Undertaking an online course can be a great way to build on the knowledge that you have developed on practical courses or to ensure that your knowledge is at the right level ahead of a course or an examination.


Clearly we are in unprecedented times so what better to get a boating fix and get you away from television or painting the house than enhancing your boating knowledge through some online courses.

Courses fall into three broad categories:

Newer to boating

We suggest the RYA VHF Radio course and the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship (‘EN&S’) Course. The radio course is equivalent to the one day classroom course whilst the EN&S course equates to a two day classroom course. You can then pop in when convenient to undertake the VHF Exam which will generate your actual VHF Licence.


The RYA Dayskipper Theory course is awesome and this online course is equivalent to the 5 day classroom course. It suits those who have some experience already (eg Powerboat level 2) but want to jump to the next level. Having the EN&S course is NOT necessary.


The RYA Yachtmaster Theory course takes 6 days in the classroom but you can do it online so long as you have already achieved the RYA Dayskipper Theory certificate. For those looking to work commercially the RYA Professional Practices & Responsibilities is a hugely educational course and a mandatory requirement.

We can also set you up on the inland waterways test for your International Certificate of Competence and the RYA Safe and Fun course too.

Supporting materials


All courses are web based and so can be run on any device with web access.

All courses come with supporting materials such as course packs, books etc and there is support from an instructor available throughout the course. All of these courses are really well written with great graphics and with courses such as the VHF radio course some really cool interactive features. You will learn loads!!

Our Dayskipper and Yachtmaster Theory courses are provided by the company Sailing Courses Online which is a RYA Training Centre.

Booking and chat to us

You can book the courses online on this site and we’ll get you set up so that you can log in and get going. Just click the links below to learn more about each course and to ad the courses to your ‘marina Trolley’.

If you are unsure which course best suits your needs or want to discuss the benefits of an online course versus a classroom course then just give us a call or drop us an email.

VHF Radio Course – Online

Duration: At your pace

The VHF (or Short Range Certificate) is essential for anyone with a VHF set on board their vessel.  Taking the course online is a great option for those who want to do the course in the evenings or when travelling.

Dayskipper Theory – Online

Duration: At your pace

An excellent course that really goes into detail on areas such as navigation, charts, tides, safety and all manner of other subjects to give you a really good grounding ensuring you you have the navigation skills to undertake short coastal passages.

Yachtmaster Theory – Online

Duration: At your pace

Available online this is an advanced level course in navigation, chartwork and all aspects of planning and executing longer coastal passages and channel crossings. Essential requirement for many commercial roles and instructor qualifications.

CEVNI – Online

Duration: At your pace

The CEVNI test is essential for anyone looking to use the inland waterways of Europe. Undertaking the course online is a great way to study the course and then do the test.