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Essential nav


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

Essential navigation and Seamanship

On line course with us at RYA interactive

A break away from our normal distance learning courses. This one is online and offers the very basic ( Essential) knowledge quickly and cheaply.


I didn't write it, but I do endorse it. My job is to help you through when you're stuck.

The course on line should take you about 6 hours to complete. Everyone is different however so take your time!

It might seem a bit daunting initially if you're a luddite like me! but get over it! If I can sort it, you can!.

How to register.

Simply fill in the registration form and  email to us.
I then send you a enrolment key and set you up a login.

After that just login and get started!.


Preview the RYA essential navigation course online


Once you start a course you need back up - for marking of modules quickly and if you are struggling with a subject.

With us you don't struggle; - you ask! You can contact us 5 days a week by telephone (0930 - 1630 UT), or email and we will guide you through the problem.

Also on skype at


really useful! web cam. Wow the wonders of modern computing!

At busy times we aim to get back to you within the day.


There is a time limit of one year set on the courses, this helps us to cope with students marking needs, but more importantly, it helps the student focus. It is best to complete the course in a period of around three to four months.


Exercises can be returned for marking via post or email and in some cases by fax. We try to check your work and send comments back within the day, but this is not always possible. At busy times this may take a little longer.


Registration Form:


Download the registration form as a Word document

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