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Essential Navigation

Essential Navigation & Seamanship course

The Essential Navigation & Seamanship course is available online. This course is a substitute for our Coastal Navigation course for those who are physically unable to attend our classroom theory courses.

The Essential Navigation & Seamanship course is an introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew or for those wanting to refresh their skills. In fact it’s for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea kayaking, fishing and diving as well as dinghy and day sailors.

This online course and our Coastal Navigation course are stepping stones to the more in-depth Day Skipper Theory bridging course or for courses on the water such as RYA Competent Crew, RYA Helmsman and RYA Day Skipper Practical courses. They are also ideal for anyone contemplating a bareboat charter holiday especially an overseas holiday requiring an ICC or CEVNI certificate.

When you book this online course you will receive an RYA course pack that includes a chart, plotter, dividers, course handbook, exercises and an electronic chart plotter CD. You will also receive an interactive link and password for your online course. Click here for a taste of the online course.


Charts and Publications
  • Buoyage
  • Tidal awareness
  • Visual and electronic navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Rules of the road
  • Anchoring
  • Weather forecasts
Passage planning
  • Safety
    • Engine checks

How long is the course?

The online the course will take around six hours, you can work through it at your own speed, whenever and wherever you like. The drawback to the online course is that you do not have an experienced instructor able to instruct you provide instant feedback and answer any questions you will have as you do in the Coastal Navigation course.

How to take the course?

The RYA Online Essential Navigation and Seamanship course is run through Yachtmaster Sailing School using the RYA Interactive website. For more information and a ‘taster’ of the RYA Online Essential Navigation and Seamanship course please click here.

How much does it cost?

Refer to dates and prices for the most current information.

The full course fee is required per person with a booking form stating clearly you wish to enroll in the online Essential Navigation & Seamanship course. We accept cash, money order or credit card (MasterCard or Visa only). Please note that cheques are not accepted.

We will then send you an RYA course pack in the mail, interactive link and password to your course.

During your course an instructor will available with queries via email at yacht@yachtmaster.com.au.