Sea School – Frequently Asked Questions

What do the fees include?

Your fees include tuition, RYA certification & log book where required, vessel charter contribution, marina fees and all food, tea, coffee etc taken aboard.

Is there parking available for the duration of the course?

Yes, parking is available at Ipswich Haven Marina. We will supply you with a permit which you must print and complete to display in your windscreen.

Do I need to buy any books or course notes?

There is a set of course notes published by the RYA which you may find helpful, these are widely available or you can purchase a set from us or from the Instructor at the commencement of your course for between £11-12.50 depending on the course you are on.

When do courses commence?

We like to invite students to meet at Ipswich Marina between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on the evening before the course commences for a pre-course briefing and followed by supper at a nearby restaurant. This provides an ideal ice breaker and ensures a prompt start at 8.30am the next day.

Where does the course start and finish?

You will start from and finish at Ipswich Haven Marina.

What should I pack?

Please bring personal effects in soft collapsible bags, toiletries, bath towel and changes of clothing for the duration of your time aboard. We recommend bringing enough clothing in case anything gets very wet.

We advise you pack items suitable for layering to give a flexible approach to ensure you can dress according to the conditions both ashore or out on the water – remember even if you are sailing in the Summer it can still be cold especially during your night sail.

Upper body – Base layers, mid layer (eg t-shirts, polo shirts or long sleeved shirts) and mid weight fleeces or jumpers.

Lower body – Base layer (leggings), cotton chinos, hiking trousers, jeans or leggings plus shorts (in the Summer)

Shoes – pair of non-marking shoes such as deck shoes or trainers and/or waterproof boots.

Accessories – A warm hat, scarf (or snood) and gloves are advised for cold weather (& night sailing) plus a sun hat or baseball cap.

You should also bring suitable wet weather gear (you can hire from us if you prefer)

Towels & sleeping bags
Hand towels will be provided. You will require a pillow and sleeping bag, if you do not own one you can hire a sleeping bag from us. All have cotton liners which are cleaned after each use

Other items
Toiletries (in separate bag for carrying to shower blocks), medication, sunscreen, sunglasses, earplugs, flip-flops or other slip-on shoes for wearing to the shower blocks, phone & phone charger

Can I bring a suitcase?

No, due to limited space we recommend using a soft collapsible bag.

What items do you provide?

Life jackets and safety lines are supplied. Wet weather gear and sleeping bags can both be hired for a small fee.

What food & drink will be available?

Tea, coffee, water, biscuits and snacks are provided throughout your course. Food is supplied for breakfast, lunch and dinners and the crew normally work together or take it in turns to prepare meals. We can cater for dietary requirements but please ensure you make us aware of these when you book.
Generally students like to eat ashore on one or two nights of the courses and this is not included so you will need to have some cash with you.

Will I get sea sick?

We recommend you bring some sea sickness medication, even if you don’t think you’ll be affected. Some course participants also find the seasickness wrist bands helpful as well as ginger biscuits!

Where do you stay overnight?

Overnight we will usually moor in a marina but occasionally we may choose to anchor or moor on a mooring buoy.

Will I have to share a cabin?

You will sleep on the boat either in a shared cabin or the saloon together with one of the other course participants.

Can I use my phone?

Mobile reception is usually available when we are sailing in sight of land.

The boat has the UK 3-pin 240v AC power outlets, which can be used when are connected to shore power as well as 12-volt sockets (you will need your own adaptor).

You may wish to bring a power bank if you are concerned your battery will not last if we do not return to a marina every day.

Are there toilets aboard?

Yes – we call these ‘the heads’ and there are two. You will be taught how to use them in the safety briefing.

Can I have a shower?

Yes, of course! All marinas have single sex shower blocks which can be accessed via a key code.

Is there a hairdryer?

Most marinas have hairdryers in their shower blocks but these can very in their quality/effectiveness!