RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course

The introductory RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course can be taken either as two days classroom based or as a self study interactive course. It is aimed at anyone new to seagoing activities.  The course gives students an awareness and knowledge of essential navigation techniques and seamanship in a relaxed environment and covers the key areas that anyone who goes out in a boat should be aware of.
Main topics include:
  • Charts, publications and terms
  • Buoyage
  • Navigation
  • Fixing a position
  • Personal and boat safety equipment
  • Safety procedures and briefing
  • Communications
  • Engine checks
  • Rescue procedures
  • Anchoring
  • Tidal streams
  • Tidal heights
  • Electronic navigation
  • Rules of the road
  • Weather forecasts
  • Pilotage
  • Passage planning
  • SOLAS V requirements
  • Pre-planning
  • Electronic chart plotter is included in this course.


You can view the entire course syllabus here
By the end of the course you will know how to get safely between two nearby harbours during the day in good weather and will have had experience of preparing a passage plan.

Course Requirements
No prior knowledge is required.

The course runs from 0900 to 1730 and includes tea, coffee and biscuits.

This course   leads onto the RYA Day Skipper  Theory course and is complemented by the RYA VHF/SRC Radio Course. Follow @SurreyShorebase
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