Is the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course right for me?

Is the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course right for me?

Are you interested in learning to sail but don’t know where to start?
We will look at the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course in more detail to see if it is right for you.

Equinox Sailing runs RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship courses all year round to help students gain essential skills for sailing.

The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course is a great introduction to boating for all water users. It is also a useful refresher course for sailors who have had a long spell off the water.

Let’s go through what you’ll be learning:

During your RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course you will learn the basic knowledge in safety and navigation required before taking a small boat to sea or before taking an active part in crewing.

Safety at sea is very important and during your RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course you will learn how to be safe on a boat –you will learn about both personal and boat safety equipment, safety procedures and a safety briefing, how to communicate on a boat, engine checks to ensure your engine will work reliably and rescue procedures.

During your RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course you will learn about charts and their associated publications. You will gain an understanding of the terms and symbols used on a chart for navigation. You will learn how to plot your position on a chart using a traditional fix, as well as using a GPS position to know where you are on the water.

Learn how tides affect us when we are on the water, both the height of the tide and how the streams effect how far or fast we can go. The course also covers how the height of tide can affect anchoring a boat.

Learn where to get a weather forecast and how it can influence a boat while on the water. Learn how the weather can affect our passage plans and what the SOLAS V (Safety Of Lives At Sea) requirements are for planning a passage. Learn about local harbours and how to navigate them safely.

During your RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course you will learn how to identify if there is a risk of collision with another boat and what action should be taken to avoid it.

The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course is an online course and usually take 16 hours to complete- for a demonstration of the course please follow the link above.

The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course is the foundation RYA Theory course. Why not continue the RYA qualifications and complete the RYA Competent Crew course allowing you to put your newly found knowledge into practice. Just want to get out on the water? Why not join us for a weekend cruise.

Have a taste for sailing and would like some more experience? Why not come out cruising with us? Try the RYA Start Yachting or RYA Competent Crew
Fancy something a little faster? Why not come out racing or on a race training course?

RYA One Day Courses
RYA VHF Course
RYA First Aid
RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
RYA Sea Survival Course
Learn more about the One Day Courses we offer.

Learn more about our foundation courses.

If you have any other question please contact us or check out our FAQ page

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