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.


RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship 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: £115 online


RYA Day Skipper Theory

This course is available as 6 days or over 3 weekends

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.

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RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore 

This course is available as 7 days or over 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.

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RYA Radar

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


Dates and availability