RYA Essentials Navigation – Theory (Online)

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

Considering that people are short of time for leisure pursuits we have taken a new approach, aiming to give students an awareness and knowledge of basic navigation techniques and safety in just 16 hours.

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

Below is some feedback from students on a pilot course run earlier this year:

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

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

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

What will I learn?

  •  Navigational charts & publications
  • Safety
  • Buoyage systems and rules of the road
  • Tidal awareness
  • Basic Navigation Techniques
  • Basic visual, electronic navigation, pilotage and passage planning
  • Basic weather forecasts

What do I bring?

All you need is internet access. A course pack with Charts, Plotter, Dividers, Handbook and course notes is provided

Where are we?

Our office is located at The Mooloolaba Marina on Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba just an hour north of Brisbane. The course is delivered online.


What do I get?

RYA certificate presented upon successful completion of your course.

This course is hosted on request. Book your place now and work with Sunshine Sailing Australia to finalise the date after booking.


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