2017 Programme

Heir Island Sailing School is an Irish Sailing Association approved Training Centre Our courses generally are those set up and recognised by the Irish Sailing Association. Below is the description of our main courses, this is an outline of what we can organise for individuals and families. We will respond to any group request (10 to 25 sailors) and tailor a special programme, whether the group wishes  intensive training or a more relaxed approach to sailing in our pristine island studded waters.

We have listened to you our valued customers and are reformatting our course presentation for 2017 to make the training experience more fulfilling, we plan to offer Taste Of Sailing (TOS) on a weekly basis throughout the summer and all other courses  in a 10 day module starting on the 5th of June, this will enable sailors to have a 2 week session rather than 2 x 1 weeks with attendant crew changes on the second Monday. As you are aware the second week has been and will be very competitively priced at €190.

While we have restructured our offerings for the more serious sailor we recognise that timing of your holidays to coincide with our courses may not always be possible so we will continue to offer start dates as you require, as we have done in the past, in the knowledge that it may not be ideal from a learning perspective.

National Schools programme.

We are very grateful for the support received in particular from our 2 local national schools, we are delighted that one of our greatest natural resources the sea, which is literally on our doorstep, is used as an adventure playground by the young sailors.

We have dedicated 2 weeks in 2017 to cater for all national schools commencing on 26/6. as mentioned above those starting out on the Taste Of Sailing course will likely be happy with a 5 day course, we suggest that all others as far as possible take the 10 days to enhance the training experience. you will be aware of our very special rates for local national schools of €160 per week.

We would like to emphasise for all sailors the desirability of off season practice, what is learned one summer can quickly be forgotten. may I suggest that the schools or a group of parents might consider clubbing together to buy a dinghy or two for use before and after your time with us. We would like to offer you the opportunity free of charge to practise during designated weekends in May or June organised by the PTA with some of the more senior past pupils acting as instructors.

 

 

Weekend courses, for Friends , Corporates, Affinity groups, Firehouse bakers.
Dates : Easter to Halloween weekends, subject to confirmation by Heir Island Sailing School and Firehouse Bakery.   
Duration : Saturday & Sunday (+ Monday on Bank Holiday Weekends)
Participants : group 6-7.
Fleet : Topaz Uno, Dublin Bay Mermaids, Kayaks

SAIL AND LEARN ENGLISH- RESIDENTIAL

We will be running two week informal English language courses and formal sailing through out the summer commencing 5/6. the language training will be taught by a T.E.F.L.  qualified teacher for 2 hours daily, we will take a trip to an adjoining island, the local country market or local places of historical interest during the middle weekends. 



IRISH SAILING ASSOCIATION Small Boat Sailing Scheme

The Irish Sailing Association has recently introduced a new syllabus which after basic training branches out in to two streams, the adventure stream which is very suited to our facilities in Roaringwater Bay with all its exploratory attributes and the racing stream for those who wish to race competitively. It is of course open to all sailors to do both streams.The new syllabus will enable sailors to have new courses and awards for 7 years and up to 11 years if each module is completed, this ensures that a sailor who starts at 9 years of age does not need to take a gap year and will have an exciting new syllabus and award up to 17 or 18 years of age and enter the instructor regime if they wish. While we fully understand parents desire to have healthy busy children at the earliest stage possible we ask you to consider the benefits of having children occupied in a sporting pursuit in their mid to late teens. 

The ISA courses which we run are as follows:

In the diagram hereunder you will see the sequence of qualification , i.e.the courses that have to be completed before advancing to the next level. This year there have been some changes to the ISA SBSS. Kites and Wires 1 &2 have now been merged together and just form Kites & Wires, and Adventure 1 & 2 have been merged together to make Adventure Skills.

 

Heir Island Sailing School

We now detail the broad contents of each module, your log book will contain more detailed information on the contents, when booking please refer to each module by its code as detailed above.

