Our range of theory and specialist courses cover everything from navigation and seamanship to first aid at sea, marine radio, basic survival techniques and more.

As well as improving knowledge, many of our courses meet regulatory requirements and are pre-requisites for higher qualifications such as the RYA Yachtmaster Certificates of Competence, commercial endorsements and RYA instructor training. Find out more about our shorebased courses below.


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Navigation courses

However you prefer to get out on the water, our navigation and seamanship theory courses will provide you with the knowledge to do it safely and with confidence. With various flexible options for classroom, distance and online learning, you’ll have no problem finding a format that works for you.

Essential Navigation and Seamanship

A basic introduction to navigation for new skippers, crew or anyone interested in getting out on the water.

Day Skipper Theory

A more comprehensive course recommended for inexperienced skippers and anyone thinking of doing the Day Skipper practical course.

Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Theory

Take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore practical exams.

Yachtmaster Ocean Theory

Unravel the mysteries of astro navigation, using a sextant, ocean passage planning, worldwide meteorology and electronic navigation aids.

Specialist short courses

Expand your knowledge and skills in specialist areas with one of our short courses. Usually one-day or a number of shorter sessions, they are perfect as a stand alone course or to complement your practical training on the water. 

Marine Radio (SRC)

Get qualified to use a handheld or fixed marine VHF radio with our course and exam.

First Aid

Develop your knowledge of first aid, but from a boating perspective.

Diesel Engine

A beginner's course to help you prevent and solve diesel engine failure.


Gain an understanding of how to use radar as an aid to navigation and collision avoidance.

Basic Sea Survival

A genuine lifesaver. An introduction to basic survival techniques and safety equipment.

Offshore Personal Survival

This RYA/World Sailing course is aimed at recreational and racing skippers and crews who encounter rough weather and problems at sea.

Online courses

Our online courses open up a world of possibility. Simple to access and easy to use, all you need is access to the internet. Learn at your own pace, anytime, anywhere.


Marine Radio (SRC)

Prepare for your exam by taking the SRC course online.

Navigation courses

All of our navigation courses have options for online and distance learning. Find out more above.

The CEVNI test

A test of the rules and regulations of the inland waterways of Europe, essential for applying for an inland ICC.

Professional Practices and Responsibilities

A compulsory online course for RYA Commercial Endorsement holders providing essential knowledge for those working on the water.

Safe and Fun

A safeguarding course for RYA instructors, volunteers and anyone working with children and vulnerable adults in an RYA environment.

RYA eLearning - something for everyone

Find out more about our most popular online courses and hear from those who have already given it a go.

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RYA Navigation Handbook cover with images of compass and charts

With more than 100 different titles to choose from, there’s an RYA book, eBook or audiobook for every age, interest and ability. Visit our webshop for course books and a range of supporting titles.

Once you've developed your theory knowledge, the next logical step is to attend an RYA practical course to put your new skills into practice.