The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course serves as a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new and inexperienced skippers and crew. Whether you have children or grandchildren who are eager to enter the sailing world or if you would like to refresh your sailing skills, this course is suitable for you.

This course can be taken online and will include interactive activities to help put your learning into practice. Support will be provided by one of our trainers, either via email or phone.


Course topics include:

  • Charts and publications
  • Safety and tidal awareness
  • Engine checks
  • Buoyage
  • Pilotage
  • Visual and electronic navigation
  • Rules
  • Anchoring
  • Weather forecasting
  • Passage planning

Once you sign up, you will receive a course pack containing a chart, plotter, dividers, a course handbook and exercises, and a code to download the electronic chart plotter.


Online, the course will take approximately 8-10 hours. The assessments take place in each module of the online study. 


The cost of this course is:

£100 - members

£125 - non-members