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RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course
About the course
An introduction to the basic concepts of inshore navigation and safety in an easy to understand and enjoyable online format...
Our Online RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course provides a fantastic base of knowledge for taking your sailing boat on short coastal passages and to prepare for an I.C.C. assessment. This distance learning course offers a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new skippers. 
The course offers the right balance of quality information and convenience when it comes to learning coastal navigation online, and is suitable for those seeking navigation training.
Course Topics
"What will I learn?"
The basics of essential navigation and seamanship training, including the use of charts & almanacs
Harbour entry, passage planning, and departure pilotage techniques
Tidal awareness and how to recognise buoyage on charts and on the water
Collision regulations and rules of the road
Weather forecast sources and information including local apps and websites
Essential inshore safety equipment to carry and how it should be used
"I'm already enjoying the course and more importantly learning something"
Pam Leatch
Supporting Materials
"What's included in the course?"
Course pack, with training materials, sent by registered post and airmail for international addresses*
RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course Notes
RYA Training Charts & Training Almanac
Navigation tools: course plotter, dividers, 2B pencil & eraser
Personal online course user account
* You do not need to wait for the supporting materials to arrive to start the course.
Additional Course Information
Previous Experience

No previous navigation experience nor special skills and knowledge are required before taking this course since this is an introduction to inshore navigation and safety.

Course Duration

The navigation training course takes around 8 hours in total to complete, but it is structured so you can take it at your own pace.

Personal Device Requirements

This course has been developed by the RYA and run with a PC, Mac or tablet with internet access and pop-ups enabled. This course will not run on a smart phone.


On successful completion, you will receive the 'RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Certificate'.

The Investment
Access to the course is open for 12-months from completing the registration. If life gets too busy and you need more time, you have an option to pause your course for up to 6-months and then continue when you have more time. 
RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course


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