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Online course Essential Navigation & Seamanship

This course offers an introduction to navigation and safety on board for sailors who would like to learn the basic theory of offshore sailing.

Course content

  • Charts and Publications
  • Safety at sea
  • Engine on board
  • Buoyage at sea
  • Tidal
  • Visual and electronic navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Rules of the road
  • Anchoring
  • Weather forecasting
  • Passage planning

Course information

Account: In 24 hours after having received your online payment, you will get an account on where the RYA is offering this online course.
Language: The course is in English.
Duration: The online course takes more or less 6 hours. You will be granted access to the account for 6 months.
Price: Euro 50, – including VAT, excluding Student Pack and Certificate of Completion.
Student pack including Certificate of completion: Euro 80, – It is possible to do the course without a student pack, because the online course contains digital images of the sea charts and almanac. If you would also like to receive a certificate of completion, you can order the full student package. I cannot order the RYA certificates separately for you.
Support: In case you have any questions, please call or email me or we can arrange a Skype session. One hour of support is included.

Data sharing for RYA online courses

RTCs offering courses through are required to include the following data sharing statement in their booking process or privacy policy, entering the RTC’s instructional support period in the space provided:

To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with the RYA via your user profile in 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 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 1 year 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
Full details of how the RYA will deal with your personal information will be displayed when you first access
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.