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Phase 1 | What's Running?

By Glyn Williams, Sunday, 17th May 2020 | 0 comments
Filed under: INSS News, Adult Sailing, Powerboating.

We’ve a very limited range of activities that can happen in Phase 1.

Subject to further advise, we’ve a very limited range of activities exclusively for families or household groups, and of course for those who are living within the 5km limit.

Prior to staring these activities, we’re undertaking a comprehensive training programme for staff, both on a new COVID-19 operating procedure and risk assessments for specific activities. We’ll publish all documents so that customers can see what we’re doing prior to making any bookings. The safety of staff, customers and the wider community is the foundation of everything planned, so please accept our apologies in advance if the service we provide is more limited than previously.

Rental and Charter

1720, RIB, Kayak and Paddleboard rental will commence on Wednesday 20th of May (subject to permission, guidance from Irish Sailing and RNLI/Coastguard advice on watersports).

Details of each is available here:

Each activity will take place within strict new procedures. Please work with us to keep everyone safe.

Online Courses

Online courses will continue, and we provide the list below.

Day Skipper Theory

It’s probably a long way off, but why not get ready for that holiday in the future where you skipper your own yacht? We’ve a three course programme to take a beginner to skipper level on yachts. Two 5-day practical courses are required, but there’s also a 40 hour theory course, which can be completed in advance. Check out this programme here.

Yachtmaster Theory Online

Why not take the Yachtmaster course online? Check out the details here. We’ve also got a fast-track Yachtmaster course for those without formal navigation and theory training to date. Give us a call on 01 2844195 or email for more details on this.

Commercial Workboats - Emergency and Essential Charter

Our fleet of commercial workboats, licenced by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport remain ready for emergency or essential work charter, from pollution control to works access and safety provision. One advantage of our fleet is that they are some of the largest boats in class, meaning that a crew of two people plus operator can safely social distance while on board. Our sister organisation Irish National Marine Services looks after this aspect of services. Learn More…

Looking further ahead…

We’ll restart other activities only when it’s safe to do so. There are plans being developed to manage the minute details of this, but we’re very conscious that it will not be a normal return to service. We are fortunate to have on our management team a variety of expertise beyond that of just boating. Included on our team is previous experience of working in biomedical institutions, including dealing with biological agents and viruses. We’ll be leveraging this and other skills to draw up comprehensive plans, but the bottom line will be if we can’t operate safely, we won’t.

Training programmes will commence when adequate infection control measures are possible.

The whole team at the Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School wishes our customers, friends and fellow staff well, stay safe and we look forward to getting back afloat when it’s safe to do so.

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