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.

You will be awarded a certificate on successful completion of the course.

Course fee: £115

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

Please note, pages from the 'RYA Training Almanac' are provided as pdf files within the online course. You can view or download them by clicking each link. If you struggle using PDF files, you may wish to purchase the Training Almanac directly from the RYA.

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