RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Online Theory Course

This course is ideal if you're interested in water-based sports such as fishing, sea angling, diving or RIB driving. It provides you with the essential knowledge and skills you'll need for pottering about in a small boat - and best of all, you can study wherever and whenever you like.

› Why Choose Us?

What Will You Learn?

  • Safety - usage of safety equipment & basic procedures for staying safe on board
  • Engine checks - avoiding breakdowns on the water
  • Awareness of tidal conditions
  • How to use visual and electronic navigation systems
  • Pilotage - procedure for leaving and entering harbour
  • Buoyage - identifying and navigating types of buoys
  • Collision regulations - the 'rules of the road'
  • Considerations for using anchors
  • Understanding of the effects of weather conditions on sailing trips
  • Safe passage planning

"Straight forward course from which I learnt loads. It was nice to know support was on hand at the end of the phone from a real live instructor, even if I didn't need it! Greatly enjoyed learning about charts."


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How Is The Course Delivered?

Perfect for beginners but appropriate for all skill levels, the RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Online Course is a complete introduction to the practicalities of being on the water.

The course is split into individual modules, each featuring easy-to-follow diagrams, graphics and animations to ensure your learning experience is always interesting and engaging. The more complex modules also include a "Try It" section where you can practice the skills you've learnt, and every module finishes with a Test It section which will check your knowledge.

You'll be supplied with a student pack which contains all the materials you'll need to supplement your online learning, and First Class Sailing will be happy to provide more guidance if you're struggling.

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Where Will Your Course Take You?

The Essential Navigation & Seamanship course will help you get the most out of nautical hobbies such as RIB driving and sea angling. By the end of the course, you will have built up a basic knowledge of what is involved in navigating a small watercraft, safely and confidently.

If you develop a taste for sailing and want to take your learning further, there's plenty of opportunities to progress. First Class Sailing offer a full range of RYA sailing courses, including Day Skipper and Competent Crew (which are the first port of call for those who want to move on from the Essential Navigation and Seamanship course).

For more details on the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Online Theory course, get in touch with First Class Sailing on 0203 006 3717.

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