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 many opportunities to put your newfound knowledge into practice.

How long is the course?

The course will take around six hours, but the beauty is that you can work through it at your speed, whenever and wherever you like. You’ll have one year from the 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, and very educational. Well done.”

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  1. Online course 3

    Nicely run course, delivered in a relaxed and helpful way

  2. Online course 4

    VHF online course was comprehensive and easy to follow. Marcus was extremely helpful in answering my queries before the exam. On the day of the exam I was accompanied by my daughter who i expected would wait outside whilst I completed the test. Instead Marcus involved her and allowed her to follow the script during the practical radio examples – she was delighted to be involved and to push the big red button! Thank you Marcus. I would highly recommend Polka Sailing for the VHF or day skipper theory course. Marcus is an engaging instructor who brings the syllabus to life with practical examples.

  3. Online course 4

    Thank is my third course with Marcus. He always managed to strike the right balance of making it fun whilst we learn and understand the serious points. He was the same for the assessment so my nervous was dispelled and I really enjoyed it.

  4. Online course 6

    Clear and good instruction delivered in a professional way. Highly recommend Marcus

  5. Online course 7

    very professional and helpful from start to finish Thanks