RYA Practical UK

We have a busy schedule of training throughout the year offering the full range of RYA yacht sailing courses on either a monohull or catamaran depending on student requirements.  Course departures are available from either Ipswich Haven Marina, Suffolk or Fambridge Yacht Haven, Essex.

We offer the full range of RYA Yacht Sailing courses on both monohull or catamaran sailing yachts from Ipswich and Fambridge.  We work alongside, ‘Premier Sailing’ to ensure we maximise the utilisation of places on each course and keep our fees competitively priced.

Our training vessels include a Bavaria 38, Beneteau Oceanis 36 and BroadBlue 38 CAT, all berthed at either Ipswich Haven Marina, on the River Orwell or Fambridge Yacht Haven on the River Crouch - both marinas have excellent facilities and are conveniently located with access to the East Coast.

When you make your enquiry please advise your vessel and date preference. To find out more about any of the RYA training courses, download the RYA Sail Cruising Leaflet (PDF)

Save £50!

Book both your online theory and 5 (or 2+3) day practical course with us in the same period and we will offer a £50 discount against the overall cost.

Taster sail

Take to the helm & learn the ropes on this 6hr sail. Ideal for keen sailors looking to spend more time on the water or for those who would like to try sailing for the first time. Lunch onboard provides hearty sustenance inbetween the action. View taster sail dates >

Course fees

RYA Start Yachting

A 2 day introduction to sailing for complete beginners. By the end of the course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board.

Course fees

RYA Competent Crew

A 5 day course ideal for beginners who want to get actively involved in sailing. You will learn about sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails, sail handling, ropework, helmsmanship and more. 

This course can be taken over 5 consecutive days or over 2 weekends (2 days + 3 days or 3 days + 2 days).

Course fees
£615 (5 consecutive days) / £630 (2 day + 3 day)

RYA International certificate of competence (ICC)

Many European countries require the skipper of a pleasure craft to be able to provide evidence of his or her competence which can be obtained by completion of a competence exam. 

Course fees
Assessment Only (4 hours): £225*
Tuition & Assessment (1 day): £375*

*prices based on 3 students

A 5 day course for more experienced individuals who already have some sailing experience and basic navigation skills. You will learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety.

This course can be taken over 5 consecutive days or over 2 weekends (2 days + 3 days or 3 days + 2 days).

Course fees
£615 (5 consecutive days) / £630 (2 day + 3 day)

RYA Day Skipper - combined theory & practical

An ideal format to move from Competent Crew to Day skipper in one course. You can experience this very focussed and demanding event with like-minded people who are time poor and often become sailing friends for life

This course is taken over 10 consecutive days.

Course fees

RYA Coastal Skipper

An advanced 5 day course for individuals who have considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation. You will learn to skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations.

This course can be taken over 5 consecutive days or over 2 weekends (2 days + 3 days or 3 days + 2 days).

Course fees
£615 (5 consecutive days) / £630 (2 day + 3 day)

Practical tidal sailing

For those who have qualified abroad in non tidal waters, we offer a 2 day conversion course around our more challenging coastline and rivers. This course meets the RYA competencies and will include the following:

  • Use of Almanac Tide Tables
  • Standard & Secondary Ports
  • Calculating Tidal Times & Heights
  • Tidal Curves
  • Calculating Clearances below Overhead Objects
  • Tidal Stream Atlases
  • Tidal Stream Diamonds
  • Meteorological Effects
  • Course to steer
  • Estimated position
  • Berthing and unberthing under power
  • Mooring buoy, anchoring in varying winds and tides - sail and power

Course fees


RYA Yachtmaster™ (Coastal & Offshore) Preparation Course

A highly respected qualification, recognised internationally, proving your experience and competence as a skipper. There is no formal training course to become a YachMaster. However you will need a number of days for refreshing of key skills and preparation for the rigorous one day examination. You must have suitable experience as assessed by the chief instructor and to have logged 4000 miles. 

Course fees
(please note: Your examination fees payable directly to the RYA Examiner on the day and vessel charter contribution for the Examination are not included with your course fees)

Price Match Guarantee

If you find the same course at another Sea School in Suffolk for a lower published price, we will match it.

2020 Summer course dates

2 day weekend dates
4 - 5 April (catamaran) | 9 - 10 May | 6 - 7 June | 5 - 6 July | 1 - 2 August | 5 - 6 September | 3 - 4 October 

3 day weekend dates
25 - 27 April (catamaran) | 29 - 31 May | 27 - 29 June | 25 - 27 July | 22 - 24 August | 26 - 28 September | 10 - 12 October

5 day dates
7 - 11 March | 18 - 22 April | 16 - 20 May | 13 - 17 June | 26 - 30 June (catamaran) | 11 - 15 July | 15 - 19 August | 12 - 16 September | 16 - 21 October | 24 - 28 October 

If you don't see the dates you are looking for, please contact us as we will try to be flexible to accommodate you.

2020/21 Winter course dates

We are currently working on our course schedule for Autumn and Winter.  In the meantime, please contact us with your preferred dates and we will try to accommodate you.


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