Esential Navigation and Seamanship Theory On-line Interactive

We now offer the RYA Esential Navigation and Seamanship Theory course on-line (ask for the enrolment procedure) as an alternative to the 2 day classroom training.

The course is aimed at a wide audience, including anyone new to sailing, as well as experienced dinghy and keelboat sailors and inshore racers.

You will receive a course pack which includes course handbook, exercises and an electronic chart plotter CD.

Suggested Minimum Pre-course Experience: None
Assumed Knowledge: None
Course content: Charts and publications, safety, buoyage, tidal awareness, basic navigation and pilotage, rules of the road, electronic navigation, anchoring, weather forecasts, passage planning.
Ability after course: Following the course students will have a basic awareness and understanding of navigation and safety.
Minimum duration: Online 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.

This course is the perfect stepping stone to the more in-depth Day Skipper Theory course, or to courses on the water such as the or Day Skipper courses.

For more information, please call Des on 07557 474160 or send us an email.

GDPR Data protection:
To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with the RYA via your user profile in This learning management website is hosted and maintained by a third party called Learning Pool, who will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course.

Your name and email address will be entered on in order to create your user account. On your first access to the site, you will be asked to enter your address and date of birth. You will have access to the site for one year in order to complete your online course. During this period, your personal information will be held on the website by Learning Pool and be available to this training centre and the RYA for the purpose of managing your course.

Instructional support will be provided by this training centre for a period of one year from the date of your course booking.

On completion of your course, your name, email, date of birth and address will be transferred to the RYA’s central database for the purpose of recording details of the course and any certification you gain as a result of it. This information allows the RYA to record your certification, to update any records they may already hold about you or your qualifications and to verify your certificate if required. After one year from the date of your enrolment on the course, your user account will be removed from

Full details of how the RYA will deal with your personal information will be displayed when you first access