Online Courses


We provide a number of different courses for professional seafarers and leisure sailors. To help you decide which course is for you, please visit our FAQ page.


RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship

A great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new and 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. It’s 100% online. Study from the comfort of your home.

Who this course is for:   Anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving.  It works well in complementing on-the-water training.

Length of course: Online the course will take around six hours, but the beauty of it is that you can work through it at your own speed, whenever and wherever you like.

Objective:  To get an introduction to navigation and safety awareness, both for new or inexperienced skippers and crew, and those wanting to refresh their skills.

Assessment: When you take the course online, you will find many interactive exercises to help reinforce the information and lots of chances to try out what you've learned.

Prerequisites: No previous sailing or boating experience is required.

Format of the course:   Online, step by step, at your pace.

Syllabus:

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