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How to study navigation and seamanship online.

Want to study Navigation and Seamanship?


Would you like to gain a qualification?
Do you want to understand how navigation works?


Learning online makes it possible.

  • It’s only a few hours per week to advance your skills?

  • You do it in your own time

  • You can do it at home – no traveling or commitment to evening classes.

  • Start with RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship £95.00

  • Right up to RYA Yacht Master Ocean Theory £315.00

  • Assistance is available to answer anything you may struggle  with.


You set the time frame, you decide when you are free, and you decide how long each session will be.

You do have to have an element of self motivation and determination, but the online courses are interactive and fun. An instructor is never far away, by email or phone, to help you if you are struggling with any element, and there is a wealth of material provided with the Learning Packs sent to you. In fact, more than likely, we will not hear from you again until you have actually passed the exam and wish to join one of our RYA Practical Courses. 

Theory courses are not obligatory in order to pass any of the practical exams, but we do find that without the theory, some students struggle to complete the practical in the time given, or block the learning of others. The practical exams are fun, and challenging, and if you have done your homework, they are incredibly enjoyable. 

The beauty of an online course, is that you are in control. No need to juggle home and work, or arrange childcare, in order to get to evening school. No need to spend some of your precious holiday time stuck in a classroom. Instructors are on hand should you need any element of the course explaining, and will give you feedback on your submitted answers.


Beginners Level,

RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship £95.00

The Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course is an inspiring online course for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving - or pretty much anything else on the water! This course will give you the essential knowledge needed when you’re afloat, from navigation to safety and seamanship to passage planning.

  • Suitable for all - new crews through to budding skippers
  • Safety Essentials - all the essential knowledge for going afloat
  • Simplicity - easy to use, interactive and full of great graphics
  • Supporting your knowledge - an ideal accompaniment to your practical course
  • Complements other courses - a great starting point before more advanced courses
  • Real skills - use real skills alongside online technology
  • Best advice - written by top RYA instructors, created by award winning designers
  • Learn it, try it, test it - practice what you’ve learnt before taking the test
  • Link to RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course full details.


Intermediary Level 1

RYA Day Skipper Theory £315.00

The first big step in understanding how to navigate.

  • Charts will take on meaning
  • How to set a course to steer
  • How to know where you are with and without GPS
  • Buoys will make sense
  • Avoiding collisions will be explained
  • Safety and weather are given due emphasis
  • A guide to using GPS and Chart Plotters
  • Many other aspects all add to your knowledge
  • You will have all the fundamentals to build on for higher courses.
  • Link to RYA Day Skipper Theory Online Course full details
  • This course is provided by distance learning experts Navathome (terms and conditions)

Click HERE for a free trial of the RYA Day Skipper Theory Course


Intermediary Level 2

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Theory Online Theory Course £315.00

You need to have Day Skipper Theory before undertaking this course.

RYA Yacht Master Coastal Theory Online Course is a brilliant online course for anyone interested in developing there navigation skills to a high level. This course will give you comprehensive knowledge needed when you’re afloat, for navigation, safety and passage planning.


Advanced Level

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Theory Online Course £315.00

You need to have Day Skipper Theory at least before undertaking this course.


Required for Commercial Licences in the UK

RYA Professional Practise and Responsibilities £39.00

The RYA Day Skipper, Coastal/Offshore and Ocean Theory courses from Classic Sailing are delivered by Navathome, a RYA Recognised Training Centre specialising in online training.

NB: There is an initial course access period of 6 months, after which time a course extension fee of £30 will be required. The course access period is activated when you make payment.


Postage for RYA Day Skipper, Coastal and Yachtmaster Theory Courses

Addresses outside Europe: If your forwarding address for the start up pack is outside Europe we need to use a courier service to ensure delivery. The pack is quite bulky so there is an additional postal charge of £30 for addresses in the USA and Canada and £40 for the rest of the world.  We will be adding outside Europe postal charges to our on line payment shortly but in the interim please ring us on 0044 (0)1872 580022 with your delivery address and we'll sort out the payment.

Choose your RYA Online Theory Course 

Who will do the Course?
Their email is required.

Once we have received notification of your payment we will send you confirmation and an RYA learning pack will be sent out you the next working day. In the Uk you should receive your pack within a couple of days of sending, for Canada and America it can take one week or more. For Europe it generally takes three or four days.

You will receive a unique Student Login address and password, and you are then set to get learning. Your access lasts for 6 months.

The online program will take you through a series of exercises and has demonstrations and solutions to each exercise.

During the online course you will cover everything you need to gain top marks in your assessment.

Please let us know if you need any further information.

NB: When you buy the following theory courses from Classic Sailing - Day Skipper, Yachtmaster Coastal, Yachtmaster Offshore or Yachtmaster Ocean, you are booking your course through Navathome, which is an independant organisation which specialises in long distance learning courses and offers tutor support for your course.Terms and Conditions



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