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Welcome to Emsworth School of Navigation

Emsworth School of Navigation is an RYA and MCA approved training centre specialising in shore based theory courses including RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship, RYA Day Skipper Theory, RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory, RYA VHF/SRC Radio Course, RYA First Aid Course and RYA Diesel Engine Course in addition to MCA Approved Engine Course and Introduction to Boat Electrics.

The centre is run by Karen Dorontic who is a commercially endorsed yachtmaster and instructor.  She has been sailing for over twenty five years and has a wide variety of experience including an Atlantic Crossing, yacht deliveries in the Mediterranean and cruising in her own boat along the South Coast. Her aim is to deliver enjoyable well structured courses in a relaxed and friendly environment in order for students to leave confident and looking forward to putting their new skills into practice. Instruction is given using up to date teaching aids and computers in our modern classroom. Class sizes for all of our courses are small to ensure that everyone gets the attention they require and to leave plenty of time for open discussion of key areas both on and off the syllabus. 

We are based at Emsworth Yacht Harbour in the picturesque Hampshire village of Emsworth which is located in Chichester Harbour, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The village is well supplied with accommodation, pubs and restaurants.

RYA Yachtmaster Course in progressComments from our students

‘"Both courses were fantastically run. Very engaging and taken at the perfect pace. Tea and coffee with a plentiful supply of biscuits added to what was already guaranteed to be a great few days! A highly recommended school for anyone to go to."

Ben Dukoff-Gordon - RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory & VHF Radio Course

Karen came to Hillingdon to run the VHF Radio Course ‘in-house’ which is a brilliant service. It was professionally run, in a friendly atmosphere, with good visual aids and equipment. Our group was small which creates a great learning situation and it was a productive and enjoyable day. We will definitely be using Emsworth School of Navigation for future courses for our staff.’

Jeff Creak from Hillingdon Activity Centre

NEW in 2014 - Online VHF SRC Operators Course

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Course Availability August - October 2014
(To view later dates and prices please click here)
Sunday 10th August 2014
Saturday 6th September 2014
Friday 26th September 2014
Saturday 4th October 2014
Friday 24th October 2014
Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th September 2014
Monday 4th - Friday 8th August 2014
Friday 10th - Sunday 12th and Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th October 2014
Monday 13th - Friday 17th October 2014
Monday 29th September - Friday 3rd October 2014
Monday 27th - Friday 31st October 2014
Monday 20th - Friday 24th October 2014
Saturday 9th August 2014
Sunday 7th September 2014
Thursday 25th September 2014
Friday 10th October 2014
Sunday 3rd August 2014
Friday 5th September 2014
Saturday 27th September 2014
Sunday 5th October 2014
Monday 27th October 2014
Monday 4th - Thursday 7th August 2014
Monday 8th - Thursday 11th September 2014
Monday 6th - Thursday 9th October 2014
Sunday 19th October 2014
Saturday 18th October 2014


To view a full list of 2013 and 2014 dates and prices please

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If you do not see suitable dates please contact us as we may be able to put on additional courses

To book on a course please click here for the online booking form or to discuss your requirements you can contact us seven days a week from 8.00a.m to 7.30pm on 01243 432485 or 07702 842190