- Can we run our club and centre training courses?
We recognise that whilst some centres have temporarily closed in line with guidance from the Government, on the 18th May some organisations may provide some single-handed or household multi-handed supervised and non-supervised activity and day sailing - returning to home port.
If it is safe and appropriate for your centre’s training activities to run limited training, please take note of the temporary course variations laid out below. These measures have been put in place to aid Irish Sailing recognised training centres at this challenging time, however, please ensure you always follow the latest Government advice when deciding whether a course should go ahead, be postponed or cancelled.
- Will there be Irish Sailing instructor courses running this summer?
The current recommendation is that Dinghy & Windsurfing Instructor Training may resume in Phase 3 commencing on the 29th June, where arrangements are in place to enable participants to maintain social distancing. For Powerboat, Advanced Sailing Instructor and Senior Instructor courses we need clarification on social distancing measures before we can confirm when they might resume. All courses must be agreed under the Consent Principal of all parties including students, parents, organisers and trainers feeling safe and happy to run the course.
- What happens if my Instructor Course was postponed or cancelled?
Irish Sailing will maintain a record of all currently scheduled instructor courses. Once there is greater clarity around a timescale for the resumption of activity Irish Sailing will work with the respective Instructor Trainer groups to re-schedule course as efficiently as possible. Priority will be given to previously scheduled courses which were cancelled or postponed due to Covid restrictions.
- Can I do my Instructor CPD / revalidation this summer?
As it is unlikely to be possible to schedule CPD / revalidation days ahead of the main sailing season, instructors due to revalidate their qualification during 2020 will be given an extension to the validity of their current qualification to allow them to instruct this summer.
Instructors who have previously held qualifications at any level which have lapsed prior to 2020 will be able to apply on a case-by-case basis to have their qualification revalidated to cover the 2020 season.
- My First Aid certificate has expired and my course has been cancelled. Can I still instruct courses?
Due to the restricted availability of emergency care training courses the requirement to hold an emergency care certificate for certification of Irish Sailing Instructors will be suspended for newly qualifying instructors. Instructors qualifying under these conditions will have a time limited validity applied to their certification and an emergency care certificate will be required to extend this validity.
Currently qualified instructors with emergency care certificates which lapse this year will be permitted to continue instructing until they are in a position to revalidate their qualification.
With these arrangements in place it is important to emphasise that there must be someone with a valid emergency care certificate onsite, identified and available at all times when activities are taking place.
- My commercial endorsement has expired, can I still work?
In light of the position of the European Union and of the International Maritime Organisation, the Irish Maritime Administration (IMA) of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) is adopting the following measures and procedures to provide for a temporary extension to the validity of seafarer certificates in order to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on the maritime sector as much as possible. For further details please read Marine Notice 14 of 2020.
- I am concerned about the junior sailors not achieving level certs this year
The certificates will not be a priority this year and we would focus more on the safe and enjoyable return to the sport of sailing to be this year’s focus. Sailors should take this year as an opportunity to use their Irish Sailing Passport online logbook to track their skills progression, log their adventures and record any results they have from local races within their club.
- Are inspections still going ahead and will this affect my recognition status?
The normal programme of Training Centre inspections will be suspended for the 2020 season. Inspections will be replaced by support visits from Irish Sailing staff to see if there are any specific requirements the Training Centre has and help ensure that the return to normal activity is carried out safely. Training Centres are still required to complete the Safety Declaration covering all of the normal operating procedures and insurance requirements.
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