Start Sailing


By the end of this course you will be sailing in light wind conditions with assistance from your instructor.

Previous knowledge / experience

You should be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge included in Taste of Sailing.

Types of Boats

This course may be completed in any type of sailing dinghy, small keel or catamaran. Your certificate will show what type of boat you used.


2 - 10 days


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

By the end of this course you will be able to do the following:

Clothing & equipment

  • Describe what sort  of clothing you might wear when afloat.
  • Identify the following:
    • the different types of Personal Flotation (PFD) you might use when sailing.
    • which PFD is most appropriate for you to use
    • when you should wear your PFD
  • put on and adjust your own PFD.


  • Position your boat head to wind.
  • Identify the main parts of the boat, rigging & sails.
  • Assist with rigging your boat.


  • Tie the following knots and describe when to use them:
  • A figure of eight knot
  • A round turn and two half hitches
  • Secure a rope using common types of cleat.
  • Coil a rope and to throw one end of a rope.
  • Keelboat sailors will be able to use a sheet winch

Launch & Recovery

  • Dinghy and catamaran sailors will be able to do the following:
  • Secure a boat on a trolley and safely move it around while on shore.
  • With assistance,
  • Launch your boat and sail away from shore
  • Sail back to shore and recover your boat
  • Keelboat sailors will be able to secure their boat alongside and to a mooring.

Sailing techniques & manoeuvres

  • Paddle or row a boat in a straight line.
  • As both helm and as crew, with assistance,
  • Reach across the wind
  • Sail up wind
  • Sail down wind
  • Tack the boat
  • Gybe the boat
  • Get the boat out of irons
  • Stop the boat

Capsize recovery

  •  Identify why it is important to stay with a capsized or inverted boat.

Event Properties

Event Date 05-Jul-2021 9:00 am
Capacity 6
Available place -2
Cut off date 30-Apr-2021 11:55 pm
Individual Price €270.00
Location Courtown Sailing Club