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RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship

We have designed the course to give you all the basic information you need for navigation and safety, whether you are a skipper or a crew, or new to boating and heading out on the water for the first time.

Our Online RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course provides a fantastic base of knowledge for taking your sailing or motor boat on short coastal passages. This  e-learning course offers a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new skippers.

The course offers the right balance of quality information and convenience when it comes to learning coastal navigation online, and is suitable for those seeking navigation training. This course is suitable if you are learning to navigation in Australia and throughout the rest of the world.

For the boaters who plan to keep learning this course gives you the skills and knowledge to be ready to enrol in our RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Course in the future. Above & Beyond Boating are an internationally accredited training centre and our courses are recognised globally.

Course Topics

"What will I learn?"

The basics of essential navigation and seamanship training, including the use of charts & almanacs

Harbour entry, passage planning, and departure pilotage techniques

Tidal awareness and how to recognise buoyage on charts and on the water

Collision regulations and rules of the road

Weather forecast sources and information including local apps and websites

Essential inshore safety equipment to carry and how it should be used

Supporting Materials

"What's included in the course?"

Navigation training materials sent via express post in Australia and registered airmail for international addresses.*

RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course Notes so that you can keep your notes handy whenever you are on the water.

RYA Training Charts & Training Almanac so that you can gain practical experience in managing navigation and planning for tides in a huge range of simulated harbours. These training resources are based on some of the world's most intricate passage planning puzzles.

Navigation tools: course plotter, dividers, 2B pencil & eraser so that you have everything you need to plan you next adventure and use the skills you learn in this course.

Personal online course user account so you can fit your studies in around your life and return to your completed lessons as often as you like. We make it easy to start learning the day you enrol.

*You do not need to wait for the supporting materials to arrive before starting the course.

Previous Experience

No previous navigation experience nor special skills and knowledge are required before taking this course since this is an introduction to inshore navigation and safety.

Course Duration

The navigation training course takes around 8 hours in total to complete, but it is structured so you can take it at your own pace.

Personal Device Requirements

This course has been developed by the RYA and run with a PC, Mac or tablet with internet access and pop-ups enabled. This course will not run on a smart phone.


On successful completion, you will receive the 'RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Certificate'.


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Mainstay Sailing, through its owners, directors and all its staff will deliver the highest level of training and services to its customers and associates. We will keep up to date with the latest available equipment and technology, and share the information and knowledge to improve the enjoyment and safety in sailing, cruising and in boating in general. We will do our best to make it fun and interesting and stimulate a spirit of adventure in the process. We will tailor our teaching style and methods to cater for persons of all abilities and learning styles.



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RYA Training (internationally recognised)

Whether you have never been on a yacht, or you just want to learn a bit more, we offer professionally run courses which will give you internationally recognised qualifications.

If you are planning to charter locally or internationally, we can offer courses which will give you the knowledge and ability to make it safe and enjoyable, as well as the certificate to present to the charter company.

Our practical courses are run on “Mohawk” a Bennetau 40.7, which is ideal for training in a safe and comfortable environment. Our training ground is the Whitsunday region in Queensland. All courses are run from our base at Coral Sea Marina in Airlie Beach.

Your instructors are RYA qualified and will ensure your learning experience is fun, and exciting. We adapt the courses to suit all learning styles and personal preferences. The accommodation and food will set the ideal learning environment to ensure that you have a fantastic week with us.

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