RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship

RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship

This course is an introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew, and those wanting to refresh their skills. The course is for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving, and works well in complementing the RYAs’ on-the-water training, such as the Powerboat Level 2, Start Yachting and Helmsman courses.

It’s a highly informative course with lots of opportunities for you to put your new found knowledge into practice. This is an online course with many interactive exercises to help reinforce the information and lots of chances to try out what you’ve learned

It provides basic seamanship and an introduction to navigation and meteorology.

Course type:

This is an RYA online course which will take around 16 hours to complete and you can work through this at your own pace, whenever and wherever you like. You are not on your own, you will have a Trent Sea Training tutor available to support you through this course. This is an ideal course for those with little or no experience, or some seagoing experience but no formal theory background. No pre-course knowledge is required.

For further information please watch this video from the RYA  Essential Navigation and Seamanship promo video

Successful students will be issued with an RYA ‘Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course Completion Certificate’.

Equipment needed:

In addition to the course fee (£75) an additional amount (£25) is payable for RYA training charts, plotting equipment and the course assessment pack. Within the online course there is a small extract of the  Training Almanac which you can view electronically, if you prefer you can also order a paper version of the full  Training Almanac (£8.50).

Some syllabus headings:

  • Seamanship: nautical terms, safety, engine checks, rules of the road, anchoring.
  • Meteorology: weather forecasts, sources of information, using meteorology in passage planning.
  • Navigation: chart work, electronic navigation, position fixing, tides, buoyage, pilotage, passage planning.

What do students say about this course?

This is a new course for Trent Sea Training launched in August 2020, so be the first to rate it. Below is what other students have said about the RYA course;

“Very useful and informative.  I have the practical experience but learning the theory has increased my confidence.”

“Great course, extremely well presented.”

“An absolutely fantastic course and so glad that I took it – I feel a lot more confident and will be safer.”

“Really enjoyed it. Great videos, great interaction, very educational. Well done.”

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