RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship

RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship

Introducing the Basics

This 2-day entry-level qualification covers the background knowledge needed to take a small boat safely to sea, for activities such as diving, sea angling, sea kayaking or other watersports. Sailors and motor boaters who want to take more part in the running of a vessel and who aspire to skippering, would benefit from this course. It is also an ideal accompaniment to our RYA Cruising Level 2 course or the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course.

This classroom-based course covers the following topics:

  • Charts, publications and terms
  • Buoyage
  • Navigation
  • Safety
  • Anchoring
  • Tides
  • Electronic navigation
  • Rules of the road
  • Weather forecasts
  • Pilotage
  • Passage planning


2 days (16hrs)


None, just an interest in boating or related activities

Knowledge after the course

By the end of this short but informative course, students will have an understanding of basic chartwork and an awareness of the seamanship skills and safety issues associated with going afloat. Building on this solid foundation, the next step on the shorebased pathway would be the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased course.

What’s included?

  • Detailed tuition from an experienced RYA instructor
  • A comfortable classroom environment
  • Tea and coffee
  • RYA certificate on successful completion of course

Every student will also receive a course pack containing:

  • Course notes book
  • Exercise book
  • Training charts
  • Electronic chart plotter voucher
  • RYA handy plotter and dividers

What you need to bring

  • Pen and paper
  • 2b pencils, rubber and sharpener
  • Any recommended reading material
  • Packed lunch

Recommended reading

As part of your course pack, you will receive a copy of the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course Notes, to support your learning. However, if you wish to read around the subject in more depth, we would recommend the following books:

RYA An Introduction to Navigation


The course will be run at a venue within a maximum 20min drive of Inverness (details included in the joining instructions)


Please contact us for information about future courses.

If none of the advertised dates are suitable, we would be glad to run this course on an alternative date (minimum 3 people required). Please contact us to discuss your requirements.




To book a place on this course, please contact us by email or phone. Please state the course and date you are interested in and we will provide you with a booking form to complete.

A 20% deposit is required to secure a place and the full balance of payment will be required no later than 6 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.