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Navigation Courses

We are recognised to teach the following courses-

Essential Navigation and Seamanship


This course is usually delivered Online


Length- 2 Days

Cost- £180  Price includes all necessary publications.

Max Instructor Ratio- 1:6


This course offers a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew, and those wanting to refresh their skills. In fact it's for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving, and works well in complementing RYA on-the-water training, such as the Powerboat Level 2, Start Yachting and Helmsman courses.

It's a highly informative course with lots of opportunities for you to put your new found knowledge into practice. If you decide to take the course online, you will find many interactive exercises to help reinforce the information and lots of chances to try out what you've learned.


Course topics include:

  • Charts and Publications 

  • Safety 

  • Engine checks 

  • Buoyage 

  • Tidal awareness

  • Visual and electronic navigation 

  • Pilotage

  • Rules of the road

  • Anchoring

  • Weather forecasts

  • Passage planning


You will receive a course pack which includes a chart, plotter, dividers, course handbook, exercises and an electronic chart plotter CD. In the classroom, the course is taught over 16 hours (2 Days) with exercises to complete along the way.


Day Skipper Theory

Length- 5 Days

Cost- £360  Price includes all necessary publications and free plotting instruments!

Max Instructor Ratio- 1:6


A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers. This course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising. The course is taught over 40 hours with two exam papers.


Course topics include:

  • The basics of seamanship

  • The essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage

  • Chartwork

  • Electronic charts

  • Position fixing

  • Plotting a course to steer

  • Weather forecasting and meteorology

  • Tides

  • Collision regulations

  • Construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat

  • Emergency and safety procedures including distress calls,use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts.


This can be taken as a 5 day course, or over 3 weekends. We can also offer Evening Classes on occasions.


Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory

Length- 6 Days or 3 Weekends

Cost- £440

Max Instructor Ratio- 1:6   

Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages.


This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Yachtmaster™ Coastal and Yachtmaster™ Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

As with the Day Skipper shorebased course, the RYA’s specially designed chart plotter software will be used during the course to give you a realistic taste of modern electronic navigation.


The course is taught over 40 hours with three exam papers. It allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques. 


Course topics include:

  • Position fixing

  • Course shaping and plotting

  • Tidal knowledge

  • Use of almanacs and admiralty publications

  • Electronic position finding equipment

  • Taking and interpreting forecasts

  • Plotting weather systems

  • Weather predictions using a barometer and by observation

  • Collision regulations

  • Customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad


This can be taken as a 6 day course, or over 3 weekends. 


We can also arrange for one-to-one tuition on certain courses. Contact us for prices and availability.

Why Choose Us?



We want you to have a great time and great fun learning with us. It needs to be professional, appropriate, worthwhile and fun for you and we work hard to provide this. 


We only use a small group of skilled instructors that know their stuff, and want you to enjoy your course.


We aim to provide really good quality, modern training kit- including our training boats!


We have a great training area. Surrounded by beautiful views, in a sheltered harbour on the renowned East Coast. The best of both worlds- shelter in one direction, and open water the other. It has all the facilities for a great course.  

All courses advertised on this page are run by us- Essex Marine Training Ltd, from our base in Brightlingsea, Essex (unless you have specifically arranged tuition with us for another location). Depending on demand, sometimes we run shorebased classes in Walton- but you will receive full details if this is the case. 

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