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Sailing Academy

Learn To Sail, Gain Your Passport to Yachting Freedom

SML Sailing Academy


For Simpson Marine, helping to introduce people to all the joys of yachting is a true passion. We are delighted to announce the official launch of the Simpson Marine Sailing Academy at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya, Thailand.

The Academy is also backed by the generous support of a passionate Bangkok based businessman who developed a love for sailing during Covid and who wished to help the youth of Thailand develop their own love for the sport

The Academy is set to play an important role in introducing more and more young people to sailing in Thailand, especially in the two main boating areas of Thailand: The Gulf of Thailand and Phuket’s Phang Nga Bay and the Andaman Sea.

The Academy has initially ordered a fleet of five Beneteau First 14’s, two First 18’s and one First 27 with larger cruising yachts also being considered. All these models are ideal all-rounders, and easy to handle, allowing students to learn and build their confidence. Our aim is to grow the fleet to approximately 20 boats within 18 months and host a series of racing and water born orienteering activities for students.


Bronze Level – Start Sailing

This initial level is a 2 day course for budding sailors who have never sailed before, which includes an introduction to the sailing skills and knowledge needed to get safely afloat under supervision. After completing this course the successful participant will be able to sail a boat competently in all possible directions in light winds. It introduces safe launching and recovery methods.


Silver Level – Safe Sailing

This is a 2 day course expanding on the training developed in the Bronze Level and includes the knowledge required to sail a boat independently. The course covers rigging, launching and the skills needed to allow the successful candidate to be able to sail confidently in all directions. After completing this course the successful participant will have capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge and be capable of sailing without an instructor on board in light winds.


Gold Level – Independent Sailing

A 2 day course, which covers the more advanced skills and knowledge necessary to allow the successful participant to be capable of manoeuvring a dinghy in a seaman-like manner, to solve problems and handle a wide range of situations afloat in moderate conditions and to use a spinnaker. The emphasis is on increasing the self-reliance and decision making needed to sail independently, how to rig the boat, gybe and recover one type of spinnaker and to sail the best possible course downwind both as crew and helmsman.


Platinum Level – Perfected Sailing

This is a 2 day course focusing on navigation, club racing, and high-speed sailing. This level covers planning a day cruise, an introduction to the skills required to begin club racing, handling performance dinghies and maximum efficiency techniques for high-speed sailing.


6-day Bronze to Gold Dinghy Course

6 days or 3 Weekends. This content covers Bronze to Gold courses. After completion, students will be able to acquire the skills of rigging and sail controls for weather and sea states, coming alongside pontoons, returning to shore, and sailing more efficiently.


*To ensure success in achieving levels Silver, Gold and Platinum it is important to gain experience on the water the practise the skills students have learnt.  Contact Simpson Marine Sailing Academy to find out how to get on the water with our membership package or individual sailing sessions.


IYT RIB Master up to 15m

This 3 day course covers 1 day of theory (theory can be done online prior to practical) and 2 days of practical boat handling including:

  • Safety at sea
  • VHF Radio operations
  • Small powerboats and rigid inflatable boats
  • Launching and recovery
  • Anchors and anchoring
  • Nautical terminology
  • Boat handling under power
  • Man overboard procedures
  • Ropes and rope-work
  • Basic rules of the road (collision regulations)
  • Glossary of terms

Marine Communications (VHF-SRC)

The Marine Communications course (Very High Frequency – Short Range Certificate) is designed to ensure a thorough understanding of maritime radio communication at sea. It is intended for all marine environments and follows International standards.


Yachting & Private Tuition

One of the main draws of sailing is the Yachting Freedom it creates by being able to explore deserted beaches and islands with friendly atmospheres, experiences that are only accessible by boat!  Simpson Sailing Academy staff are internationally endorsed instructors with a wealth of experience ready to share with you while sailing through the amazing coastline and islands Thailand has to offer.

Simpson Sailing Academy instructors have a wealth of experience in many types of sailing dinghies, keelboats, multihulls, yachts and powerboats.  If you want to brush up on a specific skill or learn a new skill with an instructor 1 to 1 we are ready to help you!



Through our membership program you can get out on the water and experience Yachting Freedom that sailing has to offer without buying a boat.  Members can enjoy discounted courses and use of the Simpson Sailing Academy sailing fleet.


Schools & Groups

Sailing is a sport that grows both your mental and physical abilities.  Learning sailing enables participants to have a unique growth experience, encouraging constant progression to keep challenging yourself and gain a sense of fulfillment and enjoyment through this process.

By learning to sail participants can gain leadership skills, resilience, adaptability, decision making along with other skills.  Sailing helps build courage, independence, confidence and focus, among other important characteristics.

Simpson Sailing Academy has instructors trained to international standards to create safe and fun learning environment for participants to learn how to sail on the beautiful Thai waters.  We can offer your students opportunity to experience sailing through Sailing Camps, Duke of Edinburgh Award, After School sailing sessions, Membership program, Multi Activity Adventure weeks, Community Social Responsibility trips and much more…

The benefits of sailing can be lifelong becoming a hobby and skill that will stay with you for the rest of your life.  It also develops a sense belongingness and can make lifelong friends with similar interests.


Corporate & Team building

Sailing is an interdisciplinary sport that combines the technology of man with the power of nature – a sport that involves teamwork, courage, intellectual challenges. Through sailing, one is able to rediscover themselves, connect with nature, and break through the walls of their comfort zone.

Simpson Sailing Academy team building program creates an environment that emphasizes the importance of teamwork, determination, and personal breakthrough.

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Simpson Marine Pattaya, Ocean Marina,167/3 M4 Sukhumvit Road, km157, Na Jomtien, Sattahip, Chonburi 20250, Thailand

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