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RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship - Theory Course for Beginners

The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course is an inspiring online course for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving - or pretty much anything else on the water! This on line course is the most basic navigation course we offer. It will give you the essential knowledge needed when you’re afloat, from navigation to safety and seamanship to passage planning.

 

You can do it at home at your own pace – All you need is a computer and an internet connection. We send you a student pack by post (postage FREE for UK addresses. Postal charge extra for outside the UK)

 

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Fri, 03-01-2020 - 00:00
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RYA Theory Course - Essential Navigation & Seamanship

Beginners Level

RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship £95.00*

The Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course is an inspiring online course for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving - or pretty much anything else on the water! This course will give you the essential knowledge needed when you’re afloat, from navigation to safety and seamanship to passage planning.

  • Suitable for all - new crews through to budding skippers
  • Safety Essentials - all the essential knowledge for going afloat
  • Simplicity - easy to use, interactive and full of great graphics
  • Supporting your knowledge - an ideal accompaniment to your practical course
  • Complements other courses - a great starting point before more advanced courses
  • Real skills - use real skills alongside online technology
  • Best advice - written by top RYA instructors, created by award winning designers
  • Learn it, try it, test it - practice what you’ve learnt before taking the test
  • Link to RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course full details.

*UK delivery price, overseas students will be subject to additional postage fee*

RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship - Who is it For?

The Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course is an inspiring online course for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving - or pretty much anything else on the water! This course will give you the essential knowledge needed when you’re afloat, from navigation to safety and seamanship to passage planning.

RYA Interactive courses can be taken anytime, anywhere and at your own speed. All you need is a computer and the internet.

Top 10 reasons to take this online course

1.         Flexibility - anytime, anywhere, at your own speed (typically takes 6-8 hours)

2.         Suitable for all - new crews through to budding skippers

3.         Safety Essentials - all the essential knowledge for going afloat

4.         Simplicity - easy to use, interactive and full of great graphics

5.         Supporting your knowledge - an ideal accompaniment to your practical course

6.         Complements other courses - a great starting point before more advanced courses

7.         Real skills - use real skills alongside online technology

8.         Best advice - written by top RYA instructors, created by award winning designers

9.         Learn it, try it, test it - practice what you’ve learnt before taking the test

10.       Be part of it - the RYA’s 1st fully interactive online course

Putting theory into practice on a classic boat
Putting theory into practice on a classic boat

What is it not suitable for

The Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course is NOT as in depth as RYA Day Skipper on-line theory.

If you want to complete the RYA Day Skipper Practical Qualification at sea in the future, you will need to know how to do the navigation skills contained in the more detailed Day Skipper Theory syllabus.

The Day Skipper practical course is all about starting to make skipper decisions and putting what you have learned on the theory course into action whilst bouncing about on a sailing boat. The RYA Essential Navigation Course is a good start for this, but does not have the full depth of knowledge you will need to do well and pass a Day Skipper practical at sea. 

We strongly advise you to look at the more comprehensive Day Skipper Theory online course rather than Essential Navigation if you want to get the best out of a RYA Day Skipper practical course. 

RYA Day Skipper Theory

If you are unclear which entry level course would best suit you then please contact us PRIOR to purchase.

Essential Navigation & Seamanship Syllabus

  • Charts, publications and terms.
  • Buoyage
  • Navigation
  • Safety
  • Anchoring
  • Tides
  • Electronic Navigation
  • Rules of the road
  • Weather Forecasts
  • Pilotage
  • Passage Planning

The course costs £95 and this includes an Essential Navigation and Seamanship student pack. The pack includes course notes, exercises, plotter, chart plotter CD, practice charts and a free set of dividers. Basically, EVERYTHING you need to complete the course.

  1. Use the Paypal link below to pay for the course. 

  2. We will then create an RYA account for you, enroll you onto the course and send you your Username and Password. A course pack will be sent by post.

  3. You can start learning! 

Addresses outside Europe: If your forwarding address for the start up pack is outside Europe we need to use a courier service to ensure delivery. The pack is quite bulky so there is an additional postal charge of £30  for addresses outside Europe.  We will be adding outside Europe postal charges to our on line payment shortly but in the interim please ring us on 0044 (0)1872 580022 with your delivery address and we'll sort out the extra payment.

An Instructor to help

Talk to a Human - Your RYA Instructor,if you get stuck, is Debbie Purser at Classic Sailing. Debbie  s a RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and RYA Principal at Classic Sailing. She has taught RYA practical courses on pilot cutter Eve of St Mawes for 20 years, and classroom theory courses.

 

RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship - Buy Now £95

 

Port Hand Mark - a bouy marking the lateral side of a channel in Eurpean waters
Port Hand Mark - a bouy marking the lateral side of a channel in European waters

 

Essential Navigation and PPR Courses with the RYA, Important Privacy Information

To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with the RYA via your user profile in www.ryainteractive.org. This learning management website is hosted and maintained by a third party called Learning Pool, who will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course.

