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We aim to bring you regular updates about how the Coronavirus may affect your activities and how we can support you during this difficult time.

This page will bring you the latest update from Harry Hermon, changes Irish Sailing are implementing to help you through this crisis and a wide range of useful links that could help you personally, your club, centre, class, family or business.

If you have any questions at all please email and we are here to help.

Latest Update on COVID-19 and Irish Sailing

The LATEST UPDATES on Coronavirus and Irish Sailing

From Harry Hermon, CEO, Irish Sailing

Update 9th April 2021

Following An Taoiseach’s announcement last week and a discussion with Club commodores held over Zoom, the revised Level 5 Covid plan is published HERE. There are a number of queries arising from the meeting with Commodores, and we will publish an updated FAQ section in the coming days.

In the meantime stay safe,

Harry Hermon

Update: Wednesday 31 March 2021

Following An Taoiseach’s announcement yesterday on the further releasing of restrictions under Level 5, we are obviously disappointed that we have not been given a clear pathway to facilitate the planning for the reopening of our sports, however in the current Covid environment we fully understand the need for the cautious approach being taken by Government.  

The intent of the restrictions still, is to avoid personal contact and gatherings as much as possible. We have some queries that we hope to get clarity on next week, however as we understand it the main points of the current level 5 enhancements as they affect Irish Sailing activities are:

From 12th April

  • You can travel within your own county or within 20km of your home if crossing county boundaries

From 26th April:

  • Outdoor sports facilities can reopen and sailing clubs may remain open.
  • Sailing activities may take place between a maximum of two households
  • School aged children may resume training using the pod system (pods of 15)
  • No matches or events may take place (other than exempted events)

There is no change to the restrictions for the Operation of ports and harbours which are deemed essential. Any service required for the safe provision of a service for the operation of ports and harbours is allowed.

We are seeking some clarity in particular around activities allowed for ‘distanced’ sport and training and will publish further updates as soon as we have them.

Until then any queries may be addressed to

Update, Monday 29th March 2021

We are very conscious that there is much anticipation around returning to training and competition as the summer draws near, and we have been working hard behind the scenes with Sport Ireland, the Government’s Sport Expert Group, and our partner National Governing Bodies to put forward the case to present our sports as low risk, outdoor and non-contact.

We know the Sport Expert Group has recommended a return for competition and training for our sport, however we have had little advance indication of how Government intends to start relaxing restrictions. Hopefully we will have a clearer picture this week.

We greatly appreciate the patience you have all shown during these pandemic times and we will continue to communicate and share any developments on the re-opening of sport as we receive them.

Until then, stay safe.

Harry Hermon

Update: 25th  February 2021 - Living with Covid Plan

The Government’s revised plan published earlier in the week focuses on the phased return of schools and childcare. There is little change to the published five levels of the ‘Living with Covid Plan’ (now detailed in the appendices on page 46 of the ‘Resilience & Recovery Plan 2021’ ) and as with previous transitions between levels, there will be ‘amendments’ published, based on the most recent medical advice at the time. In the meantime we remain under current Level 5 Restrictions  until 5th April at the earliest when Government has stated that the “staggered start of easing of other areas of restriction with a focus on outdoor activities including sport” may be considered.

We understand this is making planning for the season ahead very difficult and we are continuing to work closely with Sport Ireland, the Sport Expert Group, and our partner National Governing Bodies to prioritise the reopening of sport and to provide timely information as restrictions start to ease.

You can read the full Government update here:

If you have any additional queries, please email me and we will do our best to clarify any of the Government’s guidelines.

Safe Sailing

Harry Hermon

Update 5th January 2021        

As we know in the current environment where cases of infection are rising,  the parameters for the ‘Living with Covid’ plan are changing regularly and becoming more restrictive, it should be noted that the intent of current guidelines is to minimise movement of people and contact as much as possible. As restrictions are being tightened, it is appropriate to err on the side of caution.

The current guidelines as they relate to Exercise and Sporting Events, restricts any form of organised or supervised activity/training, however they do allow for people to take part in exercise on an individual basis without the need for others to be involved.

With this in mind, the fundamental principles on which to base the decision to go afloat throughout the pandemic thus far have not changed:

  1. Compliance -  with Restrictions
  2. Personal Responsibility -  for decision making
  3. Self Help – returning to shore without the need of outside assistance
  4. Risk Assessment – to ensure for  safe and objective decision making

We have been asked by the Minister to put in a formal submission directly to the Department to highlight any changes we feel are appropriate that would facilitate continued activities through the different levels of the Government’s Living with Covid Plan, without increasing the risk of spread of the virus. The key issue for us is to lobby (along with other non contact sports where competition presents no greater risk then training) for competitive activities to resume in levels where training and coaching activities are allowed. Our submission to the Department is due for 8th January, and we hope to be able to give you a little more certainty with planning for 2021 in the coming weeks.

In the meantime we have published updated FAQ’s based on queries that have arisen from the most recent announcement, and we will continue to provide updates as soon as we can, following any further announcements.

If you have any additional queries, please email me and we will do our best to clarify any of the Government’s guidelines.

Safe Sailing

Harry Hermon

▶ Irish Sailing Plan for Living with COVID-19 Level 5 with Amendments 1 Jan 2021

▶ FAQs @ 5 Jan 2021

Training Updates during COVID-19

@ 26/03/2020


In order to try and minimise the impact of these restrictions and allow for activities to return to some kind of normal as soon as possible when the situation allows Irish Sailing will be putting the following arrangements in place to ensure the availability of Instructors, Advanced Instructors and Senior Instructors. The exact requirements for some of these arrangement are still being finalised and will be published as Training Notices through our usual communications channels.

