Essential Navigation & Seamanship - Shorebased


An introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new, inexperienced or rusty skippers and crew.


This course is for anyone new to sailing, motor boating including RIBs and other small powerboats, sea angling and diving as well as experienced dinghy and keelboat sailors and inshore racers.


Course topics include

  • charts and publications
  • safety
  • engine checks
  • buoyage
  • tidal awareness
  • visual electronic navigation
  • pilotage
  • rules of the road
  • anchoring
  • weather forecasts
  • passage planning

This course is the perfect introduction or refresher for anyone going afloat on inshore waters, and a stepping stone to the more in-depth Day Skippers Shorebased course.  It also complements our on-the-water training such as the Intermediate Powerboat, Start Yachting, Helmsman or Day Skipper courses.


You will receive a course pack which includes a chart, plotter, course handbook, exercises and electronic chart plotter CD.


This is a highly practical course with lots of opportunities for you to put your new found knowledge into practice using the exercises provided.


The course is taught over 16 hours with exercises to complete along the way.  It ca be covered as a series of short sessions or over 2 to 3 days.