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* Update - Covid-19 virus *

All Neptune Sailing activities cancelled until 2021 season

Neptune Sailing has reluctantly decided to cancel all planned youth group, school and open course activities for this season. We know that this is a major disappointment to our customers and hope to offer courses again in the 2021 season. We would like to thank our customers for their continuing support and understanding.

This decision has been taken in the light of advice we have received from the government and the RYA. Covid-19 means we are unable to use our building for teaching and could only offer a very restricted set of activities on the water. The safety of our staff and customers is paramount and we will aim to offer both powerboat and sailing courses only when we are assured that it is safe to resume activities.

This has been a disappointment for the management team as a substantial investment had been made in preparing for the season. All course fees have been returned to our customers and there is no threat to our ability to continue to offer courses in the future.

Pictures from some events last year

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* RYA Dinghy Instructor 6th-10th July 2020 - Cancelled *

Dinghy Instructor course - places are now available

Our summer instructor training course will be offering up to 12 places for experienced sailors to qualify as fully fledged Dinghy Instructors. Our regular course tutors, Jeremy Mills and Sue Head, will be delivering this course again. Last year, the double course was full for the second year running and our pass rate was an excellent 92%, which soon became 100% when all of the requiremetns were fully completed of the last of the requirements.
If you are thinking of becoming an RYA Dinghy Instructor next year do let us know and we will be able to help with your preparation from an early stage.

* Neptune Youth groups 2020 - Cancelled *

Youth Groups - places are now available

Neptune Youth groups offer regular sailing for all young sailors from 10 years old, through its three friendly Youth Groups. These are structured for Beginners (Weds), Improvers (Tues) and Advanced (Thurs) sailors, and no experience is required for the Beginners group.
The ten weekly sessions begin in late April and continue through to July. The course fee is affordable at just £155 for the whole sequence of 10 evenings, and there are lower fees for those who would also like to join the Saturday OnBoard sessions.
For more information click on the link above.

* RYA First Aid course - Cancelled *

RYA First Aid course - places now available

We get lots of requests for First Aid courses, especially later in the season, when fewer courses are running. Remember, First Aid certificates are valid for only 3 years.
If you are thinking of becoming an RYA Dinghy Instructor this year, do let us know and we will be able to help with your preparation from an early stage. The First Aid certificate is a course requirement.
We have had to postpone this course until a little later in the early season. Please get in touch if you need a First Aid certificate so that we can find a suitable date.

* Summer Junior Courses 2020 - Cancelled *

Junior Sailing Summer courses - courses will open for reservations in early February

Many thanks to Charles Broadway for producing this superb video.

Our classes are small and have very good instructor:student ratios, helping young people to learn steadily and improve their sailing skills. Many of our students return year after year.
The junior courses are great value at just £155 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 will be available at: Summer Junior courses

* OnBoard Sailing Sessions * - Postponed

Junior Sailing at weekends

For those who would like to sail at weekends, or continue to sail with Neptune after their summer course, we are hoping to offer Saturday OnBoard sessions again this year. These are open to all, with a low fee covering use of craft, buoyancy aid, etc. Dates will be announced in March and reservations can be made on-line from April. The fee will be just £15 (youth group members £10) per session.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED? - Qualified Instructors and Volunteers

Get involved in 2020

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.