Pan Pan Sailing School

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Who are PanPan



Nick Pannell, the Principal of PanPan Sailing School, is a fully qualified teacher with almost 30 years’ experience of instructing sailing at all levels. Prior to setting up PanPan Sailing School, Nick was the Principal of Bewl Valley Sailing School and Croydon Schools Sailing Association. Nick is Chief Instructor of the Walton and Frinton Yacht Club, for whom he has recently developed a training programme for young people and adults in dinghy sailing and powerboating.

Derek Mitchell works in association with PanPan and instructs our Diesel Engine Maintenance course. Derek has used his 20+ years of experience to develop a unique and detailed course on Diesel Engine Maintenance exclusively for PanPan which includes a hands-on practical element. Derek also offers hands-on diesel engine experience on your own boat, contact us for details.

Martin Quaintance runs Lightmaster Software who have been creating small craft sailing simulators in close association with the RYA for more than 15 years. A leading authority in the field of radar, Martin delivers the Radar courses for PanPan.

Our Partners PanPan Sailing School has strong links with practical sailing schools on the South and East Coasts of England, such as North Sea Yachting, the motorboat experts. If you are looking to further your practical sailing experience, including sailing weekends, please let us know - we'll be more than happy to help.


What We Offer


Our speciality is small, effective and friendly classes in all the RYA Shorebased courses.

Our flexible approach is the key to our success - whether you need 1 to 1 or group classes, evenings, weekdays or weekends - let us know, and we can tailor the course to suit you.

Top-up courses are a regular feature of our operation.  

Our hospitality has won us much praise - well, you can't concentrate on an empty stomach - and helped raise almost £1,000 for the RNLI through voluntary donation.

Self-contained accommodation can be provided if necessary.

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