Participants are recommended to have the following experience, minimum 15 days at sea; 300 miles logged, and at least 8 hours at night and 2 days as skipper. Prior to this course, it is recommended that you will have completed the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Theory Course, or have knowledge to an equivalent standard.
Prior to the course, we ask that you download and print a copy of our yachting course registration form. If you have any medical conditions, allergies or are undergoing any medical treatment we ask that you fill out a copy of our Medical Declaration Form. There’s no need to get the forms to us prior to the morning of the course, and we have plenty of spares on hand too.
The course starts at 9.30am on the first day. Registration on the first day is completed in a matter of seconds, so please don’t feel under any pressure to get to us early.
It’s recommended that you have theoretical and navigation knowledge to the standard of the RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased Course. We’d recommend looking over notes/practising your navigation to act as a refresher prior to the course.
We require a passport photograph to issue the Coastal Skipper Course Completion Certificate. If you can, please have one with you at registration, however, you can drop one in to the school over the duration of the course.
Included in the course fee is the use of our Gill Sailing clothing which is designed for offshore racing and cruising. We also provide Crewsaver Lifejackets and safety harnesses for all crew members. We do not provide footwear for our clients, but we do recommend soft soled, non-marking shoes with good grip. Sailing deck shoes or boots are recommended. You are welcome to use all your own equipment however we reserve the right to inspect your lifejacket prior to heading out on to sea. If deemed not to be compliant with standards you will be required to use one of ours.
At all times on board there will be a large stock of tea, coffee and biscuits as well as drinking water. Please find a sample menu below. We may also head ashore for meals to get a break away from the boat.
Sleeping arrangements & berthing ports overnight
We will aim to berth overnight most nights on a marina on the East Coast so that if you have a requirement that does not allow you to spend a night aboard, you should be free to head off and re-join the boat in the morning. Due to the nature of the course, we will aim to sail longer distances than the Day Skipper Course, so if you need to be away from the boat on a specific night please let us know early, so we can plan a course schedule around this. We will be berthed in a marina for most nights and there will be full shower and toilet facilities available in all the marinas.
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.
Where to Attend…
Our clubhouse is the first building on the West Pier. You can't miss us once you get close; we’re a white building with our name displayed in large lettering. Landmarks close-by include The Purty Kitchen Seafood Restaurant and the West Pier Filling Station.
We are well served by public transport; the nearest DART Station is Salthill & Monkstown. Bus numbers 7, 7A, 45A, 46A, 59, 746, 111, 63 and 75 all serve Dun Laoghaire and are a few minutes’ walk from the clubhouse.
For further information on how to find us please click here.
You might also consider some further training, including obtaining a VHF Radio license. We run the department of marine recognised course.
Please note that by taking a booking with us, you agree to our terms and conditions. Our cancellation policy for this course can be viewed here.
If there’s anything we can help you with between now and your course, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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