Essential Navigation and Seamanship

Great introduction to navigation and safety

What is the Essential Navigation and Seamanship course?

The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course is an introduction to basic navigation and can be taken in one of comfortable classrooms across two days. The well written course provides an understanding of navigation and safety awareness for beginners to sailing, or watersports, or is an ideal course to refresh existing skills.



Dates coming soon

What’s included in the course?

The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course is a highly informative course with lots of opportunities for you to put your new-found knowledge into practice. You will find many interactive exercises to help reinforce the information and lots of chances to try out what you’ve learned.

Course subjects include:

  • Charts and publications
  • Engine checks
  • Tidal awareness
  • Pilotage skills
  • Anchoring
  • Passage planning
  • Safety
  • Buoyage
  • Electronic and visual navigation
  • Rules of the road
  • Weather forecasts

Who is the Essential Navigation and Seamanship course suitable for?

Anyone involved in any aspect of boating, however, it also compliments the Start Yachting and Powerboat level 2 courses. Check out our other courses to see which one is best for you.


Given the current circumstances you may be wondering how you would receive your course materials if you booked a course with us.

The RYA have arranged for Ebook versions of the key training materials to be made available to students that book through Recognised Training Centres.

When you book a Navigation course, we will send you an Ebook voucher redemption code along with full redemption instructions, to download the materials through the RYA Books app.

The remaining course materials will be delivered to you when restrictions have been lifted.

Upcoming Courses

Please contact the Nautical team if you have any questions.
*Dates and timings may be subject to change at our discretion. We can arrange the dates to suit your schedule.

Due to the current Covid-19 crisis, classroom course dates will be announced in due course, please contact us to be put on a reservation list.

We do not have scheduled courses at this moment. Please check back later or contact us with your dates and itinerary.

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October 2019

From an instructor’s point of view, they offer unparalleled facilities but, more importantly, a very good support system which means we can offer great service to the students. When you couple that with their diligence and integrity you can be sure of being in safe hands.

July 2019

Just completed the Dayskipper Sail Combo with John O´Hara and Geraint Edwards as our brilliant, super competent and friendly teachers. Thank´s very much to you guys, learned so much in the last 9 days, was a great pleasure to me!

March 2019

Many thanks to the team, such a positive energy. John, our instructor, was excellent and so influential to all of us in the YM class. I’d highly recommend.

October 2018

I would like to thank all especially Nathan. I attended a powerboat course last year with Nathan as my instructor, and I was fortunate again this year to be taught again by Nathan on my theory. Without a doubt this has been my most enjoyable course to date. I learnt an incredible amount of both theory…

September 2018

I completed my PBL2 in 2017. I then took advantage of the free Workshops later in the year to get me started on my career. Little did I know, all the gems of information presented in such a supportive, interesting and professional environment would be put into practice. Shortly thereafter I assisted on the bridge…