Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School Courses

Explore Dublin Bay while learning a new skill. We’ve 40 years of experience getting people afloat.

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About Us

The Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School is based on the West Pier, Dun Laoghaire, in County Dublin. Since our establishment in 1978, we have provided sailing and powerboat training to approximately 170,000 trainees. We have a team of full-time instructors which allows us get you on the water all year round. We have a great passion for our sport and enjoy nothing more than introducing it to beginners for the first time. Whether you have been sailing for many years or are a complete beginner, we would love to get you on the water with us. 

Experienced Staff

Our qualified instructors are passionate about sailing and passing on their knowledge.

Personal Development

There is something for everyone no matter your age or ability, our courses are sure to provide you with a challenge.

Modern Methods

Children are divided into age categories and level of experience. We believe in learning through pressure-free, relaxed and fun environment.

Trusted School

After over 40 years in existence we believe our experience, excellent reputation, hospitality and competitive prices are a combination that offers you, our customer, an excellent experience every time!

safe and fun

What Makes the INSS Stand Out

We prioritise the health and safety of our students while learning through fun.

We understand that as a parent, your child's safety is paramount. At Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School, we believe our students deserve to be in the best hands at all times. Students will be taught by one of our team of experienced instructors and we are fully insured. We have an excellent safety record and pride ourselves on this and our superb reputation.

The training ground for the majority of our courses is the picturesque Dublin Bay, which is ideal for sailing. On our advanced yacht sailing courses we head further afield to Malahide and Greystones.

Our team here at the INSS is experienced and highly trained and fully insured. We pride ourselves on having a passionate and skilled team of instructors to teach our courses. 

Irish National Sailing School

Booking Process

Browse our courses ranging from children's camps, adult dinghy, keelboat, powerboat and mroe

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Find the Course for You

We have a range of courses for any age or ability.

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Book

Find your preferred course and dates and follow our easy booking system.

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Start The course

We provide all necessary gear so just arrive on the day ready to learn!

Explore Courses

Whether you want to introduce your child to the world of sailing or are an adult looking
to learn how to confidently crew a boat, we offer a variety of courses for all skill levels.

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Irish National Sailing School Invites You to Sail

We are an open and friendly sailing school. We have a wide variety of craft available for teaching on all our courses. From our most basic small yaks to our teaching yacht, all craft are perfectly suited to teach every level from novices on their first day of powerboating to the advanced driver going to sea in rougher weather.

IT'S A GOOD DAY

We Will Help You Achieve Your Goal

We put emphasis on making our classes interesting and diverse with a particular focus on the practical skills and getting on the water.

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Our instructors are on the water with the students, allowing for individualised instruction.

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Numerous course dates to fit around a busy schedule.

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The picturesque Dublin Bay adds an extra layer of enjoyment to courses.

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Each instructor is passionate about sailing and brings personal experiences to their teaching.

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An opportunity to discover a love of the sea and develop new skills.

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A wide variety of available course options, including children and and adult lessons.

A FAMILY BUSINESS RUNNING FOR OVER 40 YEARS

We strive to ensure a friendly and familial environment

Set up by Alistair Rumball in 1978, the sailing school had very humble beginnings, with the original clubhouse on Dun Laoghaire’s main street. Throughout the late 1970s and 1980s the business began to establish a foothold, and in 1991 the Irish National Sailing School relocated to its current premises at the foot of the West Pier.

Throughout the 1990s the business continued to build on its reputation and became the training institution of choice for budding sailors. The 2000s saw the business break barriers – firstly by introducing more people to the water than any other organisation, and secondly pioneering low cost course fees and making sailing more accessible for everyone.

  • star ratingHooked! - My 12 year old goes to Saturday sailing club after doing summer camp. He’s hooked and absolutely loves it! The instructors are great and very good with the kids - if you live locally with kids, it’s a no brainier!

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    08/10/2022
  • star ratingAmazing! Well worth it and I enjoyed every bit of it! - Firstly, Jess (our instructor) was amazing! I was a bit nervous starting this course as I didn't know what to expect but Jess made it so easy to understand everything and I absolutely, thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it! As a result, I'll be booking more courses with them soon.

    I think the school is excellent, the structure of the courses are excellent and the instructors are very very good at what they do and I just want to thank Jess and everyone else involved for not only making it an excellent weekend but also giving me an interest in something that I want to stick with for the rest of my life!

    If there were 100 stars to choose from instead of just 5, I'd choose 110 😉

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    12/09/2022
  • star ratingRockpooling & kayaking - We did once off rock pooling and kayaking and it was great fun. The kids had great fun and they allowed me to go ith them too. In the end the kids jumped off the pontoon and it was just pure giggles and laughs

    avatar thumb Shyamis
    05/08/2018
  • star ratingExcellent experience all round. Best of all was how real every dimension was approached, from sailing as a theoretical and practical activity, with complexity and simplicity in balance, to great food, great feedback, honesty and integrity.

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    21/01/2024
  • star ratingGreat experience  - Came here with my mom for a stand up paddle board rental, the staff went above and beyond to be super friendly and the experience was great and good value!

    avatar thumb lizzyvallely
    28/07/2020
  • star ratingReally lovely staff, super friendly. Would highly recommend the kayak and paddle board rentals! Great with a small group or big group.

    avatar thumb megancV1820DD
    25/06/2020

Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School

West Pier, Dun Laoghaire, Co.Dublin

Phone

+353 1 2844195

Email

sailing@inss.ie