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Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course via Distance Learning


Correspondence Course : £130

East Anglian Sea School's Essential Navigation distance learning course allows you to study this theory based course anywhere in the world and at your own pace within the time frame of 1 year from date of enrolment.

The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course will give you a basic introduction to navigation and electronic navigation techniques together with safety and seamanship. The course introduces you to the basics of navigation, charts, bouyage, tides, collision regulations and weather and is for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving. It also compliments practical training courses, such as the Powerboat Level 2, Start Yachting and Motor Helmsman courses.

Suggested Previous Experience

No previous experience

PLEASE NOTE: This course is currently not compatible with MAC

Course Content


The complete course includes:
  • Study material on CD
  • Study guides
  • Interactive modules
  • RYA Student pack
  • 2B pencil for chartwork
  • Marking and Support
  • Exams
  • Postage to UK addresses
Popular extras:
  • Navigational instruments - plotter and high quality dividers

  • Books - RYA books and other publications that are not essential for completion of the course however are nice to have on the book shelf and can help when moving onto higher level courses. 


  1. Safety - what we mean by safety and the key equipment and procedures that keep us safe at sea. Also included is navigation in restricted visibility and heavy weather and coping with disaster.

  2. Seamanship - including parts of a boat, key jargon, nautical terms, etiquette, mooring and anchoring.

  3. Tides - the fundamentals of tidal causes, heights and streams.

  4. Navigation - introduces charts, their symbols and the fundamentals of position and the relationship between true north and the magnetic compass.

  5. Buoyage - this lecture explains the basic navigational marks and there associated lights.

  6. Pilotage - how to formulate a simple pilotage plan for exit and entry into ports and harbours.

  7. Collision Regulations - the basic steering rules explained.

  8. Weather - forecasts and how to understand them, together with some simple basics and local effects.

  9. Passage Planning - how to prepare a simple passage plan and use of electronic navigation.  



There are no exams and progress is by continual assessment through RYA exercises. 



RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship certificate.



The syllabus includes:

  • Charts and publications

  • Safety including engine checks

  • Buoyage

  • Tidal awareness

  • Visual navigational and pilotage

  • Rules of the road

  • Electronic navigation

  • Anchoring

  • Weather forecasts

  • Passage planning



Other options @ EASS 

2 Day Theory Course - Come to our classrooms based at Suffolk Yacht Harbour, Levington and work through the RYA Basic Navigation syllabus with one of our experience instructors. Click here for details.



East Anglian Sea School Ltd.
Tel: 01473 659992    Email: sales@eastanglianseaschool.com