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Irish National Sailing School

Keelboat | Level 2 Sailing C-11

Start Date: October 19, 2024

Overview

Course Title :
Keelboat | Level 2 Sailing
Certification :
RYA Keelboat Level 2
Cost :
€325
Course Times :
9:30am-5pm each day, runs over two days

This level 2 course is the next step after getting to grips with the basics at Level 1. This highly informative and practical course is conducted on our fleet of J80 Keelboats. Our trainee to instructor ratio of 4:1 ensures plenty of time to focus on the skills of individual participants. This course develops your confidence and competence afloat as you make your way up the sailing ladder.

Level 2 concentrates on consolidating the skills covered on the level 1 programme, in addition to introducing the following manoeuvres and skills:

  • Reefing – making your sail area smaller to cope with weather conditions.
  • Learning how to pick up a mooring in a variety of wind and tidal conditions.
  • Learning how to come alongside a moored boat / pontoon.
  • Recovering a person fallen overboard.
  • Anchoring.

Successful participants will receive the RYA Keelboat Level 2 certificate.

Gear Provided

All wet gear and safety equipment is provided by us – we provide waterproof clothing and lifejackets. It really is just a case of getting yourself here and letting us do the rest!

The Boat – J80 Keelboat

J80s are 26 foot long stable and responsive keelboats. They’re sailed by crews of up to 6, however, on our courses there’ll be up to 4 students on board with the instructor.

Our cancellation policy for this course can be viewed here.

Next Steps

Once you have completed the Keelboat Level 2 course,  you can continue your sailing with the Irish National Sailing Club. View more information here.

  • 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 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.

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    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 ;)

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    12/09/2022
  • 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 ratingGreat atmosphere - Very friendly staff and great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend for a day out or lessons. Paddle board and kayak rentals are lots of fun.

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    24/06/2020
  • 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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