Taste of sailing (TOS):
A short introduction to the thrills and spills of sailing, this course will provide you with a flavour of the sport in a controlled, safe environment.
Aim: The aim of this brief introductory course is to give you a positive introduction to the thrill of sailing.
Experience: No prior experience or knowledge is required, we suggest that 9 years is a reasonable starting age, all sailors must be able to swim. Where time allows, this course may be linked straight into Start Sailing which is the next module you should complete.

Duration: 5 days.

Boat Used: Topaz Uno. Dublin Bay Mermaids

Assessment:Continuous throughout the course.

Start sailing (SS)

Aim: By the end of this course you will be sailing in light wind conditions with assistance from your instructor.
Previous experience: You should be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge learned in Taste Of Sailing.
Boat Used: Topaz Uno, Dublin Bay Mermaids.

Duration: 10 days

Boats used: Topaz Uno, Dublin Bay Mermaids.

Assessment: Assessment is continuous throughout the course. However, your instructor may also choose to use a formal practical assessment of boat handling skills and a short written paper or oral interview in assessing your level of background knowledge.

Basic skills (BS)
Aim: By the end of this course you will be sailing on your own in light winds without assistance from your instructor.
Experience: You will be expected to demonstrate the skills learned in the start sailing course.

Duration: 10 days

Boat Used: Topaz Uno, Dublin Bay Mermaids.

Assessment: Continuous throughout the course. However, your instructor may choose to use a formal practical assessment of boat handling skills and a short written paper or oral interview to assess your level of background knowledge.

Improving skills (IS)

Aim: To develop the skills and knowledge you need in order to set up and sail the boat more effectively in moderate conditions. This module will also prepare you for the specialist modules ahead.
Previous experience: You will be expected to have completed, or have experience equivalent to the basis skills course and have been sailing regularly. If you have not been regularly practising these skills you will need to do so prior to this module or extend the length of the course to allow you to do so.

Duration: 10 days.

Boats used: Topaz Uno, Dublin Bay Mermaids.

Assessment: Continuous throughout the module. Your instructor may, however, choose to use a formal practical session of boat handling skills and a short written paper or oral interview to assess your level of background knowledge.

Advanced boat handling (ABH)
Aim: To develop advanced boat handling and tuning skills and prepare you to sail flat out in strong winds.
Previous knowledge/experience: You must have completed the Improving Skills module and been sailing regularly. If not you will need to practise prior to the course or extend its duration.

Duration: 10 days.

Boat Used: Dublin Bay Mermaids, Topaz Uno, National 18.

Assessment: Assessment is continuous throughout the course. your instructor may, however, choose to use a formal practical assessment of boat handling skills and a short written paper or oral interview in assessing your level of background knowledge. 

Adventure Skills
Aim: To introduce you to the skills and knowledge you will need in order to undertake longer trips and to sail in stronger winds.
Previous knowledge/experience: You will be expected to have completed or have experience equivalent to the Improviving Skills module and have been sailing regularly, as with other modules lack of regular sailing will necessitate pre module practice or longer course duration.

Duration: 10 days.

Boats Used: Dublin Bay Mermaids. Topaz Uno, 570 Keelboats.

Assessment: Continuous, however, your instructor may also choose to use a formal practice session for boat handling skills and a short written paper or oral interview to assess background knowledge.

Kites and wires
Aim: To introduce you to the thrills and spills of sailing with spinnakers and trapezes.
Previous knowledge: You will be expected to have completed or have experience equivalent to the Improving Skills Module.

Duration: 10 days.

Boats Used: Dublin Bay Mermaids, Topaz Tres, National 18.

Assessment: Continuous, practical assessment at instructors discretion, short written paper or oral interview to determine level of background knowledge. 

Go Racing 1 and Racing 2

We do not currently provide tuition for these modules,  we can certainly accommodate a group who wish to pursue these modules as a separate programme.

 
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