Essential Navigation and Seamanship - Online

This self paced online course provides a beginner's introduction to the navigation theory and safety knowledge required to go boating safely at sea.
  • Online activity

    Complete online at your own pace (Self-paced)
    • $350.00 incl. GST
  • Description

    Navigation and SeamanshipThis online course is for anyone interested in sailing or boating.

    It forms a valuable companion course to our entry-level sailing and powerboating courses including RYA Competent Crew and RYA Day Skipper Practical NSW Boat Licence, and RYA Powerboat Level 2.

    The syllabus

    • Introduction to the tools of the navigator
    • Charts, datums
    • Almanac
    • Buoyage
    • Latitude, longitude, and position fixing symbols
    • Variation and deviation
    • Safety
    • Anchoring
    • Tides
    • Electronic navigation
    • Rules of the road
    • Weather forecasts
    • Pilotage and passage planning

    What's included

    • Online course login 
    • RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course pack includes basic navigation tools
    • Instructor support if required


    • RYA ESS certificate of course completion.  

    Before you start

    No previous experience is required, the course is suitable for newcomers to boating. 

    What next?

    If you plan to skipper your own boat or are considering commercial qualifications you should go on to complete Day Skipper Shorebased Theory and Day Skipper Practical courses.