BY Anna Cummins on 21 Sep 2023

The Simpson Marine-run sailing school has proved a hit since launching in 2022

Simpson Sailing Academy Pattaya

The Simpson Sailing Academy in Pattaya, Thailand has confirmed an expansion to include more schools into the Simpson Sailing Academy programmes, and the addition of new sailing courses. 

The academy, run by Simpson Marine, is a sailing school that offers courses in the basics of the sport through to advanced skills and helps to introduce people to all the joys of yachting. The Simpson Sailing Academy has been based at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya, Thailand, since its launch at the Thailand Yacht Show in 2022.

Among the recent developments, schools from further afield have expressed keen interest in participating in Simpson Sailing Academy‘s weeklong multi-activity and Duke of Edinburgh International Award residential programmes.

Simpson says its dedicated team, headed by Chief Instructor Alfie Rowson, is now tailoring a model that caters to each school’s needs. The Academy has also scaled up its instructor force. The school has now grown to six full-time instructors with four casual instructors to meet the demand.

Simpson Sailing Academy Pattaya

Many of the team are members of the Thai National Squad, and have competed at the international level in dinghies, keelboats, and yachts, including prestigious events like the SEA Asian Games, Star Sailors League (SSL) Gold Cup, and TP52 Super Series.

Simpson says its Sailing Academy is also on the brink of a significant milestone – becoming an endorsed provider by International Yacht Training (IYT) for yachting qualifications in both Pattaya and Phuket. This development will enable the Academy to offer a range of IYT courses that are internationally recognised and respected. This unlocks access to qualifications like International Crew, International Flotilla Skipper Sail and Catamaran, Bareboat Skipper Sail and Catamaran, Yachtmaster Coastal Sail and Catamaran, and even Yachtmaster Offshore Sail and Catamaran.

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