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Irish National Sailing School

Competent Crew and Day Skipper C-35

Start Date: October 21, 2024

Overview

Certification :
RYA Competent Crew and Day Skipper
Course Fees :
€800
Duration :
5-days
Times :
Dependent on destinations and weather conditions

Our Competent Crew and Day Skipper courses are designed to refine and build upon previously sailing experience with a view of crewing or skippering your own boat one day! Please note that these courses are run in conjunction and as a result share a booking page.

Where to meet

All courses meet at Dun Laoghaire Marina at 9.30am on first day of course.  The finish times of the course each day will vary depending on destinations and weather conditions.

The Boat

This course is held on board our Elan 36 ‘Beaufort Venture.’ It is a 36-foot cruising yacht with 6 berths, full kitchen including stove and fridge, as well as toilet and shower facilities.

Sleeping arrangements & berthing port overnight 

We will aim to berth overnight in Dun Laoghaire each evening, so that you will be free to head off home and re-join the boat in the morning.

Alternatively, if you do not live locally you are welcome to stay on board. We do not supply sleeping bags or sheets for the bunks, we require clients to bring their own sleeping bag and pillow for all courses.

There will be one late evening sail, the day of which will be agreed with the Skipper at the beginning of the week.

Gear Provided

We provide foul weather waterproofs and lifejackets.

  • 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.

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    20/08/2023
  • star ratingReally lovely staff, super friendly. Would highly recommend the kayak and paddle board rentals! Great with a small group or big group.

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    25/06/2020
  • star ratingAdvanced Power Boat Course - I would recommend anyone looking to improve their skills to attend this course. Excellent facilities, boats and really good instruction. Good craic with the group too. Will definitely do this again even though I got the cert.

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    05/12/2022
  • 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 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!

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    28/07/2020
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