What is Cruiser Sailing?
Sailing yachts are sailing boats with accommodation. This means that you can eat and sleep on board as well as fit in loads of friends and family. Because of their size and accommodation sailing yachts offer huge flexibility. Overnight trips, whole holidays as well as competitive racing are all possible with friends and family.
What is Motor Cruising?
Motor yachts are larger motor boats with accommodation. This means that you can eat and sleep on board as well as fit in loads of friends and family. Because of their size, accommodation and speed motor yachts let you explore where you want and then stay overnight. Yet they are usually easy enough to manage with only 2 people.
Why do an Irish Sailing Training Course?
An Irish Sailing training course provides the ideal way to get afloat for the first time, or to build on skills you already have. All courses are run to a syllabus used all over Ireland and will be lead by a trained and qualified ISA Instructor. Each course is carefully designed to provide you with all of the skills and confidence you need to get you out on the water and to get the most out of your boating.
Where to do your Irish Sailing Training Course?
Irish Sailing Training Centres have all gone through a rigorous accreditation process to ensure that they provide high quality training in a safe environment. With Training Centres based in every corner of Ireland there are plenty to choose from for training close to home or while on holiday.
Sailing Yacht Seabased Training Courses
These courses are run at sea on board a cruising yacht
Motor Yacht Seabased Training Courses
These courses are run at sea on board a motor yacht.
- Helmsman Certificate
- Day Skipper
- Yachtmaster Coastal (course attendance certificate)
Shorebased Navigation Courses
Irish Sailing has linked up with the RYA to provide most of their Shorebased Navigational training programmes. The certificates available are …
- Irish Sailing / RYA Day Skipper (Shorebased)
- Irish Sailing / RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore (Shorebeased)
- RYA Essential Navigation
- Irish Sailing Coastal Navigation for Small Boats
The Irish Sailing Yachtmaster Certificate records and certifies your ability as a master of a sailing or motor yacht. The qualifications are approved by the Irish government.
The Yachtmaster assessments are practical assessments run at sea. In order to be examined for the Yachtmaster Certificate you must apply directly to the Irish Sailing. Contact Nuala at email@example.com
Cruising Training CoursesThis table shows you the full range of cruising training courses available
|Type||Courses||Duration||Min age||Cert Available||Course content||Pre Requisites|
|Shorebased||Irish Sailing Coastal Navigation for Small Boats||8 hrs||n/a||Irish Sailing||Charts and publications, pilotage, tides, rules of the road, planning and more.||None|
|Shorebased||Essential Navigation & Seamanship Shorebased||16 hrs||n/a||Irish Sailing RYA||Charts and publications, safety, buoyage, tides, navigation, pilotage, rules of the road, anchoring, weather forecasts, passage planning & more.||None|
|Shorebased||Day Skipper Shorebased||40|
|n/a||Irish Sailing RYA||Seamanship, coastal navigation and pilotage, chartwork, electronic charts, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, weather forecasting and meteorology, tides, collision regulations & more.||Some practical experience is desirable|
|n/a||Irish Sailing RYA||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 & more.||Knowledge to Day Skipper shorebased standard|
|n/a||Irish Sailing RYA||The earth and the celestial sphere. Practical guide to use the care of sextant at sea. Meridian altitudes. Sun, star and other sights. Ocean passage planning & more.||Navigation to Co Skipper/YM Offshore shorebased standard. Coastal & offshore cruising experience|
|Liveaboard||Irish Sailing Hemsman|
|16||Irish Sailing||Terminology, engines, ropework, safety, courtesy to others, helmsmanship & manoeuvring, ruses of the road, weather.||None|
|Liveaboard||Irish Sailing Competent Crew Practical||5|
|12||Irish Sailing||Terminology, sail handling, ropework, safety, helmsanship, rules of the road, weather & more.||None|
|Liveaboard||Irish Sailing Day Skipper Practical|
Sail / Motor
|5 days||16||Irish Sailing||Engine, battery & fuel checks., stopcocks & stowage, safety checks, forecasting, planning, planning and crew briefing, rules of the road, weather, navigation & more.||5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours, Navigation knowledge to Day Skipper standard|
|Liveaboard||Irish Sailing Yachtmaster Coastal Practical|
Sail / Motor
|5 days||17||Irish Sailing||Consideration of capability of yacht and crew, navigation and strategy, provisioning, sea area and shipping forecasts, ports of refuge, tidal heights and streams, planning and crew briefing, charts and publications.||15 days, 2 as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours. Nav to Coastal Skip shorebased standard, sailing to Day Skip standard.|
|Onboard exam||Irish Sailing Yachtmaster Coastal Practical Assessment||6-10 |
|16||Irish Sailing||Assess a recreational sailors ability to skipper a sailing yacht under sail and auxiliary motor or motor yacht on coastal passages during daylight.||800 miles in tidal waters, 25 days at sea, 3 as skipper, 12 night hrs. (if hold shorebased cert – 600 miles, 20 days, 3 as skipper, 12 night hrs.) VHF.|
|Onboard exam||Irish Sailing Yachtmaster Offshore Practical Assessment||8-12 |
|18||Irish Sailing||Assess a recreational sailors ability to skipper a sailing under sail and auxiliary motor or motor yacht on a coastal and offshore passages during daylight and at night.||3000 miles in tidal waters, 50 days at sea, 6 as skipp, 30 night hrs, 6 varied passages + 60miles, 2 as skip. (if hold shorebased cert – 2500 miles, 50 days at sea, 6 as skipper, 30 night hrs, 6 varied passages + 60miles, 2 as skip.) VHF, Sea Survival, First Aid.|
|Onboard exam||Irish Sailing YM Ocean Practical Assessment||N/A||18||Irish Sailing||Assess a recreational sailor’s ability to skipper a sail or motor yacht on ocean passages out of sight of land without use of electronic aids.||ISA or RYA Offshore Practical Cert, Offshore passage not less than 600miles, +75miles offshore for min 200miles, at sea for min 96hrs.|
|Instructor||Yachtmaster Shorebased Instructor||2 days||18||RYA||For experienced RYA Yachtmaster Offshore skippers to be able to gain the skills required to instruct shorebased courses up to and including Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Theory.||RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore cert and completed Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased in last 5 years. Plus knowledge in excess.|
|Instructor||Cruising Instructor||5 days||18||RYA||For experienced RYA Yachtmaster Offshore skippers to be able to gain the skills required to instruct practical courses up to the level of ISA and RYA Day Skipper, under the management of an Yachtmaster Instructor.||Commercially endorsed RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Cert of Competence and experience well in excess of RYA Yachtmaster Offshore competence, completed PPR course. Pre course knowledge check.|
|Instruction||Yachtmaster Instructor||5 days||18||RYA||For experienced RYA Cruising Instructors to progress to being able to instruct both practical and theory courses up to ISA and RYA Yachtmaster Offshore.||RYA Cruising Instructor Cert, 2 years experience, current commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster cert, completed RYA PPR course, knowledge in excess of RYA Yachtmaster, logged 7000+ miles .|
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