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What's still running?

By Glyn Williams, Thursday, 30th April 2020 | 0 comments
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Just like every other operator in our sector, times are tough.

As you would expect, we’ve dramatically scaled back our operations, to keep our customers and staff safe as well as the wider community. It’s no longer possible to only be responsible for oneself, but everyone has a wider responsibility to everyone. While its very difficult for our team, there’s no where we’d rather be right now than out on the water, it’s nothing compared to what could be.

We’ll restart 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 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.


What is running?

Currently the only programmes proceeding are online and distance learning courses. We’ve included our programmes here…

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.

Upcoming Short Online Courses…

Over the next few weeks we’ll be launching a couple of remote learning courses with specific aims and target audiences. They’re previewed here…

Preparing a Yacht for a Season’s Cruising or Racing

A two-hour online programme delivered by our Chief Instructor Kenneth Rumball. A veteran of numerous offshore campaigns, including Rolex Middle Sea and Sydney Hobart Races Kenneth will run through the essential checks, equipment needed and a bit of useful knowledge for skippers and interested sailors alike. Course notes, materials and exclusive checklists will be available online for all attendees. Scheduled for Thursday 7th May at 7pm, this will be confirmed.

Chartering a Yacht in Tidal Waters

A two session course running for about 2 hours over 2 evenings, this course is designed for Day Skipper graduates and those of an equivalent level who struggle to passage plan in tidal waters. The course is designed to help you plan passages in tidal water, such as those around Ireland. Those who’ve chartered in the Mediterranean, those interested in chartering and anyone looking to improve their tidal navigation will benefit from this course. Course dates are Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th May, 7-9pm.

Dinghy Race Tactics and Strategy

A fun short course, designed to get an insight into race tactics and strategy, delivered by our chief instructor Kenneth Rumball. Kenneth is a national champion in numerous dinghy classes, and has delivered this programme in a variety of settings. The course format is Tuesday 19th, Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st May, 7-9pm, and will benefit all levels of dinghy sailors.

Short Online Courses...


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…

Once its safe to resume some activity we will do so within very strict parameters. Family groups may be interested in our kayak, paddleboard, powerboat and yacht charter options. Full details of these are available here:

Please note, we’ll need your cooperation with handover and cross contamination elimination measures.

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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