Essential Navigation & Seamanship

RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course

This entry level shore-based course has been specifically designed to meet the needs of those deciding to take to the sea for the first time, be it sailingmotor boating or any other sea related activity.  The course will guide you through the following topics with an emphasis on practical exercises and simulations:

  • Safety
  • Chartwork
  • Buoyage
  • Tides
  • Visual and electronic navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Rules of the road
  • Anchoring
  • Weather forecasts
  • Passage planning.


When you enrol on this  E-learning course we will create an account for you on our RYA Interactive page, giving you access to the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course. If required, you will  have email support from Ashore Sailing Principal, Mark Davis.

We offer this as an E-Learning course through our RYA Interactive page.

How long is the course? The course should take around six hours, with the advantage of being able to work through it at your own pace.

Prior knowledge: None required

Award: RYA Course Completion Certificate


  • RYA Course Pack which includes: Practice charts, course book, and exercise book,chart Plotter and a set of dividers
  • Access to the RYA Interactive course via our RYA interactive page
  • Email support

Cost: £95.00

Book your place HERE


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