Online course



This course comes with a £30 voucher* to redeem against our Competent Crew practical course or Day Skipper theory course.

* Your voucher will be emailed as soon as you complete your Essential Navigation Course. Contact Us for more details

Available on back-order

The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship 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. In fact, it’s for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving, and works well in complementing the RYA on-the-water training, such as the Powerboat Level 2 or Competent Crew courses. The course should take between 6 and 10 hours to complete and will provide you with a great background into remaining safe on the water. It’s a highly informative course with lots of opportunities for you to put your newfound knowledge into practice.

How long is the course?

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. You’ll have 1 year from activation of your account to complete the course.

Feedback from course students

“Very useful and informative.  I have the practical experience but learning the theory has increased my confidence.” “Great course, extremely well presented.” “An absolutely fantastic course and so glad that I took it – I feel a lot more confident and will be safer.” “Really enjoyed it. Great videos, great interaction, very educational. Well done.”

  1. Online course 2

    james w.

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    Did what it said on the tin.

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    Shaun (verified owner)

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    Very good course. Great introduction to skills and knowledge

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    Miles Woodgate

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    If like myself your interested in boating but are a complete novice get on the phone to Marcus and book yourself in for the Day Skippers Shore Course.
    Obviously a very experienced yachtsman with a vast knowledge on the subject matter. I really enjoyed the Tuesday evenings in the classroom and once the practical has been completed I will certainly be enrolling for the next course.

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    Rupert Holloway

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    Booked on behalf of my teenage daughter who now has the theory part of her day skipper successfully completed . She loved every minute of it, and as she says she can now navigate a boat before she’s even allowed to sit a driving theory test! Thanks again Marcus for inspiring her at the beginning of her sailing career.