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All our courses are run though the Irish Sailing Associations dinghy scheme, find course syllabi by following this link.  Participation in courses does not guarantee completion, each student develops at their own pace and will be graded accordingly.    Safety and fun are the priorities with a high standard of tuition on each course.

To see a calendar of courses for 2019 click here

Taste of Sailing

Taste of Sailing Saturdays, morning or afternoon sessions, and some evenings in June, July and August.  Please contact us to find dates available.

Ever wondered what its like to sail a boat? Under the guidance of an instructor you will be introduced to the thrill of small boat sailing. This is the perfect opportunity to experience sailing in a safe and controlled environment. On every Saturday in June, July, and August, we will be running morning and afternoon Taste of Sailing sessions. Duration, 3 hours. Suitable for adults, children and families. €30 for youths, €40 for adults. Morning sessions run from 10am–1pm, afternoon sessions from 2–5pm.  Evening sessions 6.30pm–9.30pm.  Discounts for groups of 4 or more available for taste of sailing sessions only.

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These courses run over 5 consecutive sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, from 6:30–9:30pm. Limit of 6 participants per course, each participant will have their own boat.–––––––––

Start Sailing

A course for complete beginners, introducing you to small boat sailing. Run over 5 evenings, you will be introduced to sailing a single-handed dinghy, what equipment is used and the basic wind and weather awareness necessary for small boat sailing. €175

The ISA have a new electronic logbook and certificate system.  The cost is an additional €5 per year if you would like a certificate and electronic logbook.

Basic Skills 

The ‘drivers licence’ level of small boat sailing. At the end of this course you will be able to sail a dinghy confidently on your own in sheltered waters and gentle winds. There will also be an introduction to basic meteorology, tidal readings and rope work. It is necessary to have completed the ‘Start Sailing’ level before this course. Run over 5 evenings. €175––

The ISA have a new electronic logbook and certificate system.  The cost is an additional €5 per year if you would like a certificate and electronic logbook.  –––––––––––––––

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These courses run Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm with a break for lunch apart from the Cara Na Mara program and our new half day course options (scroll down for more)

Cara Na Mara 7 – 10 year olds

Cara Na Mara

Who’s it for?
Juniors between the age of 7 – 10.

5 x 3 hour sessions, 10.00 am – 1 pm.

What is it
The Cara na mara programme provides a child centred approach to introducing children to sailing and the marine environment.

-Providing a strong sailing foundation for newly interested junior sailors between the ages of 7-10.
-Fostering enjoyment and participation.
-Teaching fair play and good sportsmanship.
-Developing and increasing an awareness of the marine environment.

What will I learn.
You will start with an introduction to what sailing is, what the wind is and why we need it to sail. You will then learn about safety, buoyancy aids, clothes to wear, how boats float, building a wind vane, and parts of a boat and basic sailing skills.
These courses also have an environmental element, you will learn about the birds and other animals that use the beach and the sea, what a mammal is, etc.

Will I be in a boat on my own?
No. You will always be sharing a boat.

What if the weather is bad?
There is so much to learn on this course that can done from land that the weather should not effect it. The Resource centre will be used for some of the activities.

What do I need to bring?
Swimming togs and old runners/ crocs etc for protecting your feet and warm clothes for before, during and afterwards. Lunch and snacks. Suncream and a sunhat.

Is the course approved by the Irish Sailing Association?

Do I need any experience to do this course?

Whats provided?
Bouyancy Aid.
Fully Qualified Irish Sailing Association Instructors.
All Boating Equipment including Sailing, Paddling and Motorboats.

What happens next?
There are 4 levels to this program, so there is a lot of learning to be done. From there juniors would be at the Basic Skills level, which means competent to sail a boat with no help from the instructor in light winds.

How much?    €90

Start Sailing Juniors

Introducing juniors to small boat sailing. Over 5 days, partakers will learn how to sail small boats, awareness of safety at sea, racing, adventure trips and general water skills. Learning through fun and games on the water is an integral part of this course. Irish Sailing Association syllabus will be covered. All sailors will get to share boats and adventures with others while learning how much fun the sea can be.  ‘Basic Skills Junior’ courses could be running concurrently. €170

The ISA have a new electronic logbook and certificate system.  The cost is an additional €5 per year if you would like a certificate and electronic logbook.

Basic Skills Juniors

This 5-day course brings the junior sailor to a competent level of small boat sailing. All aspects of knowledge and safety necessary to be confident sailing small boats to a basic level will be covered, from basic weather and tides to handling boats in windier conditions. When weather permits, participants will learn to sail faster high performance dinghies. Water games, racing and adventure trips will all be a part of this course. Partakers will need to have completed the ‘Start Sailing Junior’ course previously. All participants will be sharing boats and ‘Start Sailing Junior’ courses could well be running concurrently. Irish Sailing Association syllabus will be covered. €170

The ISA have a new electronic logbook and certificate system.  The cost is an additional €5 per year if you would like a certificate and electronic logbook.

Improving Skills Junior

For the junior sailor that has completed the ‘Basic Skills Junior’ course, Improving Skills introduces High Performance sailing boats, spinnakers and trapeze work. A more in depth knowledge of boat rigging, racing and seamanship skills such as tidal work, weather and wind patterns will be covered.

This exciting level gives sailors the skill to handle boats in windier conditions while sailing faster. Over the five days all participants will be at the same level to allow the instructor to concentrate on maximising their skills. This course is run to Irish Sailing Association (ISA) syllabus. At least two weeks are necessary if sailors want to qualify for an ISA Improving Skills certificate, as the course syllabus is very comprehensive. However, if only one week is completed, sailors will still greatly benefit from this more advanced level. €180 per week.


Please note that sailing areas and activities are weather dependent and consequently may be subject to change.

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