Field Studies

Fellowship Afloat's 150-acre saltmarsh is a part of the Essex Estuaries European marine site (part of the EU Natura 2000 series) and has national and international designations for its nature conservation value.

The neighbouring River Blackwater and Colne Estuaries are also of international significance for conservation and provide an example of a dynamic coastal estuarine system.

A wide range of coastal habitat types within easy reach of the centre include: successional saltmarsh communities, intertidal mud and sand flats, subtidal mixed sediments and associated fauna and flora, grazing marsh, associated wetlands and brackish lagoons. There are nearby demonstration sites, which feature coastal realignment and foreshore recharge.

Our centre provides comfortable accommodation, motor boat and dredging facilities and also has a shore-based classroom.

Upcoming courses

Course Date Price
RYA Instructor Pre-Entry Assessment
Sunday 14th March
£60.00 Book provisionally
RYA Powerboat Level 1 and 2
Friday 26th March to Sunday 28th March
£225.00 Book provisionally
Sailaway Day
Saturday 17th April
£45.00 Book provisionally
RYA Dinghy Level 1 - Start Sailing
Friday 23rd April to Sunday 25th April
£189.00 Book provisionally
RYA Seamanship Skills
Friday 23rd April to Sunday 25th April
£189.00 Book provisionally
RYA Daysailing
Friday 23rd April to Sunday 25th April
£189.00 Book provisionally
RYA Dinghy Level 2 - Basic Skills
Friday 23rd April to Sunday 25th April
£189.00 Book provisionally
RYA Dinghy Level 3 - Better Sailing
Friday 23rd April to Sunday 25th April
£189.00 Book provisionally
RYA Safety Boat
Friday 23rd April to Sunday 25th April
£225.00 Book provisionally
RYA Spinnakers
Friday 23rd April to Sunday 25th April
£189.00 Book provisionally
RYA Young Sailors
Tuesday 1st June to Thursday 3rd June
£165.00 Book provisionally
RYA Dinghy Assistant Instructor
Friday 4th June to Sunday 6th June
£120.00 Book provisionally
RYA Daysailing
Friday 4th June to Sunday 6th June
£189.00 Book provisionally
RYA Spinnakers
Friday 4th June to Sunday 6th June
£189.00 Book provisionally
RYA Dinghy Level 1 - Start Sailing
Friday 4th June to Sunday 6th June
£189.00 Book provisionally
RYA Dinghy Level 2 - Basic Skills
Friday 4th June to Sunday 6th June
£189.00 Book provisionally
RYA Dinghy Level 3 - Better Sailing
Friday 4th June to Sunday 6th June
£189.00 Book provisionally
RYA Seamanship Skills
Friday 4th June to Sunday 6th June
£189.00 Book provisionally
Sailaway Day
Saturday 24th July
£45.00 Book provisionally
RYA Powerboat Level 1 and 2
Saturday 31st July to Sunday 1st August
£225.00 Book provisionally
RYA Daysailing
Saturday 31st July to Sunday 1st August
£189.00 Book provisionally
RYA Spinnakers
Saturday 31st July to Sunday 1st August
£189.00 Book provisionally
RYA Dinghy Level 1 - Start Sailing
Saturday 31st July to Sunday 1st August
£189.00 Book provisionally
RYA Seamanship Skills
Saturday 31st July to Sunday 1st August
£189.00 Book provisionally
RYA Dinghy Level 2 - Basic Skills
Saturday 31st July to Sunday 1st August
£189.00 Book provisionally
RYA Dinghy Level 3 - Better Sailing
Saturday 31st July to Sunday 1st August
£189.00 Book provisionally
Multi Activity Week (9-11yrs)
Monday 2nd August to Saturday 7th August
£340.00 Book provisionally
Multi Activity Week (12-14yrs)
Sunday 8th August to Friday 13th August
£340.00 Book provisionally
Archery GB Instructor Award (Non-Residential)
Tuesday 7th September to Wednesday 8th September
£175.00 Book provisionally
Archery GB Instructor Award (Residential)
Tuesday 7th September to Wednesday 8th September
£225.00 Book provisionally
Sailaway Day
Saturday 11th September
£45.00 Book provisionally
RYA Dinghy Level 3 - Better Sailing
Friday 22nd October to Sunday 24th October
£189.00 Book provisionally
RYA Dinghy Level 2 - Basic Skills
Friday 22nd October to Sunday 24th October
£189.00 Book provisionally
RYA Dinghy Level 1 - Start Sailing
Friday 22nd October to Sunday 24th October
£189.00 Book provisionally
RYA Powerboat Level 1 and 2
Friday 22nd October to Sunday 24th October
£225.00 Book provisionally
RYA Spinnakers
Friday 22nd October to Sunday 24th October
£189.00 Book provisionally
RYA Seamanship Skills
Friday 22nd October to Sunday 24th October
£189.00 Book provisionally
RYA Daysailing
Friday 22nd October to Sunday 24th October
£189.00 Book provisionally
RYA Powerboat Level 1 and 2
Friday 12th November to Sunday 14th November
£225.00 Book provisionally
East Coast in Watercolour
Friday 26th November to Sunday 28th November
£149.00 Book provisionally
ERCA High Ropes Instructor
Tuesday 15th February to Friday 18th February
£450.00 Book provisionally
Estuary Birdwatching
Friday 18th February to Sunday 20th February
£130.00 Book provisionally