RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course

Choose how you learn:

In the Classroom:

Or Online:


Course Duration: 2 days (classroom) or 6-8 hours (online)


Who's the course designed for:

This course gives a basic introduction to navigation and safety to anyone new to boating and is useful for experienced dinghy and keelboat sailors and inshore racers. 


Suitable for anyone involved with: Personal watercraft, Sailing, Motorboating, Sea Angling, Diving, Powerboating.

Find out more about the RYA Basic Navigation & Seamanship course on the RYA website

Course topics include:

  • Charts & publications
  • Engine Checks
  • Tidal awareness
  • Pilotage
  • Anchoring
  • Passage planning
  • Safety 
  • Buoyage
  • Visual and electronic navigation
  • Rules of the road
  • Weather forecasts

Whats included:

  • Training chart
  • Plotter
  • Dividers
  • Course handbook
  • Exercises
  • Electronic chart plotter CD

Course prices & availability:

Are you a club, family, group or training centre?

We specialise in running training for clubs, centres and groups therefore we bring the training courses to you (any UK location). 

We charge one flat rate (+ mileage at government rates + basic accomodation fees for those located outside of a 50 mile radius from Poole, Dorset) for any number of students from 1-10. The more students you put on the course, the more cost effective it is for you!


What do you need to provide?

A classroom or dry teaching area with adequate space for the number of students on the course, tables, chairs and a white board. 

What we provide: 

  • A qualified and experienced RYA Shorebased instructor
  • Training charts
  • Plotters
  • Dividers
  • Course handbooks
  • Exercises
  • Electronic chart plotter CD


Classroom Group Course fees: 

  • Up to 5 students: £400-00 + VAT (just £80pp**) + student packs* at £30p.p.
  • 6 - 10 students: £400 + £60 + VAT for each additional student + student packs* at £30p.p.


* Essential Navigation & Seamanship student pack (includes - course notes, exercises, plotter, chart plotter CD, practice charts, dividers) & RYA certificate fee package at £30-00 p.p. is charged in addition to course fee. 


** Course fee breakdown worked on maximum numbers & based on us coming to your location within a 50 mile radius from Poole, Dorset (outside of this area will incur a standard government mileage rate charge).  



Contact us on info@marine-education.co.uk with the dates you're interested in. 


All our courses are covered by a £1 million Public liability insurance. 


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