Essential Navigation Course

£100.00

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The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship online course provides a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers, crew and those wanting to refresh their skills. It’s for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving. It complements RYA on-the-water training, such as the Powerboat Level 2 or Competent Crew course. The course should take between 6 and 10 hours to complete and will provide you with a great background into remaining safe on the water. It’s a highly informative course with many opportunities to put your newfound knowledge into practice.

The RYA defines the Essential Navigation and Seamanship syllabus. It introduces the basic skills required before taking a small boat to sea or actively running a boat.

The list below indicates the depth of knowledge required and the minimum time which is to be spent on each subject area.

    Minimum time (hours)
1. Charts, publications and terms 1
  Basic terms  
  Chart overview  
  Introduction to chart datum and depths  
2. Buoyage 1
  Lateral buoys  
  Cardinal buoys  
  Where to find information  
3. Navigation 1
  Plotting a position  
  Measuring distance and bearing  
  Position fixing  
  Heading  
4. Safety 2
  Personal and boat safety equipment  
  Safety procedures and briefing  
  Communications  
  Engine checks  
  Rescue procedures  
5. Anchoring 1
  Where to anchor  
  How to anchor  
6. Tides 3
  Tidal streams  
  Tidal heights  
7. Electronic navigation 1
  GPS terms  
  GPS use  
  Using waypoints  
8. Rules of the road 1
  Risk of collision  
  Who gives way  
9. Weather forecasts 1
  Sources of weather forecast  
  Terms used in a forecast  
  Sea state  
10. Pilotage 1
  Harbour information  
  Transits  
  Pilotage planning  
11. Passage planning 2
  SOLAS V requirements  
  Pre planning  
  Chart choice  

Our courses have been designed to work on any device, allowing you to study when and where you want. You will use charts and tools when working on some modules, so space to work will be required. Both tablets and desktop devices allow you to view the content full-screen, removing those pesky distractions and allowing you to focus on the session.

Mobile

Perfect for checking your progress or doing some revision on the move.

Tablet

Great for working on navigation modules alongside your charts and navigation tools.

Desktop

We’ve got you covered–Mac or PC–, beautifully.

When booking this course, we will set up an account on the RYA Interactive website. Your login details will be sent to you in a separate email.

You’ll also get a course pack dispatched the same day (if booked before 3 pm), which includes everything you need to complete the lessons.

  • Access to the course content and recourses
  • Engaging, animated lessons
  • Access to our free Sailing Essentials course
  • Access to our downloadable content to support the course

We’re confident you will love the course, but for your peace of mind, we offer a 14-day, no questions asked money-back guarantee.

14-day money-back satisfaction guarantee

If you’re not completely satisfied with the course, return your course pack to us, and we’ll issue a no-questions-asked refund.

You’ll be sent a course pack (dispatched the same day if ordered before 3pm) that contains everything you need to complete the course.

Essential Navigation theory course pack contents:

  • Two Admiralty Training Charts
  • RYA Exercise and Course info booklet
  • RYA Training Almanac
  • Two 2B chart work pencils
  • Soft chart work rubber
  • Professional quality Portland Plotter and Dividers

Order by 3pm for same-day dispatch

Orders received before 3pm UK time are dispatched the same day. If ordering from the UK, your course pack should arrive the following day.

We’re here to support you—wherever your journey takes you. We believe achieving your goals doesn’t stop once you complete the course, nor should our support. We provide several ways to help you achieve your objectives.

Course support

Once enrolled, you get 12 months of support from our instructors. You get a briefing room where you can ask questions. If you’d rather, you can schedule a call at your convenience or message us. Whatever channel you choose, everything is stored in your briefing room so you can refer back to the answers.

After twelve months, you will still have access to all the great content and can extend your instructor support should you need more time to complete the course.

Post course support

In addition to your briefing room, you also get access to our support groups & forums. This is a great place to meet other like-minded people at the same stage of their journey as you.

We can connect you with local RYA training centres and help organise your practical course.

You’ll have access to our downloadable & support content. We have over 50 supplementary downloads to help you learn the topics and techniques.

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