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East Anglian Sea School has set the standard for training excellence on the East Coast for 41 years. We are based on the East Coast of the UK at Suffolk Yacht Harbour, Levington, on the River Orwell, half way between Ipswich and Felixstowe. Founded in 1973, as a small family business then called East Anglian School of Sailing, it has grown into one of the foremost Royal Yachting Association (RYA) sea schools in the country. Still owned by the second generation of the same family, the school has been around for as long as the RYA training scheme. As well as being an RYA training centre we are recognised by the Marine Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the International Sailing Association Federation (ISAF). The school has an excellent reputation built on the quality of training during sailing lessons and courses, shore-side facilities, highly equipped and well maintained yachts and powerboats and last but not least, suberb homecooked catering afloat. Our success is shown through our increasing student numbers year on year.
We have 45 friendly, approachable, patient and knowledgeable instructors, qualified to the highest standards in sailing, motor cruising, power boating and dinghy sailing. Training afloat is run using a highly equipped fleet of Jeanneau Sun Odyssey yachts, a Haines Motorcruiser, Hartley dinghies and a Ribeye Ribtec 585 for powerboat courses, all maintained to MCA standards.
Our training ground which is probably the best in the world covers the shallow waters of the Thames Estuary, the beautiful rivers along Suffolk and Essex coastlines and the added bonus of Felixstowe International Port with a very large movement of ships making night sailing spectacular.
A wide range of courses are on offer both in the UK at Levington and at our sister school, East Aegean Sea School, Marmaris in Turkey, catering for people new to boating right through to experts. Covering RYA courses from Start Yachting to Yachtmaster Ocean or Motor Boat Helmsman's courses through to Motor Yachtmaster Offshore. We also offer RYA intensive shorebased navigation courses and extensive evening classes and one day courses such as, First Aid, Sea Survival, VHF Radio and Diesel engine courses which are run all year round, at weekends as well as during the week.
One of the Sea School specialities is own boat tuition, where we put an experienced instructor on to a customer’s own boat (yachts, motorboats, sports boats, ribs and dinghies) and will teach to specific customer needs. This includes commercial boat training for the fishing, maritime and construction industries including wind farms support and safety boat cover, as well as anything from basic boat handling to race training for leisure boat owners. If your boat is not based locally, we can travel to you. Another speciality is our MCA four day diesel engine course which is a great addition to the skills portfolio for any commercial yachtsman, sail or motor.
We have a dedicated fleet of charter boats availble for bareboat and skippered charters in Suffolk, UK and a fleet of over 45 boats in Turkey.