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5 Mornings: Call us for a price, or submit an enquiry and we will get back to you.

5 Afternoons: Call us for a price, or submit an enquiry and we will get back to you.

2 Days: £175.00

1 Day Practice Sail: Call us for a price, or submit an enquiry and we will get back to you.


If any of the dates below are shown as full and you wish to join the course please contact the office to check availability, as depending on level of ability we may be able to take more on the course. 


Stage 2 is the next step from Stage 1, you will be building on previous skills learnt so you can confidently understand the basic principles of sailing, steering, tacking and controlling the boats speed.


Suitable for age 8-16 years.


By the end of this course, you will have a range of sailing skills and background knowledge, and be well on the way to being a confident small boat sailor.


Courses are conducted from our innovative dinghy pontoon in the river. Students are transported to the pontoon in one of the safety boats. Relatives and friends can walk along on a nice day from our offices to the river wall and view the pontoon and kids sailing opposite the marina entrance.

East Anglian Sea School dinghy courses safely enable young students to further their sailing experience by teaching them to fine-tune their sailing to account for tides. The unique location also encourages awareness of other marine traffic on the busy River Orwell whilst under the watchful eye on the instructors and safety boat. This knowledge will aid future sailing within the higher levels of the RYA scheme and progression on to larger boats and yachts.


The course can be completed over two full days or five half days. 


5 Mornings or 5 Afternoons Course

This course takes place over five mornings or afternoons (Monday to Friday) from 9:30-12:30 or 13:30-16:30 each day.



 2 Day Course

Two full days from 9:30- 16:30 with an hour for lunch, the student is expected to bring their own packed lunch.

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 1 Day Dinghy Practice Days

These one day practice sail sessions are for those who have already gained at least RYA Stage 1 and are wishing to practice their sailing skills learnt on RYA Dinghy Courses on their own and in a safe environment to enhance and improve confidence whilst stilling having an instructor on hand for if they should need some gentle guidance.

All dates can support any level of instruction and we will ensure the correct skill level and appropriate number of instructors are on hand to deliver your quality tuition.



RYA Stage 2

RYA certificates are a significant achievement. Instructors sign off each skill as you complete it. Once completed, your certificate can be of use in contributing to other areas of your study or activities, such as PE in school or the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Next Step

RYA Stage 3 - We recommend attending our 1 day practice sail sessions before moving onto S3 to help prepare for the step up to this intermediate level on the RYA Youth Dinghy Sailing Scheme.


Stage 2 Syllabus



Can put a boat head to wind for rigging. Can rig a dinghy.

Launching and Recovery

Understands how to manoeuvre a trolley clear of other boats and overhead cables. Can launch and recover a small dinghy in offshore wind.


Can tie a round turn and two half hitches and a reef knot

Sailing techniques and


Can control speed and stop by lying-to. Can get out of irons. Can go about (close reach to close reach). Can crew a boat effectively. Can sail a shallow triangle across the wind under supervision (gybing optional). understands the principles of :the five essentials, returning to a breach or pontoon (offshore wind).

Capsize recovery

Can be scooped in during capsize recovery. Can right one type of dinghy.

Sailing Background

Sailing manoeuvres

Understands the No Go Zone. Understands what is meant by windward, leeward and gybe.

Has knowledge of

Spars and rigging. Parts of sail. Sail controls and foils. Offshore and onshore winds. Telling someone ashore. The dangers of man made hazards e.g. overhead power line, weirs.

Rule of the road

Has knowledge of Port/Starboard rule.


Understands several ways of finding wind direction.

Clothing and equipment

Can choose and correctly adjust a personal buoyancy aid. Understands what to wear.

East Anglian Sea School Ltd.
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