RYA Essential Navigation

A great navigation and safety awareness course for new or inexperienced skippers and crew.


Caribbean RYA Essential Navigation | Bluewater Sailing | GrenadaThe RYA Essential Navigation course is suitable for recreational boaters who would like to refresh their skills. It is also a good basic introduction if you are interested in deep sea fishing or scuba diving.


You will receive a course pack which includes a chart, plotter, dividers, course handbook, exercises and an electronic chart plotter CD. The RYA Essential Navigation course is highly informative and our RYA Instructors will give you plenty of opportunities to put your new knowledge into practice.


From passage planning to engine checks and anchoring – all of the basic sailing skills are covered on this super introductory course.



Caribbean RYA Essential Navigation | Bluewater Sailing | GrenadaComplementary RYA Courses


Put your theory into action! The RYA Essential Navigation course is designed to complement the RYA Start Yachting or RYA Competent Crew practical sailing course. Together they aim to introduce beginners to the basic skills and knowledge that are used on board sailing yachts. It is a good idea to have them if you are thinking of going on a crewed charter yacht holiday.


How long is the RYA Essential Navigation course?


Students have two options with Bluewater Sailing:

  1. The course is taught in person 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. Please contact us if you have any questions about combining theoretical and practical sailing courses. Cost: GBP 280 per person.
  2. Sign up to our online course and study in the comfort of your own home. Please watch the video below for more information. Cost: GBP 110 per person.



RYA Essential Navigation Course Topics:

  • Charts and Publications
  • Safety
  • Engine checks
  • Buoyage
  • Tidal awareness
  • Visual and electronic navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Rules of the road
  • Anchoring
  • Weather forecasts
  • Passage planning


Book today to begin your exciting adventure into the world of sailing!


RYA Resources:

Buy RYA An Introduction to Navigation at the RYA Shop

Buy RYA An Introduction to Navigation at the RYA Shop