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 Benelux)
  • 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.



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