RYA Training Chart Plotter

The RYA training plotter is for students on our shorebased navigation courses. It gives an introduction to the use of electronic chart plotters and practice opportunities for using different charts, creating routes etc.

Access to the Training Chart Plotter is provided to students on the following RYA shorebased courses: Essential Navigation and Seamanship, Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore. The plotter is available for installation on PCs and Macs.

How to...

Install the plotter on your PC

Go to the RYA Plotter Download page and select 'Download for Windows'. You will then be guided through installing the 'RYASetup' file. When asked whether you want to allow this programme or app to make changes to your computer, select 'Yes'. When the install wizard has finished, you should see the RYA Training Chart Plotter on your desktop. Double click to open and activate it and set your password.


You should now automatically remain logged in to the plotter on that computer.

Install the plotter on your Mac

Go to the RYA Plotter Download page and select 'Download for MacOS'.

'RYA_3_1_342.dmg' should then be downloaded to your Downloads folder (or wherever your Mac usually downloads files to). Find that .dmg file and double click to open it. This will open a new window containing the chart plotter, the icon for which is the RYA logo.  

Drag the training plotter app (RYA logo) from the window into your Applications folder. Go to your Applications folder in 'Finder' and locate the training plotter app (RYA logo). The first time you open it, hold down the 'ctrl' button and click once on the logo, then select 'open'. If you are asked to confirm opening the app, select 'open' again. The first time the app opens it may take quite some time. When it has been opened once it can then subsequently be opened from Launch Pad, the Dock or the Applications folder in the usual way.

Full instructions for installing on your Mac

The core functionality of the plotter is the same for Macs and PCs with the following exceptions:
Known issues for Mac users

Why do you need to use Control-click when opening for the first time?

You need to do this in order to stop your computer blocking the installation. Further information from Apple Support:

Information for Mac OS 10.14 Mojave

Information for Mac OS 10.13 High Sierra and 10.12 Sierra

Information for Mac OS 10.11 El Capital and 10.10 Yosemite

Activate your plotter

You will need to be online at the time of activating the plotter.

When you open the plotter for the first time you should see a 'Welcome' panel. To activate the plotter enter your email address, choose a password and enter the activation code that you received in your course pack. The code will either be on a A5 card or on the cover of the pack itself.

Activation is only required on first use of the plotter and you should automatically remain logged in to the plotter on that computer.

Reset your password

If you continue to use the plotter on the same device, you should automatically remain logged in and will not need your password each time you use the plotter.

If you install the plotter onto a new device you will need to log in on your first visit using the email address and password that you set when you installed it on the first device. If you can't remember your password, simply enter the email address that you would have used and select the Forgotten Password link.

Use your plotter on multiple computers

Once you have activated your plotter on one device you can install it on up to 4 other computers. Simply follow the instructions for installing the plotter and then sign in using the email address and password that you used when you first activated the plotter. You do not need to enter the activation code again.


Help and tutorials

Watch a range of video tutorials

Read the help notes


Once you have watched the tutorial on using overlays, you will be ready to import the overlays below. The first overlay below is a demonstration which you can use to get used to the process, followed by two overlays for the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster course.

How to import an overlay file into your RYA training chart plotter:

  1. Download and save the required file below. Remember where you have saved this folder and what you have called it.
  2. Open the RYA Training Chart Plotter and open the overlay window by going to the Show menu and clicking 'Overlays' (see help videos above).
  3. Right click on the Overlays folder where you want the file to be imported.
  4. Click 'Import here' and then navigate to the file you saved in step 1.
  5. Select the file and click open or import, depending on your system.

You should now see the imported folder within your plotter.

Within the demo overlay there is a demo route (labelled '1-Simple Demo Route around Strong Holme Island') and four sub-folders with pre-prepared chart work (labelled with sequential numbers). These match the 5 simulation files for the route monitor available to download below.

Demo overlay

Northern Hemisphere Route: Beaker Bay to Victoria

Southern Hemisphere Route: Beaker Bay to Victoria


Once you have watched the tutorial on Using the Route Monitor, you will be ready to download the following simulations:

Simple route around Strongholm

Course to steer - 5 knots

Steer to waypoint not allowing for tide

Course to steer - composite steering direct to waypoint

Course to steer - 6 knots

Simulation files for Question 3a, b and c of the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Shorebased Exercises are not available. Instead, please use the following videos to complete the questions:

Video for Question 3a

Video for Question 3b

Video for Question 3c


If you are an RYA Instructor qualified to teach the RYA navigation courses, you can access further resources here.