RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship course 


This RYA shorebased 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 an online course, allowing you to study at your own pace at your own place.





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

The course is taught over 16 hours with exercises to complete along the way. It will be covered as a two days weekend session.


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 book
  • Sandwich lunch, coffee/tea
  • Free parking at our premises
  • A certificate is awarded at successful passing the assessment 


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:  2 days (normally a weekend)



  • Kats, the Netherlands
  • Brussels, Belgium


Previous experience:  None required


Assumed knowledge : None required


Minimum age:  16 years


Cost: 280 Euro


Course dates: 

  • Please enquire for dates for this classroom course
  • Alternatively enquire for more information on our online courses




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RYA Essential navigation


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or do you prefer an online course ?



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