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

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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.”

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  1. Online course 2

    Marcus is brilliant and the course will presented and executed

  2. Online course 3

    The course was highly enjoyable and I would highly recommend to anybody looking to embark on a sailing journey. Marcus was an excellent course leader and made even the more taxing aspects accessible. Well worth it !

  3. Online course 4

    Great way to get your theory qualification and would recommend highly over an online course. Marcus knows his stuff and had no problem in clearly explaining the Intricacies of navigation. Thank you

  4. Online course 2

    Useful material. Relaxed assessment. Well organised.

  5. Online course 6

    An amazing week – Marcus is very clear and also very patient, I didn’t feel under any pressure at all. I was quite nervous coming into the week but felt at ease straight away. Marcus explains everything thoroughly and demonstrates all the things you have to do and then helps you do them. The atmosphere on the boat was fun and relaxed the whole time. I’d do it all again for sure!