Safeguarding Training During Covid-19 Restrictions

Updated 07/04/2020

Safeguarding Courses During COVID-19 Restrictions from 26 Mar

Irish Sailing in consultation with Sport Ireland Ethics Unit are implementing the following solution during the current restrictions as there is a backlog of people looking to attend safeguarding workshop. This interim solution shall stay in place until the sector is in a position to resume normal operations and people can attend the rescheduled Safeguarding 1 face to face workshops.

When required for instructor certification the following steps must be taken after completion of the instructor course:

  1. Complete the free online Tusla’s Children First eLearning programme
  2. Complete the free online Sport Ireland’s Safeguarding 1 online refresher
  3. Email a copy of both these online certificates, in PDF format, to Nuala at with your name, address, date of birth and instructor course date.
  4. Your Certificate will be valid for the coming season and you must attend a safeguarding 1 face to face workshop within 6 months of the resumption of activities in the sector, or as soon as possible.

If you have any queries in relation to any of the above or any other matter please do not hesitate to contact or

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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