Safeguarding Training During Covid-19 Restrictions

6th May 2021

Safeguarding Online Courses “Goes Live

Irish Sailing are now running the Sport Ireland Safeguarding 1,2 and 3 Courses Online. These courses are the official 3 hour contact course that are recognised by all Sporting Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships. All attendees will receive their Sport Ireland Safeguarding Certificate which will be valid for 5 years with Irish Sailing. The course is designed for instructors, volunteers, staff and committee members who are engaged with children in sport on a regular basis.

The classes will be delivered by experienced sailing tutors, the course uses breakout rooms, group tasks with workbook and resources to encourage active participation throughout the course. Children must be 16 years of age or greater to attend the course and those under 18 must fill out a parental consent form before attending. There is a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 16 permitted on each course.  

An affiliated club or centre may book an in-house closed course on their preferred date and time for €250 just contact Nuala at to schedule your course. Individuals may book onto a preset open course for €15 per person and you can book onto those courses at 

Pre-set courses will be updated on the shop calendar a month in advance and will run throughout the year. For those candidates who did the Interim online Tusla/Sport Ireland Refresher course during the 2020 Covid Restrictions your certificate is valid to September 2021, but we would very much welcome you attend one of the courses this year and will be emailing you directly with dates of courses.

Irish Sailing appreciates the value of being face to face and in one room and will be resuming the traditional classroom-style courses when it is safe to do so. We look forward to seeing you all again as we prepare for the sailing season ahead and if you have any questions or queries around Safeguarding please feel free to contact 087 8800744.

Irish Sailing Child Safeguarding

Safeguarding Objective

Irish Sailing is committed to the safeguarding of all children and young people in sailing. The welfare and protection of children and young people in our sport is paramount. Our safeguarding policies have been developed as required by national legislation, policy and guidelines as outlined in Children First and by Sport Ireland.

1) Sport Ireland Safeguarding Guidance for Children & Young People in Sport

The aim of this guidance document is to help clubs and centres to create a culture of safety that promotes the welfare of children and young people engaged in sporting activities. This guidance document supports clubs and centres to meet their child safeguarding and child protection responsibilities in line with requirements under policy/legislation and with best practice. It does this through the provision of guidance and information in relation to the carrying out of a risk assessment, the development of a Child Safeguarding Statement and the development and implementation of policies and procedures for safeguarding and protection of children and young people.

2) Safeguarding Training Courses

As part of our commitment to ensuring that all of our water sports are safe, fun and accessible for all children and vulnerable adults Irish Sailing delivers a range of information and training programmes aimed at volunteers, staff, instructors, coaches, managers and administrators from Irish Sailing Clubs and Training Centres including the Sport Ireland certified 3hr Safeguarding Courses, which are:

  • Safeguarding 1 – Basic Awareness Workshop in Child Welfare and Protection (3hrs)
  • Safeguarding 2 – Club Children’s Officer Workshop (3hrs)
  • Safeguarding 3 – Designated Liaison Person Workshop (3hrs)

To see the next scheduled safeguard course please go HERE and to book your place in the shop HERE.

Online Safeguarding Revalidation

If you have previously attended an Irish Sailing or Sport Ireland face to face Safeguarding 1 workshop in the last five years, you can refresh your certificate for another five years online at the following link:

3) Mental Health & Resource Page in Sailing

Our Mental Health resource page is designed to signpost support services for mental health and well-being in sailing, please CLICK HERE to access our mental health and wellbeing information page.

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If you have any concerns regarding the welfare or safety of a child in your club or community please contact the Statutory Authorities (TUSLA, Child & Family Agency or your local Gardai) to report your concerns.

If you have any queries regarding Safeguarding please contact our Safeguarding Inclusion and Diversity Officer, Ciaran Murphy on

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