Course Overview

The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Theory, is completed online and appeals to a wide variety of individuals, including those who have just completed a course like Powerboat Level 2 or Motor Cruising Helmsman, who want to develop their knowledge on to the next level.
The basic level practical courses spend the majority of their time afloat so time spent on theory elements can be quite limited. The Essential Navigation & Seamanship course perfectly complements them.

Ideal for those keen to refresh their knowledge if they have become a bit ‘rusty’ if they have used their charts, tides, navigation skills for a while or people starting out boating (whether sail or power). This RYA course is relevant whether you have your own boat, regularly charter, or just spend time on the water, but want to know more.

The way that the RYA course is structured allows you to learn about a subject then consolidates what you have learnt through mini quizzes at the end of each module. The use of the RYA Training charts and Almanac make the online course very real and ensure that when you start to put the skills you have learnt into practice in the ‘real world’ you are armed with the right skills.

Data sharing statement regarding online course booking information:
To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with the RYA via your user profile in www.ryainteractive.org. This learning management website is hosted and maintained by a third party called Learning Pool, who will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course.
Your name and email address will be entered on www.ryainteractive.org in order to create your user account. On your first access to the site, you will be asked to enter your address and date of birth. You will have access to the site for one year in order to complete your online course. During this period, your personal information will be held on the website by Learning Pool and be available to this training centre and the RYA for the purpose of managing your course.
Instructional support will be provided by this training centre for a period of 6 months, from the date of your course booking.
On completion of your course, your name, email, date of birth and address will be transferred to the RYA’s central database for the purpose of recording details of the course and any certification you gain as a result of it. This information allows the RYA to record your certification, to update any records they may already hold about you or your qualifications and to verify your certificate if required. After one year from the date of your enrolment on the course, your user account will be removed from www.ryainteractive.org.
Full details of how the RYA will deal with your personal information will be displayed when you first access www.ryainteractive.org.

Price : £99.00

Pre-Course Experience

No prior boating experience is necessary and it is a great way for those new or interested in the pastime to get a thorough introduction to navigation for your boating enjoyment.

Assumed Knowledge

Some practical experience is desirable but not essential

Student Instructor Ratio

Of course it is just you with an online course (unless you can persuade the rest of the family or your friends/colleagues!) but an instructor is always available to chat through any aspect of the course that you are finding more challenging. Equally if you are local and want to pop in and discuss things over a tea/coffee then we’re always happy to do so.


This is an online course which you can complete in your own time. Realistically, you would expect to complete it in a 6 – 10 hour period depending on how quickly you tend to work.

Course Content

The course is really valuable for those who want to build on knowledge and understanding. The way that the course is structured allows you to learn about a subject then consolidates what you have learnt through mini quizzes at the end of each module. The use of the RYA Training charts and Almanac make the online course very real and ensure that when you start to put the skills you have learnt into practice in the ‘real world’ you are really well placed to do so. The modular nature of the course means that it is really easy to undertake the course in small manageable time blocks and the short quizzes at the end of each module ensure that you have understood the subject before you move on to the next module.

Ability after Course

A real understanding of the core elements of navigation to aid you in your boating

Course Syllabus
  1. Charts, publications and terms:
  • Basic terms; Chart overview; Introduction to chart datum and depths
  1. Buoyage:
  • Lateral buoys; Cardinal buoys; Where to find information
  1. Navigation:
  • Plotting a position; Measuring distance and bearing; Position fix; Heading
  1. Safety:
  • Personal and boat safety equipment; Safety procedures and briefing; Communications; Engine checks; Rescue procedures
  1. Anchoring:
  • Where to anchor; How to anchor
  1. Tides:
  • Tidal streams; Tidal heights
  1. Electronic navigation:
  • GPS terms; GPS use; Using waypoints
  1. Rules of the road:
  • Risk of collision; Who gives way
  1. Weather forecasts:
  • Sources of forecast; Terms used in forecasts
  1. Pilotage:
  • Harbour information; Transits; Pilotage plan
  1. Passage planning:
  • SOLAS V requirements; Pre planning; Chart choice

What’s Included

You get a full RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Theory Course pack which includes course notes and RYA Training Charts. You also get a plotter/dividers pack and course completion certificate.

Compatibility Minimum requirements:
Mac or PC (not iPad)
Windows XP or later, Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Minimum hardware:
1.0GHz Intel processor or better
128MB free RAM
100MB free hard disk space
32 bit colour graphics card
1024 x 768 screen resolution
Sound card and speakers or headphones

Minimum web browsers
Internet Explorer 6, Safari 4, Chrome or Firefox 3

Software requirements:
Adobe Flash Player
JavaScript must be enabled in your web browser.

A connection speed of 512kbps is required.
If using Internet Explorer 10 you may need to view the course in Compatibility Mode.
You will need to switch the pop-up blocker off in your web browser.

Course Availability

Available at any time, online study gives you the flexibility to complete this in your own time.

Our Details

Call us to book now on 02392 520 200


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