RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship


This course offers a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew, and those wanting to refresh their skills. In fact it's for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving, and works well in complementing our on-the-water training, such as the Powerboat Level 2.

It's a highly informative course with lots of opportunities for you to put your new found knowledge into practice. If you decide to take the course online, you will find many interactive exercises to help reinforce the information and lots of chances to try out what you've learned.

Course topics include:

  • Charts and Publications
  • Safety
  • Engine checks
  • Buoyage
  • Tidal awareness
  • Visual and electronic navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Rules of the road
  • Anchoring
  • Weather forecasts
  • Passage planning

You will receive a course pack which includes a basic chart, plotter, basic dividers, course handbook, exercises and an electronic chart plotter CD.

How long is the course?

In the classroom, the course is taught over 16 hours with exercises to complete along the way. It can be covered as a series of short sessions or over two full days.

No previous boating experience is required.


Upcoming Course Dates;


      Night school Tues. Starts 16th Oct. 2018 (6 wks.) 6.45pm-9.30pm

        On line version coming soon -  can be completed in 6 – 10 hours - 95



Course cost; 150 (includes course pack)



All enquiries to the marina staff or e-mail suzanne@prestonmarina.co.uk or Tel. 01772 733595