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Frequently Asked Questions

We detail below some of the popular questions we get asked:

Which course should I do?

If you have never sailed before, you should do our Learn to Sail programme and we will introduce you to sailing with an Irish Sailing Start Sailing course. If you have sailed before, but it has been a while since your last lesson, call us to discuss your options.

How long are your courses?

Adult courses are arranged in blocks of four lessons. They can be over two full days at a weekend or four evenings. Teenage courses are run over five days, from Monday to Friday. We also offer private lessons to suit you.

Do you offer IRISH SAILING certification?

Yes. We are an Irish Sailing Training Centre and all our courses are designed to help you progress through the IS Small Boat Sailing Scheme.

Are there age limits?

There are some. The J80 is quite a big boat, which makes it unsuitable for young children to sail on their own, however they are welcome to participate in Try Sailing sessions with their parents or guardians. Our teenage keelboat courses are just for 13 to 18 year olds. Adult courses are open to anybody who is over 18.

Do you cater for people with medical conditions or disabilities?

Yes. Please advise us of any medical conditions which might affect your participation when you book your course. Our boats are not specifically adapted to cater for people with disabilities, but we are always keen to participate in new challenges. Please phone to discuss your specific requirements.

What type of clothing do I need?

It is always a bit colder at sea than it is on shore, so bring plenty of loose fitting layers. The deck of the boat can be slippy, so you will need a pair of trainers or deck shoes, with non- slip soles. We provide waterproof jackets and trousers to protect you from rain and spray, but bring your own if you prefer. It is always a good idea to bring a change of clothes for after sailing, in case you get wet.

Do I need a lifejacket?

Irish Law requires that anybody using a small boat must wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). We provide buoyancy aids that comply with European Standards for all course participants and these must be worn at all times on our boats.

What happens in bad weather?

Our Senior Instructors are trained to interpret weather forecasts and decide whether to go sailing or not. All our courses contain sections on theory which can be taught on shore if conditions are unsuitable for sailing. If we have to cancel a lesson, we will let you know as soon as possible and we will offer you a rescheduled lesson or a refund.

What if I can’t make my lesson?

If you can’t make your lesson please let us know as soon as possible. Customer cancellations are subject to our T&Cs, but we will try to reschedule your lesson for you.

How can I be sure?

Don’t just take our word for it. See what some of our other customers have said about their experience. Their comments can be found at the bottom of each Course page.