RYA Navigation and Seamanship Theory Courses

A series of shorebased courses to complement training on the water.  Northern and southern hemisphere versions of training materials are available so courses can be taken anywhere in the world.  Use of an electronic chart plotter is integral to each course to give an insight into electronic navigation.

Basic Navigation and Safety
An introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new, inexperienced and rusty skippers and crew
This highly practical course is for anyone new to sailing, motor boating (including RIBs and small powerboats), sea angling and diving and is a stepping stone to the more in-depth Day Skipper shorebased course.  It complements Start Yachting, Helmsman and Intermediate Powerboat courses.  A course pack which includes a chart, plotter, course handbook, exercises and chart plotter CD will be provided.
Duration: 16 hours which may be over 2 full days or a series of shorter sessions
Course Content: Charts and publications, safety, engine checks, buoyage, tidal awareness, visual and electronic navigation, pilotage, rules of the road, anchoring, weather forecasts, passage planning

Day Skipper
A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers
The course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day.  A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.
Duration: 40 hours with two exam papers and may be covered as a series of short sessions or a week long course or by distance learning
Course Content:  Basics of seamanship, essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage, chartwork, electronic charts, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, weather forecasting and meteorology, tides, collision regulations, construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat, emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts

Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore
Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day skipper course and taking your theory knowledge to the level required for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams
This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages.  It allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation and meteorology skills.
Duration:  40 hours with three exam papers and may be covered as a series of short sessions, an intensive week-long course or by distance learning
Course Content:  Position fixing, course shaping and plotting, tidal knowledge, use of almanacs and admiralty publications, electronic position finding equipment, taking and interpreting weather forecasts, plotting weather systems, weather predictions using a barometer and by observation, collision regulations, customs regulations for cruising abroad

Yachtmaster Ocean
This course is for those aspiring to blue water cruising and is ideal for holders of the Yachtmaster Offshore certificate who are preparing for their first ocean passage
If you are working towards the Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence this course exempts you from the written exam
Duration:  40 hours with one exam paper and may be covered as a series of short sessions, an intensive week-long course or by distance learning
Experience Required:  Navigation skills to the standard of Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased course
Course Content:  Unravel the mysteries of astro navigation, using a sextant, ocean passage making, worldwide meteorology and electronic navigation aids


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