Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course Syllabus | RYA Training Courses

Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course Syllabus

The Essential Navigation and Seamanship course provides an introduction to the basic skills required before taking a small boat to sea or taking an active part in running a boat. 

1. Charts, publications and terms 

  • Basic terms 
  • Chart overview 
  • Introduction to chart datum and depths 

2. Buoyage 

  • Lateral buoys 
  • Cardinal buoys 
  • Where to find information 

3. Navigation 

  • Plotting a position 
  • Measuring distance and bearing 
  • Position fix 
  • Heading 

4. Safety 

  • Personal and boat safety equipment 
  • Safety procedures and briefing 
  • Communications 
  • Engine checks 
  • Rescue procedures 

5. Anchoring 

  • Where to anchor 
  • How to anchor 

6. Tides 

  • Tidal streams 
  • Tidal heights 

7. Electronic navigation 

  • GPS terms 
  • GPS use 
  • Using waypoints 

8. Rules of the road 

  • Risk of collision 
  • Who gives way 

9. Weather forecasts 

  • Sources of forecast 
  • Terms used in forecasts 

10. Pilotage 

  • Harbour information 
  • Transits 
  • Pilotage plan 

11. Passage planning 

  • SOLAS V requirements 
  • Pre planning 
  • Chart choice
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