Adult Sailing

Quarterdeck Skipper Academy Partnership

The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School is delighted to be a training partner for the Quarterdeck Skipper Academy. We've set out the steps below you'll need to take to complete the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Assessment.

If you need any advice, or have a question please contact us on +353 1 2844195, email sailing@inss.ie or leave us a message here and we'll get back to you.

We've several options to help you, but the two most popular are the full training programme, and the direct yachtmaster assessment. Learn more...

 

Training Programme

This program culminates in the Yachtmaster Coastal Exam. It has been designed to be the simplest route to gaining all the required sailing certification in order to meet the Quarterdeck entry requirements.

The package includes;

  • RYA Competent Crew Course
  • RYA Yachtmaster Theory Course, completed online prior to programme attendance
  • RYA Dayskipper Practical Course
  • RYA Coastal Skipper Course
  • Yachtmaster Preparation Week
  • Use of Yacht for Yachtmaster Exam
  • VHF Course
  • First Aid Course
  • Accommodation onboard the yacht for the duration of the programme (including weekends)
  • Food onboard the yacht while you are participating on practical courses (not provided for weekends on shorebased programmes and rest days).
  • All Course Materials
  • Use of sailing gear/safety equipment.

The cost for this program is €3499. This cost can be spread out in instalments to make it more manageable.

What else is covered?

​One of the challenges many new skippers encounter is mooring and anchoring issues. The programme will focuses very heavily on these techniques. Med mooring will also be covered in detail, so that you can be as prepared as possible for your new career. Finally, we place huge emphasis on finding out from people in the industry what you can expect with hints and tips. Over the course of the programme we'll introduce you to a Yacht Week Skipper for a Q & A session.

 

Programme Eligibility

This programme is suitable for those with basic yachting experience and dinghy sailors looking to transfer their skills to skippering yachts. If you have no previous experience, or feel that you'd be capable of undertaking the final exam without the 4 weeks training, please get in touch.

 

Programme A Dates

Week 1: Monday 27th January to Friday 31st January

  • Practical RYA Competent Crew Course (Day Time) - 5 Days / 100miles
  • VHF Course (Evenings)                 

Week 2: Monday 3rd February to Friday 7th February

  • RYA Day Skipper Practical Course - 5 Days / 100miles

Weekend 2: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th February

  • Saturday: Med Mooring and Parking Drills
  • Sunday: First Aid Course               

Week 3: Monday 10th February to Friday 14th February

  • RYA Coastal Skipper Course - 5 Days / 100mile

Weekend 3: Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February

  • Solo Sailing - without the instructor. Straightforward passages on the East Coast of Ireland

Week 4: Monday 17th February to Friday 21st February

  • YM Coastal Prep Week - 5 Days / 100miles

Weekend 4: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd February

  • Coastal Skipper Certificate of Competency Exam (YM Coastal Exam)     

 

Programme B Dates

Week 1: Monday 24th February to Friday 27th February

  • Practical RYA Competent Crew Course (Day Time) - 5 Days / 100miles
  • VHF Course (Evenings)                 

Week 2: Monday 2nd March to Friday 6th March

  • RYA Day Skipper Practical Course - 5 Days / 100miles

Weekend 2: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March

  • Saturday: Med Mooring and Parking Drills
  • Sunday: First Aid Course

Week 3: Monday 9th March to Friday 13th March

  • RYA Coastal Skipper Course - 5 Days / 100mile

Weekend 3: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March

  • Solo Sailing - without the instructor. Straightforward passages on the East Coast of Ireland

Week 4: Monday 16th March to Friday 20th March

  • YM Coastal Prep Week - 5 Days / 100miles

Weekend 4: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March

  • Coastal Skipper Certificate of Competency Exam (YM Coastal Exam)     

 

Programme C Dates

Week 1: Monday 23rd March to Friday 27th March

  • Practical RYA Competent Crew Course (Day Time) - 5 Days / 100miles
  • VHF Course (Evenings)                 

Week 2: Monday 30th March to Friday 3rd April

  • RYA Day Skipper Practical Course - 5 Days / 100miles

Weekend 2: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April

  • Saturday: Med Mooring and Parking Drills
  • Sunday: First Aid Course

Week 3: Monday 6th April to Friday 10th April

  • RYA Coastal Skipper Course - 5 Days / 100mile

Weekend 3: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th April

  • Solo Sailing - without the instructor. Straightforward passages on the East Coast of Ireland

Week 4: Monday 13th April to Friday 17th April

  • YM Coastal Prep Week - 5 Days / 100miles

Weekend 4: Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April

  • Coastal Skipper Certificate of Competency Exam (YM Coastal Exam)     

 

Programme D Dates

Week 1: Tuesday 14th April to Saturday 18th April

  • Practical RYA Competent Crew Course (Day Time) - 5 Days / 100miles

Week 2: Monday 20th April to Friday 24th April

  • RYA Day Skipper Practical Course - 5 Days / 100miles
  • VHF Course (Evenings)                 

Weekend 2: Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April

  • Saturday: Med Mooring and Parking Drills
  • Sunday: First Aid Course               

Week 3: Monday 27th April to Friday 1st May

  • RYA Coastal Skipper Course - 5 Days / 100mile

Weekend 3: Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May

  • Solo Sailing - without the instructor. Straightforward passages on the East Coast of Ireland

Week 4: Monday 4th May to Friday 8th May

  • YM Coastal Prep Week - 5 Days / 100miles

Weekend 4: Saturday 9th and Sunday 19th May

  • Coastal Skipper Certificate of Competency Exam (YM Coastal Exam)     

 

Following the successful completion of these courses you will have built up the required miles and sea time to take your Yachtmaster Exam. This exam will be the final step on your program with us and once you pass the Yachtmaster Exam then you will be eligible to work as a skipper.

The next step for you will be attend the Quarterdeck Skipper Academy. This is booked seperately with Quarterdeck.

 

Direct Yachtmaster Assessment

We also offer direct assessments for the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore. We'd highly recommend pairing these with a "prep week", a 5-day course prior to the assessment.

The next step for you will be attend the Quarterdeck Skipper Academy. This is booked seperately with Quarterdeck.

 

Chat about your Training Now...

Get in touch to speak to one of our experienced team who will help you achieve your dreams:

 

When the Quarterdeck Skippers came to visit!

We were thrilled to welcome the Quarterdeck crew to Ireland for their annual Skipper's Regatta this September. Check out the video of some of the action below, and the photos on facebook here.

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