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General Club Benefits

• The ISA can offer advice to assist clubs with a variety of advice on all aspects of boating including legal issues. Through the ISA you can access information and expertise on all aspects of your waterside operation.

• The ISA negotiates with local, national and international bodies on behalf of ISA clubs and members.

• The ISA communicates on a weekly basis with all clubs through newsletters, emails and direct personal communication.

• The ISA Annual National Conference is free for all ISA members and provides workshops and seminars, covering all aspects of our sports, as well as providing an opportunity to network with other clubs and members.

• The ISA Awards Ball, which is open to all members, is a night of celebration where the ISA recognises some of the outstanding contributors to our sports. Clubs are invited to submit nominations for the Volunteer, Instructor and Training Centre of the Year awardshe ISA Awards Ball brings everyone together to celebrate all that is great about boating in Ireland whilst recognising the volunteers and other significant people nationwide. Clubs are invited on a yearly basis to nominate their Volunteer of the year.

• Policies and procedures, safety statements, code of ethics and support with development plans are all available on request for clubs.

• The ISA is committed to providing a safe environment for people of all ages to enjoy sailing, windsurfing and powerboating at organised events, and to helping clubs, associations and training centres to fulfil their responsibilities.

PR & Marketing

• The ISA assists your club with PR and marketing for particular and initiatives.

• The ISA offers advice on communication strategies for your event or initiative as well as media relations.

• Clubs are offered access to a club “microsite” hosted on the ISA website.

• Referrals from the ISA office, our website as well as ISA promotional materials provide good PR and marketing for many clubs.

• Your club can use the ISA logo, an internationally recognised brand of quality, to promote your club.


• The ISA Racing Department organises training and qualification for all race officials, Race Officers, Judges and Umpires.

• For major regattas the ISA Racing Department can provide assistance and advice on the preparation of race documents, appointment of officials and sourcing funding (where available).

• The Racing Department provides advice on the racing rules and handles all appeals of protest decisions.

• Affiliation to the ISA entitles competitors to race under the Racing Rules of Sailing and for Clubs and Classes to organise events under ISAF and UIM Rules.

• ECHO and IRC Rating handicaps are issued by the racing department and details are published online. The ISA also issues measurement certificates for administered classes, and IRL sail numbers. 


• The ISA ensures that training programmes are available to all clubs as well as first aid courses and coaching courses.

• ISA Clubs that offer junior training exclusively to members (i.e. not commercially) are waived the annual recognition fee.

• The ISA provide certification and supporting literature for all courses and as a resource for club use, these can be purchased online or from the ISA office.

• The ISA support and advise clubs on instructor training and recruitment. Garda Vetting is available through the ISA. The aim is to assist in the recruitment of suitable candidates to positions within the ISA and our affiliated Clubs, Class Associations and Training Centres who have access to children and vulnerable adults.

• The ISA runs regional Instructor Revalidation Weekends in all disciplines for club's to update their instructor's knowledge and revalidate their qualifications in the most cost effective way.

Other Initiatives

• The ISA work closely with the Irish Disabled Sailing Association and can together give advice on how to make your club more accessible to people with differing disabilities.

• The ISA encourage the Women on the Water Ireland initiative, and works with clubs around the country interested in setting up a WOWI programme with the aim to get more women on the water, and increase Club’s membership and participation.

• The ISA have two, full-time, Regional Development Officers who support the development of your club and who work with local authorities, local sports partnerships and other authorities on behalf of your club.

• An ISA School’s programme is currently under development to encourage participation of school age children into our sport.

• The ISA Performance Pathway is designed to help sailors, parents and clubs understand how best to progress within the ISA Junior, Youth and Olympic programmes.

Direct Discounts for Clubs & Club Members

• A wide range of discounts are available to ISA and Club Members on Accommodation, Boat Sales & Charters, Chandleries, Family Activities, Health & Leisure, Marine Insurance, Magazines, Moorings, Photography, Services, ISA Training and Travel & Charter on production of an annual membership card (Available from the ISA or your club)

• Reductions on the cost of services from the ISA Office are available to ISA members on Sail Numbers, Racing Handicaps and other certifications that are available.

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