ISA Competent Crew

ISA Competent Crew introductory sailing courseISA Competent Crew Training CourseISA Competent Crew is the basic ISA introductory sailing course for both the complete beginner and those who have some experience of either dinghy sailing or cruising. The ISA Competent Crew course can be completed by attending either five days or over weekends. The Competent Crew course is planned to give you as much fun and enjoyment as possible. While you learn to sail you will be taught about safety at sea and will be given lots of competent crewing opportunities. Master the ISA Competent Crew skills of steering, changing sails, reefing and tying the essential knots. Living onboard throughout the ISA Competent Crew course, each night is spent in new place, allowing you to savour the delights of a real cruising experience.

  • Course Type: Practical, some theory
  • Required Experience: None
  • Assumed Knowledge:
  • Course Content: Steering, changing sails, reefing and tying the essential knots.
  • Ability After Course: By the end of this course the successful ISA Competent Crew will have sufficient knowledge and skill to be a useful and able crew member on any sailing yacht.
  • Minimum Duration: 5 Days continuous or 3 weekends

RYA Day Skipper Combined (Practical and Theory)

RYA Day Skipper Combined (Theory and Practical)  

Introducing our new combined Day Skipper theory and practical course. This course will take places over 9 days. 4 days of classroom based theory followed by 5 days practical training. Held in our comfortable classes in Galway Harbour Enterprise park, you will be taught by experienced, friendly instructors who will take you through the course with professionalism & understanding. A comprehensive introduction to chartwork, navigation, weather & the basics of seamanship.

RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Training CourseThis is an invaluable course in learning how to start making decisions on board. The course covers navigation around familiar waters by day & gives a basic knowledge of night lights, weather & IRPCS. There are 2 assessment papers during the course to see if you have taken everything onboard. The first is based on chartwork and navigation, & the second is a more generic overview of the subject.

After completing the day skipper theory course you will put into practice all that you have learned in the classroom when each person is given the opportunity to navigate and take control of the yacht on short coastal passages. Your instructor is there to ensure that your first, perhaps hesitant steps as skipper are taken in safety. You will be given the opportunity to practice your boat handling in a variety of mooring situations, and whilst at sea your instructor will cover subjects such as watch keeping, deck work, sail trim and how to cope in emergency situations.

  • Course Type: Theory and Practical
  • Required Experience: Basic sailing ability/Competent Crew
  • Course Content: A skipper is totally responsible for the management of a yacht, so the course also includes meteorology, basic engine checks, passage planning, preparing the yacht for sea, and rules of the road. Night sailing is also undertaken to give you a taste of pilotage in the dark.
  • Ability After Course: Able to undertake short coastal passages by day, in both tidal and non-tidal waters. Successful completion of this course means that you can charter one of our yachts.
  • Minimum Duration: 9 Days
  • Cost: €995

To get the most out of doing a Day Skipper course like this also having VHF Short Range Radio, First Aid, Diesel engine or Sea Survival done can be beneficial as you can develop these skill in parallel with your Day Skipper Skills.

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased

Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the RYA Coastal Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on ocean passages. It allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques.

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore ShorebasedThis course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

As with the Yachtmaster Navigation shorebased course, the RYA’s specially designed chart plotter software will be used during the course to give you a realistic taste of modern electronic navigation.

Students in the southern hemisphere can take advantage of the southern hemisphere version of our training materials, ensuring that your course is relevant to you.

The course is taught over 40 hours with three exam papers. Intensive week-long course.

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased CourseCourse topics include:

  • Position fixing
  • Course shaping and plotting
  • Tidal knowledge
  • Use of almanacs and admiralty publications
  • Electronic position finding equipment
  • Taking and interpreting forecasts
  • Plotting weather systems
  • Weather predictions using a barometer and by observation
  • Collision regulations
  • Customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad
  • Course Type: Theory
  • Required Experience: Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Navigation
  • Minimum Duration: 40 hours (16 evenings or five days)

RYA ISAF Offshore Safety

RYA / ISAF Offshore Safety course satisfies the training required by ISAF Offshore Special Regulation 6.01 for category 0, 1 and some category 2 offshore races. It is suitable for skippers and crews of yachts wishing to take part in the Rolex Fastnet Race. The aim of the ISAF Offshore Safety course is to provide skippers and crews of yachts wishing to take part in offshore races with the necessary skills and knowledge to deal with an emergency whilst offshore.

RYA ISAF Offshore Safety CourseThe RYA / ISAF Offshore Safety course is run in two - one day modules which may be taken in any order. Of of the modules is the RYA Sea Survival course. If you have attended the the RYA Basic Sea Survival course within the last five years then you need only attend the ISAF Offshore Safety training Module.

  • Course Type: Theory
  • Required Experience: None
  • Assumed Knowledge: None
  • Course Content: Care & Maintenance of Safety Equipment, Storm Sails, Damage Control, Crew Routines, Man Overboard Prevention and Recovery, Giving Assistance to other craft, SAR Organisation and Methods, Practical Fire Precautions and Fire Fighting, Distress Alerting and Survivor Location Aids
  • Ability After Course: Skippers and crews of yachts wishing to take part in offshore races with the necessary skills and knowledge to deal with an emergency whilst offshore.
  • Minimum Duration: 2 Days

RYA First Aid

RYA First Aid Course First aid at seaThe course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven. The syllabus is based on the recommendations of the Health and Safety Executive and the Department of Transport. Upon successful completion of the course an RYA First Aid Certificate is issued valid for 3 years. This certificate fulfills the requirements of the Department Of Transport Code of Practice for Small Commercial Vessels in area category 2, 3 & 4.

RYA First Aid course

  • Course Type: Practical, theory
  • Required Experience: None
  • Assumed Knowledge:
  • Course Content: Based on the recommendations of the Health and Safety Executive and the Department of Transport.
  • Ability After Course: A working knowledge of first aid for skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven.
  • Minimum Duration: 1 Day

RYA Sea Survival

RYA Sea Survival Course Galway and DublinRYA Sea Survival Training CourseAn interesting and informative day, a must for all sailors and powerboat users. The course will include, safety equipment, knowledge about flares, a practical session of liferafts in a swimming pool and the prevention and treatment of hypothermia. This course meets the RYA/DoT criteria for those seeking a commercial endorsement to their Yachtmaster Certificate.

  • Course Type: Practical, theory
  • Required Experience:
  • Assumed Knowledge:
  • Course Content: The course will include, safety equipment, knowledge about flares, a practical session of liferafts in a swimming pool and the prevention and treatment of hypothermia.
  • Ability After Course: RYA/MCA Basic Sea Survival Certificate
  • Minimum Duration: 1 Day
  • Cost: On Enquiry

RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance and Engine Care

RYA Diesel Engine Care CourseThis course will pay for itself several times over in both time & money! Most RNLI call outs are for easily preventable breakdowns, so you will learn the basics of maintaining your engine & simple troubleshooting procedures to keep you going & the RNLI smiling. Not only that, but you will learn simple maintenance, that can add years to the life of your engine. With a combination of hands on practical & classroom theory, you will go away with the necessary skills to restart a stopped engine at sea & the routine maintenance tasks that keep your engine in top condition.

  • Course Type: Theory
  • Required Experience: None
  • Assumed Knowledge: None
  • Course Content: Basic maintenance and engine care
  • Ability After Course: Awareness of the main systems of a marine diesel engine. Able to take simple measures to prevent mechanical breakdown at sea and rectify defects which do not require workshop support
  • Minimum Duration: 1 Day