There are a variety of sailing courses this summer for all levels of sailing that will be available to purchase through the BSC webstore.


Taster Courses

These courses are the best way for young sailors to experience sailing for the first time! This year, our taster courses will be running Monday 25th July to Friday 29th July.

Half Day Taster Course

Pre-requisite: Minimum age 8 on first day of course.

Monday – Friday, Morning 10am – 1pm, Afternoon 2pm – 5pm

With this course, you will be given a taste of the thrilling sport of sailing and learn the basics over five half day sessions. Ideal course before the full day taster course and guaranteed to give you the sailing bug! No prior experience or knowledge is required.

Price: Members – €100/Non members – €150

Full Day Taster Course (Irish Sailing Taste of Sailing)

Pre-requisite: Minimum age 9 on first day of course.

Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm, lunch break 1pm-2pm

With this course, you will be given a taste of the thrilling sport of sailing and learn the basics over five full day sessions. Ideal course after the half day taster and before Start Sailing (old Level 1) and guaranteed to give you the sailing bug! No prior experience or knowledge is required.
Price: Members – €190/Non members – €230


Irish Sailing Courses

Our core sailing courses are accredited by Irish Sailing, and offer a path to learning sailing skills that will last a lifetime! This year, we are running three two-week courses over July and August:

  • Monday 27th June to Friday 8th July
  • Monday 11th July to Friday 22nd July
  • Monday 8th August to Friday 19th August

Please note:

  • In order to apply for one of these courses, you must complete the pre-requisite course, and have that course fully signed off in your Checklick sailing passport.
  • When applying for courses at the level of Improving Skills and above, it is important that the sailor has logged some sailing time following the previously completed course in order to consolidate the skills learned. A sailor moving directly up to the next level without having sailed since the previous course will find it difficult to achieve the required standard needed to pass the course assessment.
  • While having your own boat is advantageous for Start Sailing and Basic Skills, it is not compulsory. Boat shares can be organised, and there are a limited number of boats available to rent.

Start Sailing (Old Level 1)

Pre-requisite: Minimum age 10 on first day of course.

Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm, lunch break 1pm-2pm

Never sailed before, or did our Taster Courses and would like to learn more? Then this is the course for you. Start Sailing courses run over two weeks and give you a tremendous opportunity to learn new skills and put them into action. By the end of this course you should be sailing in light wind conditions with assistance from your instructor.
Price: Members – €350/Non members – €390

Basic Skills (Old Level 2)

Pre-requisite: Start Sailing

Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm, lunch break 1pm-2pm

This is the course to do once you have completed Start Sailing. Having picked up the basic skills on Start Sailing, you are now ready to move onto this level. During this two week course, we concentrate on boat handling and seamanship skills. By the end of the course, you should be confident to helm your own dinghy in light wind conditions without assistance from your instructor.
Price: Members – €350/Non members – €390

Improving Skills (Old Level 3)

Pre-requisite: Basic Skills, must be able to provide own boat

Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm, lunch break 1pm-2pm

You should have completed, or have experience equivalent to,the Basic Skills course before doing Improving Skills. If you have got to grips with basic skills in light-moderate winds and now want to move on and develop your boat handling, seamanship and confidence, this course is ideal. Plenty of time spent on practical hands-on sailing. We will also cover all relevant theory such as basic navigation, tides, safety and weather. This two week course will prepare you for the specialist courses ahead.

Price: Members – €350/Non members – €390
Own boat essential

Advanced Boat Handling (Old Level 4)

Pre-requisite: Improving Skills, must be able to provide own boat

Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm, lunch break 1pm-2pm

You should have completed the Improving Skills course and been sailing regularly to do our two week Advanced Boat Handling course. This is a fully comprehensive advanced course, designed to train you in the fields of rigging, tuning your boat to maximise performance, getting the best out of your boat in planing conditions, maximising boat speed in waves, and generally improve your overall speed and sailing know-how. It will also prepare you to sail flat out in strong winds!
Price: Members – €350/Non members – €390

Start Racing

Pre-requisite: Advanced Boat Handling, must be able to provide own boat

Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm, lunch break 1pm-2pm

You should have completed the Advanced Boat Handling course and been sailing regularly to do our two week Start Racing course. This course is also now necessary if you would like to progress onto our Adventure Skills course.
Start Racing is the fastest way to learn the boat handling skills that are so useful as an instructor and in college sailing. It is also a great way of getting in some practice in if you would like to take part in club and inter club racing through a bit of competitive fun!
Price: Members – €350/Non members – €390

Adventure Skills

Pre-requisite: Start Racing, minimum age 15 on first day of course

Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm, lunch break 1pm-2pm

Our hugely popular Adventure Skills course introduces you to the skills and knowledge you will need in order to undertake longer trips and to sail in stronger winds. When you finally bring all your skills together, the highlight of this course is to assist in developing a passage plan for a day trip you then undertake followed by overnight camping on an Island!
Price: Members – €350/Non members – €390

2022 Summer Sailing Courses