Interested in learning to sail but don’t know where to start? The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course will take you through the basics and give you more confidence on the water.
The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course is ideal for anyone who wishes to take to the water, whether it is in a RIB, dive boat, dinghy, yacht or a motor boat or fishing boat.
The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course takes approximately 6 hours to complete and introduces the basic concepts of inshore navigation and safety in an easy to follow enjoyable format, including the opportunity for the student to test their learning before completing in the course tests.
The navigation module of the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course includes tidal awareness, charts, almanacs and the use of electronic navigation aids such as GPS.
The course covers how to pilot a boat in and out of a harbour including knowledge of buoys and a basic understanding of the rules of the road- explaining which boat should give way in a meeting situation.
The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course also covers how weather can affect plans on the water and how to get up to date weather forecasts.
For more information and a taster of the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course please visit our website.
What should I do next?
The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course is the perfect way to learn some basic knowledge before attending the RYA Competent Crew course. Equinox Sailing is currently offering the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course for £50 instead of the usual £99 if booked with an RYA Competent Crew course. Please contact us for more information.
Ways to get more sailing experience
Learning to sail means getting out on the water. Yacht or dinghy racing can be a great way to put skills and knowledge into practice. Races like the Round the Island Race is an exciting weekend with a mixture of racing and socialising and are the perfect way to get an introduction into racing. Equinox Sailing race regularly so if you’re interested visit our ‘Yacht Racing’ page for more details about getting started.
Join a sailing club
Find a local club and get involved. Boats owners are always looking for enthusiastic crew to go sailing with, many will only ask for a contribution towards costs incurred over the time on the water. Dinghy sailing is a great way to improve sailing skills as dinghies require the use of senses, rather than instruments- this is a helpful skill to take onto bigger boats.
Unsure which RYA Course is right for you? Contact us on 020 7002 7676 or [email protected] to discuss your previous experience or your next sailing goals.