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RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Theory Syllabus

The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship theory 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.

This course is ideal for those operating smaller craft close to shore.

Sailing Theory Syllabus

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


  • Lateral buoys
  • Cardinal buoys
  • Where to find information


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


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


  • Where to anchor
  • How to anchor


  • Tidal streams
  • Tidal heights

Electronic navigation

  • GPS terms
  • GPS use
  • Using waypoints

Rules of the road

  • Risk of collision
  • Who gives way

Weather forecasts

  • Sources of forecast
  • Terms used in forecasts


  • Harbour information
  • Transits
  • Pilotage plan

Passage planning

  • SOLAS V requirements
  • Pre planning
  • Chart choice

Get in touch

Office hours

Mo - Fr 9.30 - 16.30
Sa 10.00 - 14.00

Out of office contact

Mobile 0034 628 478 400


Edifico Antiguo Varadero
Bloque D No 15 - 2nd Planta
35571 Puerto Calero Marina
Lanzarote - Canary Islands


Email stephanie@endeavour-sailing.co.uk
Phone 0034 928 849 670
Mobile 0034 628 478 400

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