Shorebased Navigation Courses

The ISA Cruising Scheme has been undergoing a review which was initiated in late 2014 to identify the most effective and sustainable system for training cruising sailors in Ireland. The following changes are now implemented -
  • ISA accredited Training Centres will continue to issue practical and shore based ISA certification.

  • ISA shorebased schools will now use RYA shore based packs and syllabus for their training and ISA certificates will be issued.

  • Further information on the changeover are available on our newsfeed article here.
In summary: All certification will continue to be ISA qualifications and ISA Cruising training centres will continue to be accredited by the ISA. The ISA theory training will be run using RYA shore packs, and there are no changes to the ISA practical cruising scheme.

If you would like further clarification of any of the changes or details on the Instructor conversions please contact Gail MacAllister  

There are 4 courses available. 

Coastal Navigation for Small Boats (from the original ISA scheme)

  • 1 day course
  • Suitable for sailors using open keelboats, dinghies and catamarans as well as powerboaters who are starting to go further afield. 

Day Skipper

  • 40 hours course time, plus exam
  • For sailors and motorboaters who will be cruising on coastal passages around Ireland and our islands and in familiar waters.
  • Some practical experience is desirable.
  • Course contains Seamanship, coastal navigation and pilotage, chartwork, electronic charts, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, weather forecasting and meteorology, tides, collision regulation

Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore40 hours course time, plus exam

  • For those planning on cruising to Scotland, the South Coast of England or France and undertaking more extended offshore and overnight passages.
  • Knowledge to Day Skipper shorebased standard is required.
  • Course contains position fixing, course shaping and plotting, tidal knowledge, use of almanacs and admiralty publications, electronic position finding equipment, taking and interpreting forecasts, plotting weather systems, weather predictions using a barometer.

Yachtmaster Ocean

  • 40 hours course time, plus exam
  • For those Offshore sailors who are now planning on escaping on their sail or motor yachts by crossing the Atlantic to the Canaries, Azores, Caribbean and beyond.
  • Navigation to Coastal Skipper / YM Offshore shorebased standard , Coastal and offshore cruising experience required.
  • Course contains the earth and the celestial sphere, practical guide to use and care of sextant at sea, Meridian altitudes, Sun, star and other sights, Ocean passage planning
All courses are run to a syllabus and with standard RYA course materials being used all over Ireland. Courses will be lead by a trained and qualified ISA Instructors that have been trained through the RYA Instructor Training programme. Each course is carefully designed to provide you with all of the skills and confidence you need to get out on the water and to get the most out of your boating.

Centres that run courses throughout the country.

 Centre Web Address
 Atlantic Navigation Services
 BIM National Fisheries College
 Carlingford Sail Training Centre
 Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club
 National Maritime College of Ireland
 Sailing Ireland
 Scouting Ireland - Dun Laoghaire Sea Scouts
 Sea Craft
 Seatec Maritime Training
 Shackleton OEC
 Sovereign Sailing
 VHF & Chartplotter Training
 Waterford Harbour Sailing Club
 Wexford Harbour Boat & Tennis Club

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