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Dinghy Instructor 1st-5th July 2019

Dinghy Instructor course is fully booked!

The final two places on the July Dinghy Instructor course have now been taken. We intend to offer another course in July of 2020, but you should be considering completing the First Aid course and pre-assessment test, this year. We will be arranging the test towards the end of the season.

Summer Junior Courses 2019

Reserve your places on our Junior Sailing Summer Courses in July and August 2019

Many thanks to Charles Broadway for producing this superb video.

All of our summer courses have plenty of spaces available at the moment, so you can be sure of reserving your specific dates. Our classes are small and have very good instructor:student ratios, helping young people to learn steadily. Many of our students return year after year.
The junior courses are great value at just £150 for the five days (20 hours). No payment is required at the time of booking your place. Why not give us a try?
Details of our progamme are available at: Summer Junior courses

If you would prefer to join one of our youth groups, places are still available. We can offer a free trial session with no obligation, so that you can find out more about sailing with Neptune.
Details of the youth group programme are available at: Evening Youth groups

Local youngsters help our instructor trainees

Another Great Season of Sailing

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Youngsters with our new buoyancy aids

Now that the season has come to an end we can look back on all of the groups and individuals who have joined us for some brilliant sailing.

We welcomed back our usual group of local schools, but added in some new ones too. Several of these have asked to come back next year and we will be approaching some new schools over the winter. Our summer junior courses were more popular than ever, with all courses running with increased numbers taking part. Most importantly, the superb weather made the season such a pleasure, though sometimes it was just a little too hot!!

Season round-up

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Arthur Ransome celebration - Some of the sails painted by local schools

It's always been very important that Neptune Sailing reaches out to all of our local schools.
This year, as well as working with our regular school groups, we have been pleased to organise events for Chelomdiston, East Bergholt and Bramford Primary Schools as well as for Woodbridge School. We will be approaching other local schools very soon.
As previously, Mid-Suffolk Scouts continue to support us, as well as groups from as far away as Coventry.
This year we have been aided by support from Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) helping us to get some new small buoyancy aids.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED? - Qualified Instructors and Volunteers

Get involved in 2019

Neptune is dependent on a small team of qualified staff, ably supported by a wide range of volunteers, who take on many different tasks, such as serving on the management team, organising and running courses, helping with maintenance, or just helping out on the water. Each sailing group is organised by an RYA Senior Instructor, with lots of support from other Instructors, and we are particularly keen to hear from Dinghy Instructors, especially Senior Instructors who are keen to help us. For those helping on the water, we will aim to develop your skills by providing training opportunities.
If you are interested in joining our team, and we hope that you will be, please do get in touch ( We have activities running on most afternoons and evenings, and would be very pleased to hear from you.

Who are Neptune Sailing?

Rigging lots of dinghies

Neptune Sailing is based on the River Orwell at Woolverstone, near Ipswich. We have a large number of craft, of different types and provide a range of Dinghy Sailing and Powerboat training and assessment. During the season the centre is available to both young people and adults. We aim to provide high quality tuition, based on the RYA National schemes.

Neptune Sailing has been working independently, delivering quality water sports experiences, for the last six seasons. We have charitable status and are registered as a company limited by guarantee.

Our Youth Groups run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings for Beginners, Improvers and Advanced skills and are open to all young people. They are very popular, so making an early approach regarding joining one of the groups is advisable.

Adult training courses are run mainly during weekends and cover the RYA Sailing Schemes to Level 3 and RYA Powerboat Level 1 and 2, as well as Safety Boat. We are happy to offer courses to groups and individuals at other times.

During the school holiday periods week-long courses are available for young people and these are very popular. The courses offer training from beginner Stage 1 to advanced skills Stage 4.