Your name and email address will be entered on www.ryainteractive.org in order to create your user account. On your first access to the site, you will be asked to enter your address and date of birth. You will have access to the site for one year in order to complete your online course. During this period, your personal information will be held on the website by Learning Pool and be available to this training centre and the RYA for the purpose of managing your course. 

Instructional support will be provided by this training centre for a period of Classic Sailing LTS from the date of your course booking.

On completion of your course, your name, email, date of birth and address will be transferred to the RYA's central database for the purpose of recording details of the course and any certification you gain as a result of it. This information allows the RYA to record your certification, to update any records they may already hold about you or your qualifications and to verify your certificate if required.

After one year from the date of your enrolment on a course, your user account will be removed from www.ryainteractive.org.

Full details of how the RYA will deal with your personal information will be displayed when you first access www.ryainteractive.org.

For the duration of your access to the site, your data will be held in accordance with the RYA Interactive Data Policy, Terms and Conditions.

If you receive a digital certificate downloaded from the RYA Interactive site on completion of your course, your name, address, date of birth and certificate details will be transferred to the RYA database and held in accordance with the RYA’s Privacy Policy.

 

RYA Theory Courses

Want to study Navigation and Seamanship?

Would you like to gain an internationally recognised RYA (Royal Yachting Association) qualification?

Do you want to understand how navigation works so you can become a watch leader or skipper?

Want to brush up your theory to pass a Yachtmaster Practical Exam for a sailing career?

Hoping to sail the world - Are you ready for some Astro Nav?

 

 Buy Now - Special Offer on longer RYA Theory Courses

Below explains all the distance learning or on line RYA theory courses that your can order and pay for on the Classic Sailing Website.

Distance Learning on-line makes it simple to learn.

  1. You can do it at home – or anywhere with an internet connection
  2. No travelling or commitment to 28 weeks of evening classes.
  3. You do it in your own time, in bite sized chunks
  4. Assistance is available to answer anything you may struggle  with.
  • RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship is an introductory course for only £95
  • RYA Day Skipper Theory - covers all you need to know from navigation novice to keen potential day skipper OFFER £245 (was £295)
  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal & Offshore Theory - the building blocks for intermediate/advanced skipper skills OFFER £245 (was £295)
  • RYA Yacht Master Ocean Theory - Astro navigation, sextants, routing & weather OFFER £295.00 (was £345)
  • Professional Practice & Responsibilities PPR (for instructors and wannabe charter skippers) £39

There is a higher course cost for posting the student pack to non UK addresses. Click on Buy Now button above for full details.

Assistance is available to answer anything you may struggle with.

Statistics

7/10ths of the world's surface is ocean, and sea levels are rising. There has never been a better time to learn to sail and navigate a boat"

Distance Learning at home - You are Not on Your Own

Debbie co founded Classic Sailing and is a RYA Yachtmaster Instructor
Debbie co founded Classic Sailing and is a RYA Yachtmaster Instructor

You set the time frame, you decide when you are free, and you decide how long each session will be.

You do have to have an element of self motivation and determination, but the online courses are interactive and fun. An instructor is never far away, by email or phone, to help you if you are struggling with any element, and there is a wealth of material provided with the Learning Packs sent to you. In fact, more than likely, we will not hear from you again until you have actually passed the exam and wish to join one of our RYA Practical Courses. 

Theory courses are not obligatory in order to pass any of the practical exams, but we do find that without the theory, some students struggle to complete the practical in the time given, or block the learning of others. The practical courses on boats at sea are fun, and challenging, and if you have done your homework, they are incredibly enjoyable. 

The beauty of an online course, is that you are in control. No need to juggle home and work, or arrange childcare, in order to get to evening school. No need to spend some of your precious holiday time stuck in a classroom. Instructors are on hand should you need any element of the course explaining, and will give you feedback on your submitted answers.

Who is there to help you?

The Classic Sailing office team are there to help you with RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship and the Professional Practice and Responsibilities Courses. The longer courses are run by Navathome - our chosen distance learning experts. This includes RYA Day Skipper, RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and Yachtmaster Ocean Theory. Their RYA instructors deal with high level RYA theory courses all the time and are much better placed to answer specific course questions. For more details of what this involves in terms of service see their Navathome Terms and Conditions. Please view Classic Sailing's Privacy Policy here for information on how we store and retain your information. 

By booking a Day Skipper or Yachtmaster course, the student agrees to Navathomes Terms and Conditions. 

For Essential Navigation and PPR, you agree to the RYA Terms and Conditions shown on the course page.

The information we collect on the form below is required for Classic Sailing to enrol you in the course with the course provider (Navathome or RYA). We will require your name, email address and delivery address so all the material can be sent directly to you including log in details.

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On a sailing voyage, we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her.

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Classic sailing is unable to be an expert for advice on visas and vaccinations for customers traveling outside their own country.

Please seek advice relating to your nationality traveling to the countries of your voyage from the country you will be setting off from and returning to.

Passports

In most instances, you will need a passport that expires six months or more after your return to your home country.

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