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RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course – Online

RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship on-line course is now available to you wherever you have access to the internet. You will be able to complete this modular course in your own time at your own pace. This will be backed up with support from your course tutor via phone, email or post.

This course is an excellent introduction to basic navigation and safety awareness for new, inexperienced, rusty skippers or crew. It is the perfect stepping stone to the more in-depth Day Skipper and Yactmaster online courses.

No previous experience required. This course is perfect for you if are new to sailing, motor boating, powerboating, sea angling and diving as well as experienced dinghy and keelboat sailors.

The Course

This course is taken online, we will email you your course access details including username and password within 1 hour of receiving your order during office hours (or next day).

You will receive a course pack which includes a chart plotter, Weems & Plath Ultralight DIVIDERS/COMPASS, 7″ and a course handbook and an RYA electronic chart plotter. You will also be in constant contact with your course tutor via phone, email support and by post 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 to pass all the modules, only then will the RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship certificate be awarded to you.

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. Refunds are paid by PayPal or Stripe.

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

A notebook, soft leaded pencils (2B), pencil sharpener and eraser

Course packs will be sent via a next day courier service in the UK £7.68. Outside the UK postal charges to be confirmed.

You can also 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 sent it back by post.


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


System Requirements

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.

Course Overview

6-8 Hours


01704 571 903

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