An essential introduction to navigation and seamanship. Tailored for those new to boating, anglers, divers, dinghy and keelboat sailors wishing to extend their horizons. Equally suitable for all types of craft, power and sail, from Albacore dinghies to Zapcat racers.

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Skipper your own vessel with the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Certificate

RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Theory

The Essential Navigation and Seamanship course is the basic introduction for anyone looking to spend time on the water.

It introduces the essential knowledge which will allow you to have fun whilst staying safe. This course provides a solid foundation in concepts which later RYA qualifications will expand upon. It teaches the basic essentials of navigation and chart-reading, how to recognize navigation buoys at sea, how tides and weather forecasts work and how to get started planning routes across the water.

The Essential Navigation and Seamanship course does not assume any previous knowledge of chartwork or boat-handling, making this an ideal course for anyone who is new to the world of navigation or looking to learn the theory essentials to support their practical experience.

As soon as you sign-up, you can log-in and begin your course. Supporting reading materials, charts and navigation tools are dispatched immediately and allow you to experience the concepts on practice-charts.

If you already have some basic understanding of some of these topics and are keen to progress to higher qualifications, we recommend this course as a good starting-point to ensure the foundations of your knowledge are solid before building in the complexities of the science of meteorology and more complex navigation.

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RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course Modules

  • Introduction to Charts
  • Buoyage
  • Navigation
  • Safety
  • Anchoring
  • Tides
  • Electronic Navigation
  • Rules of the Road
  • Weather Forecasts
  • Pilotage
  • Passage Planning

16 hours. Additional reading and study materials are suggested for the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course.

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