RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship online course 


This RYA online course offers a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew, and those wanting to refresh their skills. It's a highly informative course with lots of opportunities for you to put your new found knowledge into practice during one of our practical courses and on your own boat.


This RYA course is also available as a classroom course at our training centre.







Course content

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

RYA Interactive courses can be taken anytime, anywhere and at your own speed. All you need is a computer and the internet.


Ability after the course

Completion of the course should give you all of the required navigation and theoretical knowledge required to move towards the Day Skipper shorebased course and RYA Day Skipper qualification.


What's included

  • All course materials including the RYA Essential Navigation notes handbook
  • RYA training chart
  • Training almanac (online version)
  • Electronic chart plotter (online)
  • Plotter and dividers
  • Email support by one of our instructors
  • Postage to your address (in Europe)
  • Certificate at successful completion of the course and exercises


Supporting courses

We recommend practical training on board of our C-MASTERS vessel to put your knowledge into practice.


Supporting books

For additional learning, we recommend the RYA book 'An introduction to navigation'




Details of this course

Duration:  At your own pace (normally about 8 hours)


Previous experience:  None required


Assumed knowledge : None required


Cost: 195 Euro

Note: Please enquire for cost of postage of your course pack to an address outside of the Benelux.





Overview of all our RYA online courses



RYA Essential navigation online


Online course for beginning crew members, providing essential knowledge on navigation and seamanship on board



RYA Day Skipper online course


Intermediate online course for competent crew members and beginning skippers, which lays the foundation for safe navigation and seamanship. Recommended for all sailors on tidal and non-tidal waters


RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster


Advanced online course for skippers of sailing and motor vessels, preparing them for long (day and night) coastal and offshore passages, with lots of emphasis on passage planning, safety and navigation skills



RYA Yachtmaster Ocean online

ym-oceanWorldwide weather systems, celestial navigation and preparation of ocean passages, for those eager to cross the ocean and for professional skippers


Fastrack to RYA Yachtmaster online



Advanced online course for skippers of sailing and motor vessels, which combines the Day Skipper and the Yachtmaster theory online courses



PPR online course


Obtain commercial endorsement to work professionally as Skipper or crew member



Short Range Certificate online course


Online course for obtaining the knowledge in preparation of the exam for your VHF GMDSS certificate.


CEVNI test online


Online test on rules of inland European waters required to validate your International Certificate of Competence

or do you prefer a classroom course ?


For even more interaction with the instructor and contact with fellow students, we recommend to take a look at our shorebased classroom courses







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