Child Protection

Safeguarding Objective

Irish Sailing is committed to ensuring the well-being and safety of anyone taking part in activities run by us or any of our affiliated organisations. We recognise that we all hold a particular responsibility towards those children and vulnerable adults who choose to participate in our sports and activities.

Safeguarding Systems

As part of our commitment to ensuring that all of our water sports are accessible, fun and safe for children and vulnerable adults the 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 including:

  • 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)

By following the principles, policy and practical guidelines contained in the Code, Junior Organisers, Committee Members and Instructors can play their part in providing a safe and enjoyable environment in which children can learn and thrive.

Booking Details

To book a place on a course please contact the Irish Sailing Office at

Currently scheduled Safeguarding Courses can be found on our Current Training Courses page.

The cost of the course is €15 per person payable through the Irish Sailing shop here.

There is a minimum requirement of 8 attendees for the course to run, failure to reach minimum numbers 7 days prior to the course commencing will mean course is cancelled.

If you would like to organise a course in your area please contact the Safeguarding tutor for your region – all found here, or contact Nuala in training on

Safeguarding Revalidation

The first Safeguarding 1 course a person attends must be the 3hr Classroom based course and this is valid for 3 years. This is the same for an Irish Sailing Instructor and / or Club Volunteer / Staff member. A person can attend another SG1 Classroom Course or do the Sport Ireland Online Refresher Course here which will revalidate their Safeguarding Certificate for 5 more years and will need to be done every 5 years there after.

Other Safeguarding Courses:

Irish Sailing accepts other Sport Ireland / Sport Northern Ireland Safeguarding 1 Courses and Online Refresher Courses (after initial attended class course) that can be run by Local Sport Partnerships and other NGBs and Scouting Ireland Stage 3 Code of Ethics Courses.

Irish Sailing will accept Occupational Safeguarding Courses such as for Careworkers in TUSLA, Physical Education Teachers in Dept of Education and Nursing in Dept. of Health where there is a valid certificate shown. However we recommend that people should attend their Sport Specific Training Courses provided by Irish Sailing as best practice to understand the nuances of sailing in Ireland.

Irish Sailing cannot not accept RYA Safe ‘n Fun Online courses or Tusla Online Courses as the primary course.

If you have a specific query to Safeguarding Recognition please contact our National Children’s Officer: 087 88007744

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