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Irish National Sailing School

Coastal Navigation for Small Boats

Start Date: March 13, 2024
The Coastal Navigation for Small Boats course is a short theory course that is ideal for powerboaters. The course is certified by Irish Sailing (national governing body for sailing and powerboating in Ireland) and will teach you all the fundamental navigational skills needed to safely operate a powerboat on longer trips away from base. This course satisfies the navigation and theory pre-requisits for the Irish Sailing Intermediate Powerboat Certificate and Irish Sailing Advanced Powerboat Certificate.

Overview

Course Title :
Coastal Navigation for Small Boats

What you’ll be able to do

  • Interpret Weather forecasts, source information and plan accordingly
  • Chartwork; identify distances, plot positions, determine course to steer and more
  • Understand how to utilise electronic aids to navigation; GPS, Electronic Chart Plotter and more
  • Calculate tidal heights
  • Identify Buoyage at both day and night
  • Prepare detailed passage plans, using charts, interpreting the effect of tide and weather
  • Understand and comply with IRPCS

The course fees are €190, including all course materials.

Our cancellation policy for this course can be viewed here.

Course Dates 2024

Courses run on dates and times indicated below.

  • Course 1: Saturday 13th and Saturday 20th January (10am-5pm both Saturdays)
  • Course 2: Tuesday 12th, Thursday 14th, Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st March (6pm-9.30pm each evening)
  • Course 3: Saturday 22nd and Saturday 29th June (10am-5pm both Saturdays)
  • Course 4: Tuesday 17th, Thursday 19th, Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th September (6pm-9.30pm each evening)
  • star ratingGreat sailing school in the tidal waters of Dublin Bay - I have just done the RYA Competent Crew course here, five-days aboard the 36-foot Beaufort Venture under the guidance of instructor Gary Curran. The whole week surpassed my expectations, and I cannot praise Gary's teaching style highly enough. We covered the syllabus with clear, safety-focused instructions, followed by lots of hands-on practice. He was patient when things didn't always go right first time, and challenged us to step up our skills when he thought we were ready. We got lots and lots of sailing in conditions ranging from 10 to 30 knots of wind, and the Beaufort Venture is a comfortable and forgiving boat to sail. I won't name check my wonderful shipmates, but I can say that after this week of instruction and encouragement I've raised my sailing ambitions to a higher level. The INSS under Kenny Rumball are super-well organised, and supported us with all the advice, equipment, clothing and food we needed. A great week, and I strongly recommend the INSS to anyone wanting to start sailing or to build their skills.

    avatar thumb PatrickKinsella
    01/07/2017
  • 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 ;)

    avatar thumb 1V426
    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 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!

    avatar thumb Gary C
    08/10/2022
  • star ratingCompetent Crew Course - Excellent Instructor - Having done a few courses with the INSS over the summer of 2023, and some sailing on the Mediterranean, doing the Competent Crew course with others who were doing the Day Skipper course at the same time was the highlight of my time learning how to sail. The reason it was the highlight was largely due to the course instructor Shona O'Dowd (I made certain to get her full name before leaving to give her the credit she deserved). Huge knowledge and experience mixed with a great attitude, with friendliness, patience and approachability making Shona stand out and make each day of the course something to look forward to regardless of weather or experience level. Shona guided practical use of all facets of sailing knowledge excellently and never micromanaged or tried to exert too much control, thereby never limiting the learning that can take place for students.

    This teaching style is difficult to find, having seen a variety of instructors and their styles, in different countries and even within the INSS, and so you will be very lucky if you get Shona on your boat when it comes your turn to learn the ropes (literally). All in all, the Competent Crew course was very enjoyable, and I just wanted to give credit where it was due.

    avatar thumb Maps57686967283
    20/08/2023
  • 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.

    avatar thumb bobsS9026OX
    21/01/2024
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