Training & Exam
$ 325
  • Yachtmaster Supported
  • Beginner

Course Objectives and Outcomes

Course Details

Course Duration: Approximately 16 hours of course content completed online in your own time.

Course Summary

The RYA Essential Navigation course is aimed at a wide audience, including anyone new to sailing, motor boating, kayaking, fishing, diving, experienced dinghy or keelboat sailors.

This online course is the perfect stepping-stone to the more in-depth RYA Day Skipper shore-based course, or to courses on the water such as the Powerboat, Start Yachting or Competent Crew.

By the end of this course you should feel you have an introduction to the topics covered during this course, and be ready to move on to either the RYA Competent Crew course, or the RYA Day Skipper Theory course.

Who Should Do The Course?

This course is suitable for a wide audience, including:

  • Anyone wanting to learn the foundations of local and coastal navigation
  • Sail vessel owners
  • Power vessel owners
  • Members of crew on sail and power vessels
  • Coastal kayakers
  • Recreational fisherman

If you want to improve your knowledge of the topics below in an online coastal navigation course this course would suit you well.

What Will I Learn? (Course Syllabus)

This course will give a fantastic introduction and foundation knowledge of the following subjects in the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship syllabus:

  • Charts, Publications and Terms
  • Buoyage
  • Navigation
  • Safety
  • Anchoring
  • Tides
  • Electronic Navigation
  • Rules of the Road
  • Weather Forecasts
  • Pilotage
  • Passage Planning

Click below to view the detailed course syllabus for RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship:

RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course Syllabus

What Do I Need To Do The Course?

All you need is internet access.

A course pack with charts, plotter, dividers, handbook and course notes will be mailed out to you (Australia-wide) after you register. We can also send this internationally if you like.

What about if I need help or support?

This course is run by Sunshine Sailing Australia, with our experienced local instructors on hand to help you whenever you have questions or need support.

The online component is provided in partnership with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) through Sunshine Sailing Australia’s training centre.

How Long Is The Course?

The course is completed 100% online, and takes around 16 hours. Access to the course is 12 months.

What Certificate Do I Get?

RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship certificate presented upon successful completion of your course.

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    Bob course completed 5th March 2020

    “ excellent introduction that all new boat users should be encouraged to complete. It gives you the confidence to get the most out of your boat, whilst being aware of the risks.”

    Misty course completed 17th August 2018

    “ be recommended for newcomers, but also very useful for those who want to do more than pull ropes and tie on fenders.”

    Lachlan course completed 16th August 2019

    “I would definitely recommend it to new boat owners or anyone keen to get into boating.”