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RYA Dinghy Stage 3

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

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.

Stage 3 is suitable for someone who has already completed Stage 1 & 2 and is looking for the next step
to give them the confidence to sail on their own. This course will assume that you have taken part in additional sailing to RYA Stages 1 and 2, such as the sailing days we run, as this level covers more advanced skills that require more practice.

You will mainly be sailing in one of our more advanced Hartley Dinghies such as the 10 or 12.



Having completed Stage 3 you will be able to sail in any direction, rig and launch your boat. Your skills and knowledge mean that you can regard yourself as a sailor, not a beginner.


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 skills 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. 


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. 


5 Mornings or 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 Practice Sail

These one day practice sail sessions are great for those wanting to brush up sailing skills to make the jump from Stage 2 to Stage 3 in a safe environment to enhance and improve confidence whilst still having an instructor on hand for if you should need some gentle guidance.


Next Step

RYA Stage 4


Stage 3 Syllabus



launching and


Can rig, launch and recover in an offshore wind. Can reef a dinghy ashore according to weather conditions. Can store a dinghy ashore.


Can tie a bowline, clove hitch and rolling hitch.

Sailing techniques

and manoeuvres

Can demonstrate the basic principles of: the five essentials- sail setting, balance, trim, course made good and centerboard. Sailing on all points of sailing on a triangular course. Tacking upwind. Gybing from a training run. Righting a small capsized dinghy as helm/crew. Coming alongside a moored boat. Prepare for/take up tow from a power craft. Picking a mooring.


Understands the course and starting procedure.

Sailing Background

Sailing manoeuvres

Understands how to recover a man overboard. Understands the points of sailing.


Understands how sail works - basic aerodynamics. Knows basic terminology for use afloat (windward, leeward, bear away, luff up). Understands the importance of clear communication aboard. Understands lee shore dangers and sailing in close company with other water users. Understands advice to inland sailors for coastal sailing. Knows the importance of personal safety and telling someone ashore. Understands the dangers of hypothermia and the importance of first aid training.

Rules of the road

Knows the basic rules of the road - Port/Starboard, windward boat and overtaking boat.


Knows how to obtain a weather forecast. Understands Beaufort Wind Scale. Knows when to reef.

Clothing and equipment

Understands the importance of personal safety equipment. Boat buoyancy. Basic safety equipment e.g. anchor, paddle, bailer.






East Anglian Sea School Ltd.
Tel: 01473 659992    Email: sales@eastanglianseaschool.com