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Irish National Sailing School

Easter Courses – 2 (4-6 Years)

Start Date: April 2, 2024
Sea Explorers is the perfect opportunity to introduce your child to life in and around the sea. They can explore the local seafront and experience what it is like to have a trip on a pirate ship!

Overview

Course Title :
Easter Courses
Course Times :
9am - 12.30pm, Monday to Friday
Age Group :
Sea Explorers – 4-6 Years

Sea Explorers spend their day undertaking a wide variety of activities based around the water in Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Seapoint Beach. The day begins at our Clubhouse on the West Pier in Dun Laoghaire. After a short talk about the marine ecosystem students head to the outdoor classroom Seapoint Beach to explore the sea shore looking for all the marine wildlife. There’s a different focus each day so there’s always something new to explore.

Exploring the historic harbour and fun and games keep everyone entertained. The highlight of the day is the trip around the harbour on our Pirate Launches, where the landmarks of Dun Laoghaire harbour are explored aboard our launch boats flying our Pirate Flag – Argh!

The course fees are €150 per child (€120 for the bank holiday weeks).

Bookings

We’ll open bookings this month. You can be added to our bookings notification list here:

What parents think of the programme

“The course was interesting, exciting and my kids felt really safe in friendly surroundings. Thank you”

Programme Leader – Muriel Rumball

Muriel Rumball, a former primary school principal and our Science Foundation Ireland accredited DPSM (Discover Primary Science and Maths) programme co-ordinator, leads our Sea Explorers. Muriel is always happy to accommodate any requests, and is approachable for the entire duration of the programme.

What does my child need to bring

  • Raincoat/waterproof jacket
  • Change of Clothes
  • Wooly Hat
  • Old Trainers or Crocs
  • Packed Lunch

(Please ensure all belongings are named)

  • 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 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 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 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 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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