Postponed / Cancelled Instructor Courses

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 postponed along with Advanced Sailing Instructor and Senior Instructor courses.

Instructor CPD / Revalidation

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.

Emergency Care certification requirements

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.

Safeguarding Courses during 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.

The following steps must be taken:

  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 to Nuala at with your name, address and date of birth.
  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

Senior Instructor Briefings

The annual Senior Instructor briefings  will take place in late May / early June ahead of the core Club summer training courses commencing. These will focus on managing courses with regard to the arrangements which have been made for newly qualifying instructors and instructors unable to revalidate. The Senior Instructor briefings will be a requirement for any Senior Instructors requiring re-validation or returning with a lapsed qualification. If the continued development of the situation indicates that it will not be possible to hold these in person ahead of courses resuming they will be held online.

Training Centre Inspections

The normal programme of Training Centre inspections will be suspended for the 2020 season. Inspections will be replaced by support visits from Irish Sailing personnel 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.

Guidance Document

Irish Sailing will be producing a guidance document outlining the arrangements which have been put in place to manage the impact of the current restrictions. It will also outline the kind of adjustments to procedures which may need to be put in place to manage these arrangements while ensuring the safety of operations.

Online resources

Irish Sailing will look at what kind of online resources can be made available to Instructors and Training Centres to assist in preparing for the sailing season during this period of suspended activity.

The restrictions imposed by the measure to minimise the spread of the COVID-19 virus have had a very direct impact on instructor training at all levels particularly as this is typically the peak time of year for instructors training and up-skilling across all our disciplines.

Sail and motor cruising courses;

The following variations to the standard Irish Sailings requirements will be permitted during the 2020 season to allow cruising schools to restart the season as soon as the situation permits.

Centres delivering courses under the cruising scheme up to Day Skipper practical (Sail or Motor), may day-sail from their home port and relax the requirement to live aboard. Exam preparation courses, where possible, may be delivered without living on board.

Training Centres may, if they are satisfied that the syllabi can be sufficiently covered, combine courses at different levels to make a viable course. In doing so the specific requirements of the individual students on board must be taken into account. In some cases it may also be prudent to reduce student numbers to provide sufficient instructional time and/or space onboard.

Federation of Irish Sport Information and Resources COVID-19

26 March 2020

The Federation of Irish Sport share valuable information and resources to help you.

Dept of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

  • The government has announced a National COVID-19 Income Support Scheme. This will provide financial support to Irish workers and businesses affected by the crisis.
  • If you have concerns about your ability to pay your tax liabilities speak to the Revenue Commissioners, who have advised: "On an on-going basis, Revenue engages with viable businesses experiencing temporary cash flow or trading difficulties that affect the timely payment of tax. Revenue works very successfully with businesses that engage early to resolve their tax payment difficulties. Revenue will engage with any viable business thatexperiences temporary cashflow difficulties, including difficulties arising from exceptional circumstances such as the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.”

Dept of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

  • A number of income supports are available from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection for your employees during a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) related absence or temporary lay-off from work:
    - Employees and the self-employed who have lost employment due to a downturn in economic activity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
    - Workers who are not diagnosed with COVID-19 but who self-isolate
    - Workers whose employers do not supplement/top-up the State Illness Benefit payment (COVID-19)
    - Workers who are requested to stay at home by their employer (COVID-19)
    - Workers who are laid off temporarily or put on to short time working (COVID-19)]
    - Workers who need to take time off work to care for a person affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Dept of Finance

  • Extensive supports for SME customers – banks are working to ensure a wide range of credit, cash flow and supply chain supports are offered to businesses who are trying to manage the pressures arising from COVID-19. A deferral of up to 3-months on loan repayments will be of assistance to many businesses
  • If you need to place your employees on a shorter working week or have had to cut their hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic, your employees can apply for Short Time Work Support.

Department of Health

Department of Tourism Transport and Sport

  • WHO has declared CoVid-19 as a pandemic and all sport has been suspended.
  • Government enforces restrictions on groups of 4 people

Department of Rural and Community Development plan can be found here:

Sports Capital Funding

  • As resources are diverted in response to the challenge posed to the nation by COVID-19 the level of service provided may be affected.

FAQ’s for Employers and Employees in relation to Home-Working on a temporary basis (COVID-19)

As members of the Alliance for Insurance we recommend you follow their work in relation to insurance matters impacted by COVID-19. You will find updates on their work at or on twitter @InsuranceRefIre


Key Updates
Here are some important additions, resources and updates for you: –  The Government has announced a National Covid-19 Income Support Scheme to provide financial support to Irish workers and companies and effected by the crisis. Other measures relevant to all citizens (including sporting events) are announced there. – More than 60,000 applications were made to the HSE’s recruitment drive for staff to join the fight against Covid-19. This may be a useful message to spread to the sporting community to encourage the passing on of that information to medical practitioners within its ranks. – The Department of Health information in relation to Covid-19 can be accessed through their website. – Information on measures including Microfinance Ireland Covid-19 Loan could be relevant to NGBs and clubs. – Up to date international Covid-19 information can be sourced from the World Health Organisation website. – The news section has links to the HSE guidelines and information on social distancing.


Social distancing graphics for premises floors can be found here: