RYA Essential navigation and seamanship (ENAS)

RYA Essential navigation and seamanship (ENAS)


Sunsail offers the RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship (ENAS) as an online course, making it easy for you to fit your learning around other commitments, all you need is an internet connection!

This ENAS online course will give you the essential knowledge needed when you’re afloat, from navigation to safety and seamanship to passage planning.

The course should take around 6 to 10 hours to complete and is for you if you are a new or inexperienced skipper or crew, whether you're a sailor, a motor boater, a diver or a fisherman. There will be something in it for everyone.

We recommend for all ENAS student to get additional reading such as the RYA ICC Handbook along with other Day Skipper theory books.

The RYA ICC Handbook can purchase this book from our base at Port Solent, or get it here from the RYA website.


Pricing: from £99pp (online)*

*pricing correct at time of update 07/10/2015

Course syllabus

1. Charts, publications and terms – Basic terms, chart overview, introduction to chart datum and depths
2. Buoyage – Lateral buoys, cardinal buoys, where to find information
3. Navigation – Plotting a position, measuring distance and bearing, position fix, heading
4. Safety – personal and boat safety equipment, safety procedure and briefing, communications, engine checks, rescue procedures
5. Anchoring – Where to anchor, how to anchor
6. Tides – tidal streams, tidal heights
7. Electronic navigation – GOS terms, GPS use, using waypoints
8. Rules of the road – Risk of collision, who gives way
9. Weather forecasts – sources of forecast, terms used in forecast
10. Pilotage – Harbour information, transits, pilotage plan
11. Passage planning – SOLAS V requirements, pre planning, chart choice

Why take this course with Sunsail?

This RYA Interactive course can be taken anytime, anywhere and at your own speed. All you need is a computer and the internet.

Course desintation

Call our team on 02392 222200 with your payment and we will email you the steps to follow.

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