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Coastal Navigation for Small Boats

This course gives you the skills to effectively plot passages using charts, interpret weather, understand the Rules of the Road and much more. This course is not only for powerboaters but caters for sailing backgrounds and a general interest in navigation too

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Intermediate - Advanced


The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge required to safely navigate a boat by day and by night in coastal waters with which they are familiar. It is intended as preparation for;

  • Irish Sailing Intermediate Powerboat Certificate (open powerboats)

  • Irish Sailing Advanced Powerboat Certificate (open powerboats)

  • Irish Sailing Advanced Sailing Certificate (sailing dinghies, keelboats or catamarans).

Previous Knowledge

Participants should have completed either,

  • Irish Sailing National Powerboat Certificate (open powerboats)

  • Irish Sailing Improving Skills Certificate (sailing dinghies, keelboats or catamarans)

  • Irish Sailing Competent Crew Certificate (sailing yachts)

  • Irish Sailing Helmsman Certificate (motor yachts)


2 Days / Or in winter spread out over seven 2 hour modules


Kilrush Marina

What to bring

This is an entirely shore based theory based course. Participants should bring a pen and notepad. Participants may bring their own charts if they wish to do so.

Equipment included

Charts, Navigation Aids and Instruments, Course Notes, Light refreshments




See previous knowledge as above

No. of Persons on Course

12 participants to one instructor

NB: This course will only run with a minimum of 6 participants.


Irish Sailing - Coastal navigation for Small Boats


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