Essential Navigation & Seamanship course 

This course is available in the classroom and online.

However you decide to take the course, it 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, Start Yachting and Helmsman courses.

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 chart, plotter, 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.

Online the course will take around six hours, but the beauty of it is that you can work through it at your own speed, whenever and wherever you like.

How to take the course

Both the classroom course and the online course are available through our training centres. Contact a training centre or visit their website to find more details.

Feedback from course students

“Very useful and informative.  I have the practical experience but learning the theory has increased my confidence.”

“Great course, extremely well presented.”

“An absolutely fantastic course and so glad that I took it - I feel a lot more confident and will be safer.”

“Really enjoyed it. Great videos, great interaction, very educational. Well done.” 

 

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Article Published: May 19, 2009 13:36

Article Updated: May 26, 2016 12:31

 

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