Essential Navigation and Seamanship

Beginners Introduction To Navigation

Photo of a typical page in the interactive online course, showing a navigation chart with clickable links.This short online theory course provides a basic introduction to navigation & safety for anyone who goes to 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 comprehensive Day Skipper theory course.

Course fee: £115


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

A bonus to doing this introductory course is the FREE plotter & set of dividers that come with the RYA course pack. It's also a great way to get a head-start on the more in-depth day skipper theory course. You have to provide your own tools for the day skipper course.

The online Essential Navigation & Seamanship 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