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Irish Sailing SBSS Advanced Instructor Certification

As you are aware the Small Boat Sailing Scheme has been revised and streamlined for the 2016 season. While the syllabus changes to the Taste of Sailing – Improving Skills levels have been minor, the upper tier modules have been revised to a single level of each stream, Advanced Boat-handling, Start Racing, Kites & Wires & Adventure Skills.

Irish Sailing Advanced Instructor Endorsement

In order to reflect the syllabus changes in the instructor training side of the scheme a new Advanced Instructor qualification has been established which will allow the instructor to deliver all of the new upper tier modules.  The Advanced Instructor Endorsement is a four-day course (which can be split), the requirement for a pre-entry assessment has been removed with candidate’s personal skills and knowledge being assessed by means of pre-course submissions and evaluation during the course.

SBSS Advanced log and Pre-Entry reqs here


  • 20 days logged teaching experience including minimum of 5 at Improving Skills;
  • Submission of an improver skills course program and 2 improver skills session plans (1 water and 1 land);
  • Submission of Sailing C.V. to reflect personal sailing experience across the modules, to include –
  • 6 sessions in a kites and wires boats experience with symmetric and asymmetric required,
  • 6 sessions in more than 18kn of wind speed,
  • 6 sessions in alternative boats. i.e. Keels boats, day sailors, tall ships, access boats, traditional sailing boats, windsurfing, kite surfing, etc,
  • 6 sessions racing (12 races keelboat/dinghies) club or open events,
  • 3 day trips 5 hours water time submit 1 passage/pilotage plan and log from 1 of these trips,
  • 20 hours logged powerboat, providing rescue/mark laying, please note any rescues,
  • 2 races assisting on comity boat;
  • Completion of background knowledge paper;
  • Safetyboat certificate;
  • Sport Ireland Safe Guarding 1;
  • Valid emergency care certificate; and
  • Garda Vetting clearance.

Existing Endorsed Instructors

In order to facilitate instructors holding some but not all of the current endorsements (Racing, Kites & Wires, Adventure) a number of workshops will be held to enable them to upgrade to the new advanced qualification.
The workshops are a minimum of 10 hours meaning they can be completed in one day including an evening session or spread over 2 days. Candidates will be required to submit a log of personal sailing experience in the areas for which they are not currently endorsed along with a log of instructional experience including a minimum of 5 days at the level to which they are currently endorsed.

The workshop will also revalidate all their current SBSS qualifications.
Instructors already holding endorsements will remain valid to teach all levels in the new scheme for which they are currently endorsed.


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