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Irish Sailing Senior Instructor

An Irish Sailing Senior Instructor is an experienced Instructor who has been trained to take on the task of leading a team of Irish Sailing Instructors in the safe and effective delivery of Irish Sailing accredited training courses within an Irish Sailing Training Centre. In doing so they will act as:

Leader, Manager, Technical Expert, and Instructor.

Am I Eligible to Become a Senior Instructor

The Pre-Requisites to becoming and Irish Sailing Senior Instructor for all courses are:

  • A valid Irish Sailing Instructor Certificate in the relevant discipline ie: SBSS, Go! Windsurfing, Powerboat or Inland,Waterways Scheme;
  • An instructor Endorsement (Racing, Adventure, K&W, New Advanced) or have completed a Pre-entry assesment within 12 months;
  • Be at least 19 years old;
  • A recommendation from a Club Officer or Centre Principal;
  • A recommendation from a Senior Instructor;
  • Valid First Aid Certificate from an approved course;
  • Sport Ireland Safe Guarding 1;
  • Irish Sailing Safety Boat Course; and
  • Your Logbook with at least 50 days (for SBSS or Go! Windsurfing) / 26 days (for Powerboat or Inland Waterways) working as an  Irish Sailing Instructor teaching the relevant Irish Sailing courses spread over 2 seasons in 2 or more different organisations.


What Will I Learn on an Irish Sailing Senior Instructor Course?

Role of the Senior Instructor:

Be able to describe the role of the Senior Instructor within;
– Irish Sailing Training Schemes
– Irish Sailing Training Centre

Centre Recognition & administration

Be able to describe how to obtain Irish Sailing Training Centre accreditation for an organisation.
Be able to identify where to find requirements for Irish Sailing Training Centre accreditation.
Be able to identify the principal requirements for Irish Sailing Training Centre accreditation.

Knowledge of Irish Sailing Training products

Be able to outline all Irish Sailing Training courses available and what boats they are available in or appropriate to.

Risk Control & Crisis Management

Be able to conduct a risk assessment.
Be able to devise and implement Standard Operating Procedures.
Have demonstrated the ability to identify hazards & risks during the delivery of watersports sessions and provide effective controls.
Be able to develop an Emergency Action Plan for a watersports centre.
Be able to describe when and how to contact relevant emergency services if required.
Have demonstrated that they can make appropriate decisions when under pressure.

Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance
Be able to identify the key components to, and indicators of;
– A well run watersports activity
– An effective teaching / coaching session
Have demonstrated the ability to support and coach staff in skills used in running teaching and activity sessions.


Be able to identify the primary objectives of staff and student briefing and debriefing.
Be able to plan and deliver effective staff briefings and debriefing.
Have demonstrated that they can communicate effectively.
Be able to deliver effective feedback to instructors and other members of the water sports team.

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