The 2017 July Sailing Course will take place over three weeks commencing Monday July 3rd to Friday July 21st 2017
The 2017 August Sailing Course will take place over three weeks commencing on Tuesday August 8th to Friday August 25th 2017
2017 Junior Try Sailing Taster Course runs from Monday July 24th to Friday July 28th in two course sessions (Morning Course & Afternoon Course)
Our 2017 Adult Try Sailing Course runs from Monday July 24th to Friday July 28th in two course sessions (Morning Course & Afternoon Course) - booking for half day morning or afternoon.
The ISA Courses start each day 10am to 5pm Lunch break 1pm to 2pm
Registration on first day of course at 9.30am
Limited numbers of club boat available to hire strictly Restricted to Level 1 & 2 Sailors. Subject to Terms and Conditions including Deposit required covering any damage or loss of boat equipment.
Application forms will be available from February 2017
Logbooks are used on the course to track the progress of sailors. Please make sure you bring yours along, or if you don’t have on they can be purchased in the club.
The ISA have introduced a new syllabus. There are several new levels so there is a lot more choice in what kind of sailing you want to do. Information on the new syllabus can be found here http://www.sailing.ie/inside/default.asp?pageId=214
Please look at the information on this site for the level you are doing.
The new levels correspond to the old syllabus as follows
Once sailors have completed Improving Skills there is a choice of levels;
‘Advanced Boat Handling’ is a stepping-stone from the first 3 levels to the more advanced levels. The skills learned in this course are important in all aspects of sailing so it is a good general course to do.
Once a sailor has completed two of these courses they can progress to Go Racing 2, Adventure 2 or Kites and Wires 2 (naturally sailors should have completed the corresponding number 1 course)
A diagram explaining all this can be seen here http://www.sailing.ie/pops/courseOverviewPop.asp?image=SBSS3_web.jpg&title=Training%20-%20Small%20Boat%20Sailing%20Scheme
Passing your level is not the be all and end all of the course. Instructors will let you know how you are progressing throughout the course. If you don’t achieve the level that you are going for don’t worry, you have still got lots of experience on the water and you will hopefully have had lots of fun doing so. There is no need to rush through all the levels, take your time, learn lots and enjoy it.
We use a wristband system to keep track of sailors on the water. Each sailor is assigned a wristband that has a unique number and colour corresponding to their level. Sailors must take the wristband and wear it when they are going on the water and then return it when they come back in, both in the morning and the afternoon This is vitally important so that we can account for everybody on and off the water.
It is not advised to bring valuables with you to the course, but if necessary there is a safe box behind the bar.
What you wear when sailing has a big effect on whether you will enjoy the experience or not. If a child is too cold or gets sunburnt they are unlikely to want to get out on the water again!
Buoyancy Aid- make sure it fits properly and it is appropriate for the weight of the sailor. If it is damaged it needs replacing.
Wetsuit- Ireland is too cold not to wear a wetsuit! Sailors must wear a wetsuit. Even if it appears sunny the water is still very cold.
Footwear- wetsuit boots (booties) or old runners are appropriate. Flip flops are not allowed in and around the sailing club or when sailing as they do not protect the feet and can fall off easily.
Towel & shampoo/shower gel
Plastic bag to put wet clothes in
Please make sure your boat is seaworthy and has all the rigging and equipment needed. On the first day of the course the instructors will do a safety check on all the boats.
The Adult introduction to sailing course takes place this year from July 25th to 28th aboard a 1720 sailing boat. It is open to all adult club members. Interested members should contact the club house for further information on 028 20426.
If you are unsure how to rig your boat you can click the links below for instructions
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