WHSC ADULT SAIL TRAINING 2021
Having acquired 2 Wayfarers in 2016, WHSC started a programme to help and encourage adults of all ages with little or no experience to get on the water and experience the thrill of sailing. It has been an overwhelming success with lots of people going on to purchase their own boats and they are now participating fully in all club sailing. Kim Byrne is the current organiser of the adult sailing group.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have had to restrict the numbers of people taking part in these lessons and can now only offer this facility to members. Please also note that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the changing rooms at the club are not available for use and use of the club house is for members only. Toilet facilities are available, however they are not to be used for changing. Participants will have to change outdoors or at their cars.
We offer lessons on the water in the club’s three large very safe Wayfarer dinghies and we also use one Omega dinghy.
Each boat takes 2-3 adults and again, due to the pandemic, these adults should be family members or participants who form a pod and continue to have lessons where possible with the same people. Please allow approximately 1 hour 30 minutes in total for your lesson. This includes 15 mins learning how to rig your boat, up to 60 mins on the water and 15 mins to help de-rig your boat afterwards. Please do not leave the rigging and de-rigging to your Instructor only as this is a valuable part of the lesson. This format is an easy way to get introduced to sailing. Note that if you are late arriving to your lesson then it may be cancelled, shortened or they might proceed without you, as we cannot delay exit from the water in the evening time.
Absolutely no experience is necessary. All you need is a buoyancy aid / life vest to begin. Please note that these are not provided by the club so you must have one before you start your lesson as they are mandatory. It is unlikely that you will capsize as these are large safe boats, however you should be prepared to get wet. We recommend bringing a change of clothes and a towel and wear runners or shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. Please leave your phones in your car and anything else from your pockets. You can give your car key to your instructor to keep safe while you are out on the water.
You may also use your own dinghy if you have access to one and have sufficient experience to take it out on your own.
PRICING & SCHEDULE
The cost is €25 each per lesson and it is for members only this year. We hope to have lessons on Monday & Friday evenings and possibly one afternoon at the weekends (subject to availability). Lessons begin at 6.30pm and finish by 8pm.
HOW DO I BOOK A LESSON
A beginners Adult Sailing WhatsApp group has been set up so all adults wishing to take lessons must register to get up-to-date information and to book a lesson. To join, text ‘Adult Training’ and your name to 087-9969521 and you will be added to the group.
Kim will advise each week on this group chat how many positions are available and for which dates that week. She will include a booking form link where members can book straight away for those dates and the link will also include a portal for payment. Should you need to cancel your booking, please advise Kim as soon as possible. Lessons may need to be cancelled due to weather and we will endeavour to give those people a chance to book the next available slot.
COACHING FOR MORE ADVANCED SAILING OR RACING
We are endeavouring again to secure senior laser coaching for a minimum of 4 boats at intermediate / advanced level. All 4 boats need to be of a similar skill level with a common coaching goal. Coaching will be on Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm. A block of 4 evenings costs €100 or €30 per session. Contact Fiachra if interested on 087 795 2766.
ALL SAILING IS SUBJECT TO WEATHER AND AS SAFETY IS OUR PRIMARY GOAL, THE SENIOR INSTRUCTOR, SAFETY OFFICIER OR COMMODORE HAS THE FINAL CALL ON SAILING ON ANY PARTICULAR DAY. DINGHY HIRE IS ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.