Adult Sailing

Coastal Navigation for Small Boats

The Coastal Navigation for Small Boats course is a short theory course that is ideal for powerboaters. The course is certified by Irish Sailing (national governing body for sailing and powerboating in Ireland) and will teach you all the fundamental navigational skills needed to safely operate a powerboat on longer trips away from base.

This course satisfies the navigation and theory pre-requisits for the Irish Sailing Intermediate Powerboat Certificate and Irish Sailing Advanced Powerboat Certificate.

What you’ll be able to do…

  • Interpret Weather forecasts, source information and plan accordingly
  • Chartwork; identify distances, plot positions, determine course to steer and more
  • Understand how to utilise electronic aids to navigation; GPS, Electronic Chart Plotter and more
  • Calculate tidal heights
  • Identify Buoyage at both day and night
  • Prepare detailed passage plans, using charts, interpreting the effect of tide and weather
  • Understand and comply with IRPCS

Another Option - Special Online Course...

In light of the current movement restrictions, we've launched a Navigation and Pilotage for Small Boats course in an online format. While this will not be a certificate course, the syllabus is very similar syllabus to the Coastal Navigation for Small Boats Course. You will have sufficent navigation, pilotage and theory skills to satisfy the requirements for Intermediate or Advanced Powerboat Courses.

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Classroom Course Dates 2020 and Prices…

The course takes place over 2 days (9.30am-5.30pm each day) or 4 evenings (6.30-9.30pm each evening).

  • Course 4: Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August (9.30am-5.30pm each day)
  • Course 5: Monday 28th, Wednesday 30th September, Monday 5th and Wednesday 7th October (6.30-9.30pm each evening)

The course fees are €149, including all course materials.

Amendments to bookings due to COVID-19

  • In light of the current situation, we have significantly relaxed our booking terms and conditions. If courses cannot run due to issues relating to COVID-19 we will move bookings without penalty, or refund fees where a suitable alternative cannot be found.
  • Please see the current schedule alterations here.
  • If you make a future booking, please be reassured that if the course is unable to go ahead due to restrictions extending beyond current restrictions we will reschedule the course to a time of your convenience or refund the fees.

Book Now…

​Once you have chosen a date that suits you can book online below, or by calling us on 01 2844195. Once you have booked in, we'll send you a confirmation email outlining your course, its date and start / finish times. Please ensure you have read our Terms and Conditions prior to enrolling. Our cancellation policy for this course can be viewed here.

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