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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. 

Level 4 is for a more experienced young dinghy sailor who has already completed Stage 3. We also recommended that extra sailing days have been completed as well as RYA levels.

At this level you will be sailing around on your own or with one other student in one of our more advanced dinghies, such as the Hartley 10 or 12.



Gaining this certificate means that you have the skills to sail a double-handed boat as crew or helm, and solve a variety of problems afloat. Passing this course is the natural entry point for the advanced courses.


Courses are conducted from our innovative dinghy pontoon in the river. Students are transported to the pontoon in one of the safety boats. East Anglian Sea School dinghy courses safely enable young dinghy 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.



5 Mornings or Afternoon Course

This course takes place over five mornings or afternoon (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.

23 October '17Places


1 Day Practice Sailing Day

These one day practice sail sessions are for those who have already gain 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 still having an instructor on hand for if you 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 4 - 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

Advanced Dinghy Sailing Courses


Stage 4 Syllabus


Rigging and


Can rig, launch and recover in any wind direction. Can set up a boat according to weather conditions using sail and rig controls e.g. mast rake, reefing.


Knows the uses of and can tie: figure of eight, round turn and two half hitches, reef knot, bowline, clove hitch, rolling hitch, sheet bend.

Sailing techniques

and manoeuvres

Can demonstrate: sailing techniques and manoeuvres from stage 3 in a crewed boat. Communicate effectively as helm and crew. Effective use of the five essentials by helm and crew afloat including use of tell-tales. Recovering man overboard. Returning to a beach, jetty or mooring safely in any wind direction.

Sailing Background

Has knowledge of IRPCS. Beaufort Scale. Synoptic charts. Tidal ebb and flow. Spring and neap tides. Knows how to recover from total inversion.


Can apply practical sailing techniques and manoeuvres on tidal waters.

Can apply the IRPCS afloat. Has basic knowledge of IALA buoyage, how to use tide tables and how to find the direction of tidal streams.




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