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Navigation and Seamanship

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.

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

It forms a valuable companion programme to our entry level sailing and powerboating courses including Competent Crew, Day Skipper Practical and 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


  • Online activity

    Complete online at your own pace (Self-paced)
    • $350.00 incl. GST
  • What's included

    • Online course login 
    • RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course pack 
    • Certificate upon completion 

    Before you start

    No previous experience is needed.

    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.

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