Cruiser Sailing Courses

Tiered tuition to cater for improvement at all levels of sailing experienceYacht Crewing & Racing Lessons

South Coast Sailing in association with Waterford Harbour Sailing Club is running yacht crewing and racing lessons from Dunmore East, Co. Waterford. Sailing theory, basic race tactics and rules, practical yacht sailing skills improved at all levels.

€200 for four 3-hour lessons or €295 for a four lesson package and 1st year membership of Waterford Harbour Sailing Club.

Ready to book? Or have any questions? Call or text Gary at 086-2623727 or email us at

For booking, terms & conditions and special offers see our website!

Reservations are preferred, but if you are feeling spontaneous call us to see if we have an open spot!

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Yachtmaster Sailing Courses with Sailing Ireland

Sailing Ireland, South Coast Sailing & Waterford Harbour Sailing Club, are now offering the following sailing courses for the 2017 summer season.

Based in the Picturesque marina of Dunmore East Harbour, County Waterford, from the beautiful setting of the Waterford Harbour Sailing clubhouse. All the courses can be run from either Dunmore East.

There is also a very attractive offer for your 1st year membership to Waterford Harbour Sailing Club.Yachtmaster 2


5-Day Competent Crew (Live Aboard)

This course is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers. Virtually all the course is hands on. You are the crew. Without you the sails won’t go up and the boat won’t be steered.
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5-Day Day Skipper (Live Aboard)

A course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills.

Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well and being responsible when it doesn’t.
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5-Day Coastal Skipper Prep (Live Aboard)

Advanced skippering techniques for yachtsmen and women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night.

Like the Day Skipper course, this course consists of skippered passages in a variety of situations. It is a satisfying but intensive week, with candidates often working towards a Certificate of Competence.

We advise that you complete the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased course beforehand as there is insufficient time to teach you theory during the week.
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5-Day Offshore Skipper Prep (Live Aboard)

An RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence is often the ultimate aim of aspiring skippers. It is a well known, highly respected qualification worldwide, proving your experience and competence as a skipper.

Unlike other courses in the cruising programme, there is no formal training to complete in order to become a Yachtmaster. Instead, provided that you have sufficient experience and seatime, you can put yourself forward for an exam to test your skills and knowledge.

Many Yachtmaster candidates choose to complete this 5 day preparation course with some tailor-­made tuition to prepare them for the exam.
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ICC International Certificate of Competence (Charter Boat Hire)

The International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (ICC) was established under resolution No. 40 of the Working Party on Inland Water Transport for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

The aim of the ICC is to provide boat owners and people wishing to charter boats with an internationally recognised document certifying their competence to skipper a boat for recreational use.
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Day Skipper Shorebased Navigation

A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers. This course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.

In conjunction with the UK Hydrographic Office we have developed a chart plotter specifically for use on training courses, giving you a realistic insight into electronic navigation. Use of this plotter is an integral part of our Day Skipper shorebased course.

The course is taught over 40 hours with two exam papers. It can be covered as a series of short sessions, as an intensive week-­long course.
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Coastal Skipper / Offshore Shorebased Navigation

Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course.

This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages. This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

As with the Day Skipper shorebased course, the RYA’s specially designed chart plotter software will be used during the course to give you a realistic taste of modern electronic navigation.

The course is taught over 40 hours with three exam papers. It can be covered as a series of short sessions, as an intensive week­-long course.
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VHF Course : GMDSS 1 & 2 Radio Operators Licence

This is one of the more important specialist courses. It is essential for any yachtsman to understand how to operate a marine VHF radio.

Upon successful competion of this course, candidates are awarded the ISA VHF Operators Certificate. This allows you to legally operate a VHF onboard a vessel, and is an essential component of the Yachtmaster Coast and Yachtmaster Offshore Exams.

The course covers the different uses of a VHF in the maritime world. You will learn the rules and regulations governing radio telephony, how to assess different situations where a VHF is used and how to operate the VHF to make these calls.

This course meets the requirements of charter companies throughout the Med and Caribbean who require that the skipper of the yacht is in possession of a VHF operators cert.

The certificate also meets the requirements for Professional Yachtmaster Skippers looking to get commercially endorsed through the RYA.
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