RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship

Online course

OYT South is an official training centre for the RYA's interactive online Essential Navigation and Seamanship course.

This is an introductory-level course and is ideal for OYT South members and non-members who may be new to navigation, or have done a little but are rusty. It would be a really useful qualification for people looking to make the step up into volunteering with us; for young crew members who really want to stay involved with sailing and would like to build up their skills; and for those who have done several voyages and want to stretch themselves a little and understand more next time they come on board. It’s a proper qualification, it takes around six hours to complete online but you can do it in your own time as it suits you, with the support of online course tutor Brian Eyres, a former Ocean Youth Club skipper.

There's a video which will tell you more about the course here.

If you are interested in doing Essential Navigation and Seamanship with Ocean Youth Trust South, you can first get a taste of the course by clicking here.

If you then wish to do the course, from that page click on “Create a New Account” and enter your details, and then come back to this page to pay.

The cost of the course is:

OYT South Members (paid-up members but also sea staff, potential sea staff and young crew as long as anyone in these three categories sailed on a voyage last year or are booked to sail this year) - £75.00.
Non Members - £100.00.

Click on the button below to pay online using PayPal's secure service. You can either use your own PayPal account, or you can use a credit card.

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Once you have created your account and paid, we will activate your account and send you your student pack (including a plotter & dividers).

On successful course completion you will be sent your RYA Shorebased Course RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Certificate.

The site is very user friendly but if you need help or have any questions at set up or during the course please email


“I have learnt and seen loads of new things and I will remember for the rest of my life! ” Jemima, aged 12