Accessible Sailing-Sailforce

The purpose of the Irish Disabled Sailing Association (Sailforce) is to promote sailing for people with disabilities. Here at the ISA we aim to support this organisation to achieve its objectives in developing training and promoting sailing in Ireland. 

  • To provide the necessary support for people with disabilities to sail.
  • Encourage sailing as an activity, primarily for pleasure, but also to facilitate those who desire to develop their competitive potential.
  • Lower the age at which people with disabilities can sail.
  • Develop and foster team spirit between able bodied and those with disabilities, through leisure and competitive sailing.

For more information contact Sailforce on

Train to teach sailing to the disabled

The Role of the ISA
The ISA are developing training modules to help train 4 types of people working with disabled sailing:

1. Assisting People with Disabilities: For volunteers, shore mums, ground staff- how to prepare on shore for sailing. Can be done in 30 minutes with small group or up to an hour if large group as used at National and Instructor Conference

2. Instructing People with Disabilities: For Instructors while on their course, a 20 minute power point presentation(PPP), the who, why, when, where, and how to instruct different groups.

3. Managing People with Disabilities: For Senior Instructors while on their Course, 20 minutes PPP, 20 min on shore practical, lifts, transfers, adapting boats and 80min on water practical session simulating scenarios and role play.

4. Coaching People with Disabilities: This is a 1 Day Certificate of Attendance, approved by Coaching Ireland and designed by the ISA to facilitate Sailing. It encompasses all aspects of disabled sailing, including specialised boats, coaching styles, Paralympic and Special Olympic Pathways and a practical session with disabled sailors when possible.

Contact Ciaran Murphy for further details.

Dun Laoghaire Access Sailing Programme 2013

Dun Laoghaire Access Sailing Programme 2014
For Children aged 8 to 17 with physical and sensorial disabilities

The National Yacht Club, Royal St George Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club and Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club have again combined to run this programme in Dun Laoghaire during the summer 2014.

  1. Introductory Day (Come and Try it!) 
    Sunday morning, 8th of June at the Royal Irish Yacht Club
  2. Sunday morning sailing at the Royal St George Yacht Club
    Commences Sunday 15th of June and continues each Sunday until end of August. Run in conjunction with the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club.
  3. Two week long sailing courses
    National Yacht Club: 16th - 20th of June
    Royal Irish Yacht Club: 5th - 8th of August
No sailing experience is necessary

To register interest or for more detail please contact: 
Ian French on 087 2456834 or email or
Ruth Shanahan on 086 2374801 or email

Kindly Supported by:
Dun Laoghaire Marina & Dublin Port Company
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