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RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship

The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course is the first step in boating. Our online and classroom navigation courses have been leading since 2001. Blended learning, the combination of online courses and classroom lessons, is the starting point for a good preparation.

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We offer the RYA online course, private lessons and classroom courses also incompany or for your sailing club.

Online course Shore based courses Private lessons / In-company training

Course Content

  • Charts & publications
  • Tidal awareness
  • Pilotage
  • Anchoring
  • Passage planning
  • Safety
  • Buoyage
  • Visual and electronic navigation
  • Rules of the road
  • Weather forecasts

Shore based instructor

Our sailing instructor teaches these navigational training with great enthusiasm, already since 2001. The teacher is RYA Shore based instructor, CWO (=Dutch Sailing School Association) Certified Sailing Instructor, Watersportverbond (=Dutch Sailing Association) Certified trainer Coastal Navigation. He also has made many sea miles on yachts sailing on the North Sea, Atlantic, in the Med and Caribbean as instructor and regatta sailor.

RYA Shore Based Instructor and Yachtmaster® Offshore, Commercial Endorsement met STCW95

RYA Shore Based Instructor and Yachtmaster® Offshore, Commercial Endorsement met STCW95 

watersportverbond erkende docent tkn

Watersportverbond certified teacher coastal navigation

CWO certified Sailing instructor

CWO Certified Offshore Sailing Instructor

Course material

The following course material is not included in our price. It can be purchased through us or online, for example in the webshop of the RYA.


  • Dividers
  • Portland Course Plotter
  • Pencil Compass
  • Pencil and eraser
  • RYA Training Charts 3 and 4


  • RYA Navigation Handbook £18.49, see:
  • "RYA Training Almanac Northern Hemisphere Edition". Order code TAN. Order it online on (also available as e-Book).
  • Students who would like to receive a RYA Certificate of Completion and also all students who enrolled in the classroom course are asked to order through us at the RYA a Student Pack (Northern Hemisphere) order code BNS, for EURO 40, that is including:
    • RYA Certificate of Completion
    • E-BNS Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course notes
    • ENS1 Essential Navigation & Seamanship Exercises and course information
    • RYA Training Charts
    • Shipping costs in Europe, if applicable

    The Student Pack will be delivered in the first lesson in the classroom or send to your home address in case you applied for the online course only (without classroom sessions).

    Minimum system requirements

    • Mac of PC (no iPad or Android tablets)
    • Windows XP or later, Mac OS X 10.6 or later
    • Browser: Safari, Chrome of Firefox
    • Adobe Flash Player enabled
    • JavaScript enabled

    Data sharing statement

    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 12 months (max. 60 minutes), 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.

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