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Skipper A Yacht in the Summer

By Glyn Williams, Thursday, 19th July 2018 | 0 comments
Filed under: Adult Sailing.

Thinking of skippering a yacht on Holiday? Here's our suggested route to take to become qualified and competent to skipper a yacht on holiday by next Summer!

Take the first steps with a Competent Crew Practical courses before the end of this Summer, join us in the classroom to get your navigation and theory up to scratch and then undertake the Day Skipper Practical Course in the new year and you'll be ready to take your friends or family on the holiday of a lifetime!

Step 1: Competent Crew Course – Train to be an effective crew member aboard a yacht

Experience living on board and really get to know the boat. Virtually all the course is hands on. You are the crew - without you the sails won't go up and the boat won't be steered. By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day duties on board.

Complete a Competent Crew Course this August

  • Course 21: 30th July - 3rd August
  • Course 22: 2nd-6th August
  • Course 23: 7th-11th August
  • Course 24: 17th-19th, 25th, 26th August
  • Course 25: 20th-24th August
  • Course 26: 27th-31st August

Full course details…

Step 2: Learn to Navigate at Sea – RYA Day Skipper Theory Course

The next step is to complete a RYA Day Skipper Theory Course. We offer two options, either an online course that takes about 40 hours and can be completed in your own time, or a classroom course, lead by one of our experienced instructors. Our full schedule of dates this Autumn and Winter are listed below.

2018 Course 2: Saturdays (10am-5pm) & Thursdays (6.30pm-10.30pm)

  • September: Saturday 15th, Thursday 20th, Saturday 22nd, Thursday 27th, Saturday 29th
  • October: Thursday 4th, Saturday 6th

2018 Course 3: Saturdays (10am-5pm) & Thursdays (6.30pm-10.30pm)

  • October: Thursday 25th, Saturday 27th
  • November: Saturday 3rd, Thursday 8th, Saturday 10th, Thursday 15th, Saturday 17th

2019 Course 1: Saturdays (10am-5pm) & Thursdays (6.30pm-10.30pm)

  • February: Saturday 2nd, Thursday 7th, Saturday 9th, Thursday 14th, Saturday 16th, Thursday 21st. Saturday 23rd

Full Course Details…

Step 3: Day Skipper Practical – Learn to Skipper a Yacht

The final step is to undertake the 5-day Day Skipper Course, we’ll shortly announce the Spring dates for this programme and would recommend to build on the theory course as soon as you can. You’ll learn how to safely skipper a modern cruising yacht, and at the end of this programme, be ready to head to sea with friends or family. At the end of the programme, you’ll be eligible for an ICC (international certificate of competency) which most charter companies would look for before chartering a yacht.

Full Course Details…

Reduce the Cost of Training - DaySkipper All-In-One Package

Package your Competent Crew, Day Skipper Theory and Practical for a discounted price, saving €299. Learn More...

What to do next?

Contact our office team who’ll be able to advise you about the programme on 01 2844195 or sailing@inss.ie.



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