Online course



This course comes with a £30 voucher* to redeem against our Competent Crew practical course or Day Skipper theory course.

* Your voucher will be emailed as soon as you complete your Essential Navigation Course. Contact Us for more details

Available on back-order

The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship online course 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 the RYA on-the-water training, such as the Powerboat Level 2 or Competent Crew courses. The course should take between 6 and 10 hours to complete and will provide you with a great background into remaining safe on the water. It’s a highly informative course with many opportunities to put your newfound knowledge into practice.

How long is the course?

The course will take around six hours, but the beauty is that you can work through it at your speed, whenever and wherever you like. You’ll have one year from the activation of your account to complete the course.

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, and very educational. Well done.”

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  1. CB

    Hi Marcus,
    Just a couple of suggestions:

    1. On the 1st day you may want to ask “what do want to get out of the weekend?” I was very happy as the last two years I had been on the bow so I thoroughly enjoyed being on the main sheet.

    2. Lots of skippers have slightly different terms when going about and counting down to the maneuver. I thought it worked better when you started to count down 3,2,1 after saying going about.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. You were well organised and it made a great change to have a good skipper that knew how to race very well and knew his boat extremely well.

    It was also good to stay in Cowes for Saturday evening and have a leisurely sail back on the Sunday, instead of heading home on Saturday.

    I will definitely book again.

    Thanks for a great weekend.


  2. EJ

    Fantastic weekend on the water for the Isle of Wight Round the Island Race. Marcus is a highly experienced racing skipper; s/v Polka is superbly maintained & prepared, with high quality sails & equipment all in excellent condition. The Solent co-operated with 20-30kn of wind, all adding to a memorable weekend, with Marcus guiding the team safely across the finish line.

  3. NH

    Nicely run course, delivered in a relaxed and helpful way

  4. S

    VHF online course was comprehensive and easy to follow. Marcus was extremely helpful in answering my queries before the exam. On the day of the exam I was accompanied by my daughter who i expected would wait outside whilst I completed the test. Instead Marcus involved her and allowed her to follow the script during the practical radio examples – she was delighted to be involved and to push the big red button! Thank you Marcus. I would highly recommend Polka Sailing for the VHF or day skipper theory course. Marcus is an engaging instructor who brings the syllabus to life with practical examples.

  5. S

    Thank is my third course with Marcus. He always managed to strike the right balance of making it fun whilst we learn and understand the serious points. He was the same for the assessment so my nervous was dispelled and I really enjoyed it.