The Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course is an aspiring classroom and 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 to passage planning.

RYA Interactive Courses can be taken anytime, anywhere and at your own speed. All you need us a device and the internet. 

Price: £100
Previous Experience: None
Assumed Knowledge: None
Duration: At your own pace

Course Content 

  • Charts and Publications
  • Safety 
  • Engine Checks
  • Buoyage
  • Tidal Awareness
  • Pilotage
  • Rules of the Road
  • Weather 

Top 10 Reasons to take an Online Course

  1. Flexibility – anytime, anywhere, at your own speed
  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 & full of great graphics
  5. Supporting your Knowledge – an ideal accompaniment to your practical course
  6. Complements other Courses – a great starting point for most other courses
  7. Real Skills – use real skills alongside online technology 
  8. Best Advice – written by top RYA instructors
  9. Learn it, Try it, Test it – practice what you’ve learnt 
  10. Be Part of it – the RYA’s first fully interactive online course 

Minimum Requirements for Compatibility

Mac or PC (not iPad or Android tablets)
Windows XP or later, Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Minimum hardware:

1.0GHz Intel processor or better
128MB free RAM
100MB free hard disk space
32 bit colour graphics card
1024 x 768 screen resolution
Sound card and speakers or headphones

Minimum web browsers:

Internet Explorer 6, Safari 4, Chrome or Firefox 3.

If using Mac, please use Chrome, Firefox or Opera instead of Safari.

Software requirements:

Adobe Flash Player
JavaScript must be enabled in your web browser.


A connection speed of 512kbps is required.

If using Internet Explorer 10 you may need to view the course in Compatibility Mode (see FAQs for advice).


How to Enrol 

The course fee is £100 which includes the interactive course, the accompanying course pack and access to our instructors. The course can be taken anywhere in the world, however anyone outside of the UK should contact us in the first instance a an additional postage fee will be payable for the course pack.

To pay the fee, use the “Buy This” link above, send us an email, or call 01752 408270 to let us know you wish to take the course. Once payment has been received we can register you on RYA Interactive and email you with your log-in details. 

Please allow time for our office staff to manually register you during working hours. 

We will need you postal address to send you the RYA Course Pack.
Once you’ve received the pack you’re ready to start learning at your own pace.
We’re here to help with any questions throughout the course. 

We hope that you can find the information you require on these pages, if you have any further questions, or require advice, please call us.