with any of the trickier stuff.

If you think this is for you then you can watch a short video of the On-line Course here


To purchase and accessing the online course is simple! As all you need to do is Book On-line using the link below, you can then Pay On-line and we will send you your course pack, supporting information (by post) and log-in details (by email) to get you started.

Please allow 5 days for delivery.

Once you have received your course pack you can then log onto our RYA Interactive site here using your User name and Password and work through the exercises at your own pace, with the knowledge that support should you need it is just a click or a phone call away.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2020 12:16

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