Children's sailing and boating school

EPS organises very popular children’s sailing and boating courses during the school summer holidays in Nuottaniemi. The children use Optimist and Zoom8 dinghies, provided by EPS, and the boating part of the course is carried out with the club’s motor boats. The courses conveniently take up what amounts to a working day, ideal in the early and late summer.
After the course, we welcome all participants to continue in one of the EPS training groups. You can take part in the Blue & Green group’s weekly training throughout the rest of the season.

For whom?

The courses are intended for children aged between 7 and 13. Participants must be able to swim, because it is not unheard of for sailors to fall into the sea. Being able to swim 25 metres in a swimming pool is the minimum requirement. Our courses for youngsters and adults are here.

What you will learn

During the beginner’s course, you will learn the basics, such as getting your boat ready for sailing, starting off from the shore, the basics skills of sailing, and returning to shore. You will learn to use the rudder to steer and the sheet to adjust the sail, to tack (turn a boat’s head into and through the wind) and gybe (swing the sail across a following wind).

In the advanced course you will learn more advanced sailing skills such as sailing into the wind (tacking) and into the tailwind, sailing different types of courses, cruising and much more!

The boating section of the course covers the basics of navigation and maritime safety, such as identifying nautical signs, maneuvering according to them, and boaters’ skills (such as the main boater’s knots). In addition to teaching children basic sailing skills, they will also learn about safety on waters.
Sailing basics are practiced in the water with fun exercises, such as a skills track and sponge tag. And before you know it, you’ll know how to steer your dinghy. We have exercises on the shore, in the classroom and obviously on the water. Weather permitting and if you feel like it, you can also try capsising your dinghy and getting back into it.

Dates and prices

Beginners’ courses:
5.–9.6.2023 (Mon-Fri) OPEN SOON
12.–16.6.2023 (Mon-Fri)
19.–22.6.2023 (Mon-Thu)
26.6.–30.6.2023 (Mon-Fri)
31.7.–4.8.2023 (Mon-Fri)
7.–9.8.2023 (Mon-Wed)

Advanced courses:
5.–9.6.2023 (Mon-Fri)
31.7.–4.8.2023 (Mon-Fri)
7.–9.8.2023 (Mon-Wed)

The course price includes a 10% VAT.

Sign in for the course by filling in the details and making the payment in You will receive confirmation in your email for the registration and payment. During sign-in, your consent is asked for  privacy policy and  photography during sailing school (see below).

What’s included in the course?

We start at 9.00 am and end at 4.30 pm. We’ll be back ashore by 4 pm. We’ll have a lunch around noon. This is included in the course price. We recommend that you have a snack for the afternoon.

Each course has 3 to 5 instructors, depending on the number of participants. The course will take place if there are minimum 7 participants.
All EPS instructors have been given safety training. All instructors have passed the Finnish Sailing and Boating Federation’s boating course.

We take out accident insurance for sailing course participants. Insurance for any equipment, such a your phone, must be taken out by yourself.

Additional information:
Head Coach, Sailing School Headmaster Leo Tykkyläinen
leo.tykkylainen [at]  050-404 93 30

Privacy policy:

I have read the privacy policy and I give my consent to processing of personal data about myself (and my dependents).

Photography consent:

An identifiable image of a sailing school participant (without a name) may be published on the EPS website and / or on the sailing school’s Facebook page in the context of the EPS sailing school. In the picture, the participant is always presented in a positive light and in situations that are relevant for the daily activities in the sailing school.

Sailing School terms and conditions:

The Sailing School is organised by Espoo Pursiseura (business ID: 1015253-4), hereinafter EPS. Register for the Sailing School by filling in the details in the form and making the payment. You will receive confirmation in your email for the registration and payment. Registration is binding. Underage participants must be registered by their guardian, who will be responsible for the registration, correctness of information, and payments. Course participants must be able to swim. Any illnesses, injuries or other matters that may affect the training and participation must be discussed with a person in charge of the Sailing School before signing in.
Sailing School participants will be offered a dinghy and life vest by EPS, but they must bring their own suitable clothing for any weather, including rain. As a rule, children in the Sailing School will be on the water every day. If this is not possible because of the weather conditions, there will be activities on shore to support the course programme.

Cancellation and changing of registration:

Any cancellation must occur at least two weeks before the course is due to start, at which point EUR 100 will be charged. No refund will be made if cancellations occur later than this. If there is room, you can change from one course to another one. Any request to change a course must be made two weeks before the course is due to begin to the person in charge, please send email to A Sailing School course will go ahead if the minimum number of participants specified for it have registered. Group insurance (accident insurance) is taken out for Sailing School participants by Espoon Pursiseura.