RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Online Course

Course aim:

To introduce you to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew and those wanting to refresh their skills. 

This course goes hand in hand with practical training such as RYA Powerboat level 2, PWC, Start Yachting and Helmsman courses. 

Whats involved?

This is an eLearning course, but one of our RYA instructors is on hand to provide as much support as you require, this is done predominately by email, but we can also offer Skype chats at pre-arranged times.


Course content:

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

Course Duration:

Approximately 6 - 8 hours

Course fees & Booking:

Essential Navigation & Seamanship Online Course


  • Available
  • Shipping Time: 3-5 days1

Whats included? -

  • Online e-Learning course
  • Chart plotter
  • Dividers
  • Course handbook & exercises 
  • Electronic chart plotter download
  • Support from one of our RYA instructors

What now?

Pay online, we create and send you all the login details and post your course pack.

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How does it all work?

Once you've recieved a confirmation email from us, click HERE and login with the username & password we send you.

We will mail your course pack which will include the course book, but you don't need to wait for this to start your course.

Carry out the online training course at your own pace.

If you have any questions at any stage during your course, simply email your instructor.

On successful completion, you will recieve your certificate in the post.

Computer requirements & Technical support:

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:

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

Technical support:

Please visit the Help page on the RYA Interactive site.

Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Windows XP or later

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Call us on: 07557 780738