RYA Navigation and Theory Courses


Navigation is a vital skill for all water users. Starting with the basics of chart and map use, tidal planning, and pilotage, our courses will allow you to get to grips with the detail, with plenty of practical exercises and hands-on planning.

Please have a look at the course details below for more information and available dates. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on 0131 319 1820 or email bookings@portedgarwatersports.com.

All our courses are delivered by our partner company Edinburgh Marine Academy.

To make a booking directly with Edinburgh Marine Academy CLICK HERE  Please note that this will take you to the Edinburgh Marine Academy website.

[toggle title=”RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″]This course can be available as a 2-day classroom course, or a 6-hour online course.

A perfect introduction to navigation and safety awareness, this course is ideal for powerboat skippers, dinghy cruisers, sea anglers, divers, or anyone wanting an introduction to navigation before progressing on to one of the more advanced navigation courses.

We will provide you with the course pack which includes a chart, plotter, dividers, course handbook (this is electronic for the Online course), exercises and an electronic chart plotter CD.

The online course will take around six hours, but the beauty of it is that you can work through it at your own speed, whenever and wherever you like. Once you have signed up we aim to send you log in details and links within 2 working days.

Cost: £99 online


[toggle title=”RYA Day Skipper Theory” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″]This course is available as 6 days over 3 alternate weekends, or as a set of 16 evening sessions.

A comprehensive introduction to cruising, this course is ideal for inexperienced skippers that require the knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. The course will also cover a basic introduction to night cruising and safety and seamanship, so that you will have a good understanding of the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea.

Also included in the course price you will receive an RYA course pack, including; charts, an exercise book and the course notes.

2020 Dates:
Weekends: 18-19 January, 1-2 February, 15-16 February and   29 February -1 March, 14-15 March, 28-29 March
Week long course: 20 January – 25 January, 14-19 September

Cost: £375


[toggle title=”RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″]This course is available as 8 days over alternate weekends.

An advanced navigation course, it’s aimed at those who have already successfully completed the Day Skipper course or are of equivalent standard. The course will give students the skills required to successfully navigate a vessel on coastal or offshore passages by day and night.

The syllabus is designed to take your theory knowledge to the standard required for sitting the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills. Included in the course fee is your RYA course pack, including; charts, an exercise book and the course notes.

2020 Dates:
Evenings:  tbc
25-26 January, 8-9 February, 22-23 February, 7 March

Cost: £549


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A one-day course giving you an understanding of radar as an aid to navigation and collision avoidance.
Boats are increasingly carrying radar. The International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea state that if you have a radar, you must know how to use it.
Radar is probably the most versatile of all electronic navigation aids, but the best results are only obtained when you know how to use all the functions correctly. It is not an all seeing eye, and can easily mislead those who do not understand its controls, allow for its limitations, or interpret its picture.
Course topics include:
how the radar set works
how its adjustments and features affect the way it works
target definition
radar reflectors

2020 Dates: 18 April, 20 June, 15 August, 17 October
Cost: £129


[toggles] [toggle title=”BC Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] This course runs as a 1-day or modular evening shore-based course, or a 2-day mix of shore-based and practical

Pre-requisites: None for the 1-day and evening courses. For the 2-day course you should have enough kayaking experience to undertake a simple day trip in light winds and small seas.

This course will cover key aspects of sea kayak theory. We will look at how to plan for tides, weather and sea conditions, including how to make the best use of available sources of information. We will also cover navigation by both map and chart, looking at a range of practical strategies. There will plenty of opportunities to get hands on with planning in both the shore-based and practical courses. By the end of the course you should have a good understanding of what you need to think about before setting out to sea.

During the 2-day course, we will mix theory and practise; depending on the weather conditions we will either spend the first day in the classroom and the second on the water, or spend half a day on land and half on water on each day.

During the evening course we will also look at aspects of safety such as what equipment to carry.

The course covers the content of the BC Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning award, and participants on the 1- and 2-day courses will receive the associated certificate. The evening course does not include the certificate fee but this can be added at a cost of £5 for SCA members and £10 for non-members. Full details of the syllabus can be found here. Although the CNTP serves as a pre-requisite for the BC 4* Sea Kayak Leader award, it is suitable for kayakers of all levels.

2020 Dates: tbc

1-day course: £85
2-day course: £165
Evening course: £100

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