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RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course – Online

Course Overview




Unlimited available

The Essential Navigation & Seamanship Online Course backed up with professional tutor assistance at every stage of your learning.

This course is an ideal foundation for anyone new to sailing or powerboating or any other leisure sea user, the course is laid out in a fun and interactive way for anyone who needs to learn the basics of Navigation & Seamanship to get out onto the water safely.

This course is taken online,  once you have booked the course you will receive a course ticket from us with information on how to access the online course, a further email will be sent to you once we have set up your username and password to access the course this is done within 1 hour of booking or next day.


You will receive a course pack which includes a chart plotter, Weems & Plath Ultralight DIVIDERS/COMPASS, 7″ and a course handbook.

You will also be in constant contact with your named course tutor via phone, email support if you get stuck or need help during the course.How to Access the RYA Interactive website

Proceed to the RYA Interactive e-learning login page: CLICK HERE and enter your username and password.

The online course offers you approximately 6 – 8 hours of interactive learning. Once you have registered for the course, you will have 12 months of course access and tutor support.

Other items you will need to complete this course are:-

You will require the course pack that includes the RYA Training charts and plotting equipment, this pack will be dispatched via courier.

Course Bookings

As well as making a booking via the website you may prefer to make a postal booking by downloading the booking form if you prefer to pay by cheque or BACS, please use this link shorebased-course-booking-form and post it back to our office.

Time limit

You have 12 months from the date you enrolled to complete the Online Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course, please let us know before this time elapses if you need any further time to complete the course. Please refer to our FAQ page for further information.


We give a full 14-day money-back guarantee on this course as long as you have not logged into the RYA Interactive page or have downloaded the course software. We also require you to return the course pack unopened via a signed for tracked postal service back to our office in Southport.

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Course Modules:

  • Anchoring
  • Buoyage
  • Charts and publications
  • Engine checks
  • Passage planning
  • Pilotage
  • Rules of the road
  • Safety
  • Pyrotechnics (Distress Signals)
  • Tidal awareness
  • Visual and electronic navigation (GPS)
  • Weather forecasts


Minimum requirements:
Mac or PC (not iPad)
Windows XP or later, Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Minimum hardware:
1.0GHz Intel processor or better
128MB free RAM
100MB free hard disk space
32 bit colour graphics card
1024 x 768 screen resolution
Sound card and speakers or headphones

Minimum web browsers:
Internet Explorer 6, Safari 4, Chrome or Firefox 3

Software requirements:
Adobe Flash Player
JavaScript must be enabled in your web browser.

A connection speed of 512kbps is required.

If using Internet Explorer 10 you may need to view the course in Compatibility Mode.


We aim to dispatch your course pack the same day you book the course, it can take up to 3 working days for the navigation course pack to arrive, our chosen courier is Myhermes fully tracked service.

Yes, it is 12 months from when you enrolled in the Online course. If you do need any extra time please contact us before 12 months has elapsed.

The reason is that we only hold on to your personal data for no longer than necessary to abide by the new European data laws that come into force in May 2018 (GDPR) General Data Protection Regulation.

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