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Careers on the Water: Sailing and Powerboat Instructing Internship Programme

By Kenneth Rumball, Wednesday, 25th July 2018 | 0 comments
Filed under: INSS News, Adult Sailing, Powerboating.

The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School is keen to help develop careers and opportunities within the marine industry.

There is a resurgence of interest in getting out and enjoying the water in Ireland and the demand for excellent sailing and powerboating instructors is on the increase. We understand that for many the job of training people on the water is something they have viewed as a weekend or summer job throughout college but the demographics have shifted, and no longer can training in these areas be considered something only for a couple of months in the summer, evidenced by our busy year-round schedule of teaching.

To help grow the talent pool, the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School has opened an internship programme for the period of September – May. To begin with, we are looking for two interns to join us for this training/internship programme. No prior instructing experience is required by any candidates, as all training will be provided as part of the internship program. 

While the main sailing season gets quieter after the busy summer months, the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School is still busy with schools group, yachting and much more.  With a diverse fleet of nearly 300 craft there is also a considerable maintenance schedule that cannot be underestimated.  The ideal candidates need only have a ‘can-do’ attitude with an appetite for work in the sailing & powerboating industry. 

The internships we are offering will give hands on experience in all areas of a sailing & powerboat school.  Experience is guaranteed in everything from office duties, to teaching both sailing and powerboating and will also include maintenance experience on all aspects of our fleet. The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School has grown to be one of the largest sailing and powerboat training centres on the British Isles and candidates will benefit immensely from the experience gained here.

Alongside all of this, we are offering professional qualifications including;

  • Irish Sailing National Powerboat Certificate
  • Irish Sailing Safety Boat Certificate
  • Department of the Marine VHF SRC Certification
  • First Aid at Sea Certification
  • RYA Yachtmaster Theory Certification
  • RYA Dayskipper Practical Certification
  • RYA Dinghy Instructor Pre-Entry
  • RYA Dinghy Instructor Certification

Other courses may be considered such as;

  • ISAF Offshore Safety Certification
  • Irish Sailing Advanced Powerboat Certification


Applications are now open, a cover letter and current CV should be emailed to  Please note places will be limited.

Need more information?

Please contact our centre manager, Kenneth Rumball:

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