Esential Navigation and Seamanship Theory Course

The new two-day RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Theory course is aimed at a wide audience, including anyone new to sailing, motor boating, sea angling and diving as well as experienced dinghy and keelboat sailors and inshore racers.

Minimum duration:16 hours. Can be taught over 2 days or a series of shorter sessions. Can now be done online at RYA Interactive.




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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.

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Mindful of the fact that people are increasingly short of time for leisure pursuits, the RYA has taken a new approach, aiming to give students an awareness and knowledge of basic navigation techniques and safety in just 16 hours.

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

Below is some feedback from students on a pilot course run earlier this year:

“ excellent introduction that all new boat users should be encouraged to complete. It gives you confidence to get the most out of your boat, whilst being aware of the risks.”

“ be recommended for newcomers, but also very useful for those who want to do more than pull ropes and tie on fenders.”

“I would definitely recommend it to new boat owners or anyone keen to get into boating.”

“..a great mix of information with a good hands-on feel.”

“I now feel more confident in my abilities and can’t wait to get on the water and put the theory into practice.”

“Useful to all, regardless of experience. Good background knowledge to enhance your enjoyment of being afloat.”