About The Course

This online course is a basic introduction to the charts and publications used by seafarers.  It will give you an understanding of the safety considerations of buoyage, navigation, pilotage, passage planning and rules of the road whilst at sea and also the causes and implications of tides and weather.

Assumed Knowledge



This is an online course which will take you in the region of 16 hours to complete.

On Completion

At the end of this course you will have a basic knowledge of navigation and safety at sea.

Course Dates

You can sign up for one of our online Essential Navigation & Seamanship courses at any time and study at times that suit you and fit in with your own lifestyle. PPSA are here to support you throughout your online course journey.

Next Steps

The RYA Day Skipper Theory Course is the logical progression from the Essential Navigation Course once you have gained some practical experience at sea

RYA Membership

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Become a member of the Royal Yachting Association, our national governing body, just click the banner to find out more and sign up. Your membership will keep you informed and up to date on everything to do with sailing and powerboating both in the UK and further afield. Membership supports the improvement and development of the national boating programs in which you are taking part. You’ll also gain access to lots of great deals through the RYA.