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

Online Course Dates and Prices...

The course will be delivered via Zoom, with all course materials sent to you in advance of the course.

  • Course 3: Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th, Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th May (6.30-9.30pm each evening)

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

Classroom Course Dates 2021 and Prices…

Booking Update: 21st June

New bookings are paused until Thursday 24th June to complete an system overhaul. Please bear with us as we complete this task. Both online and over the phone bookings are paused. We can continue to look after customers with bookings already made, so get in touch on 01 2844195 or by email to sailing@inss.ie.

  • Course 6: Monday 6th, Wednesday 8th, Monday 13th and Wednesday 15th September (6.30-9.30pm each evening). 
  • Course 7: Monday 11th, Wednesday 13th, Monday 18th and Wednesday 20th 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.

Book Online Now…

Booking Update: 21st June

New bookings are paused until Thursday 24th June to complete an system overhaul. Please bear with us as we complete this task. Both online and over the phone bookings are paused. We can continue to look after customers with bookings already made, so get in touch on 01 2844195 or by email to sailing@inss.ie.


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