Sailing Courses

Welcome to the WHSC Sailing Course section

At WHSC we cater for all levels – from those just looking for a ‘taste of sailing’, to Instructor level. Boat ownership is not required, we have optional boat rental for the course duration. Club membership is required to take part in courses but we have various introductory options available 

If your family is new to sailing, then you’re in the right place. Sailing is an excellent to foster youths confidence and independence in a way no other sport can. Just imagine the feeling a 7 year old has when they take control of ‘their own boat’ for the first time. A WHSC junior course is the perfect safe environment to begin the journey.

For any queries contact: Fiona & Andrea (JO’s) at

Available ISA Courses

Please find below information on the ISA courses we offer.


To All sailors, parents and guardians,

Welcome Summer 2022! We’re sure you’re all looking forward to the prospect of a fully operating club.

Firstly, this is a tentative plan and will be subject to the health and safety guidance in force in summer 2022, instructor availability and demand.

This year we will see some changes to the Junior Sailing Programme;

  1. Boat Rentals for Optimist, Topper or Topaz sailing boats will be co-ordinated and booked with Sean at There are limited boat numbers so be sure to confirm your booking early!
    Kites & Wires and Adventurer courses use specific club boats. Booking and cost of these rentals are included in your Junior Sailing Booking Form.

  2. Half day sailing programmes worked really well for some courses so we will continue with 1⁄2 days for Start Sailing, Basic Skills, Go Racing Optimist, Kites & Wires and Adult Sailing Week.

  3. Full days return for Improving Skills, Advanced Boat Handling, Go Racing Dinghy and Adventurer.

  4. We are introducing a new week ‘Seol is Spraoi’ which will be conducted as gaeilge, in conjunction with Foras na Gaeilge. Contact us for more details.

  5. We welcome our WHSC Certified Assistant Instructors. These C.A.Is are 16 yrs old, Level 2 Powerboat qualified, completed Kites & Wires and Training Assistant Instructor courses. These sailors are preparing to complete their Irish Sailing Pre-Instructor Courses soon.

  6. We also welcome our Training Assistant Instructors (T.A.Is) who are 15 yrs old, have completed Kites & Wires and are learning the skills needed to become Instructors.

  7. Although changing rooms will be operational, ALL sailors should arrive fully dressed and ready to sail. Changing rooms will ONLY be accessible at the END of the day! This is to ensure all courses maximise sailing time and not to waste it in the changing room.

  8. ‘Block’ sailing sessions worked really well so we’ll continue as last summer. These helped instructors and sailors with continuity of learning and development.

  9. ABH is a difficult level to achieve. Depending on your ability and experience, you may want to book more than one block session.

  10. We will continue with the Go Racing Optimist course. This is not an accredited course but is of interest for those pursuing the Optimist racing circuit.

  11. Adult week needs to be shortened to 4 days (Mon-Thur inclusive). This is to facilitate the Topper Nationals which will run from Friday, July 1st – July 3rd at WHSC.

  12. All sailors must pass the previous level before acceptance into the next course level. If a level has not been achieved in the year, the course must be completed in full again the next year. New members must attach certification of levels achieved with their application forms.

  13. Only one Irish Sailing qualification per year may be obtained, (except for Start Sailing to Basic Skills for a sailor of the correct age). It is advisable to do your qualification level early in the season to give yourself the best chance of passing. You can book and attend another course that you qualify for but will not be assessed for the second course, but you will become a better sailor!

  14. Submission of a booking form will not constitute confirmation of a place on a course. Courses can only be booked by fully paid-up members. An email confirming your booking will be sent to you.

  15. Payments must be made by Go Cardless only.

  16. Parents, if you want to discuss your child’s progress with their instructor, please book a time slot with the Senior Instructor in advance to ensure there is no time lost from other the sailors on the course.

  17. Reminder: all boats on the courses must have valid insurance before going to sea.

We hope that these changes will improve everyone’s sailing experiences and learnings. We believe the schedule will suit most members but realise that it may not for you. Please contact us to discuss your situation and we will work with you to find the best solution.

All the best,
Fiona & Andrea (JO’s); email:


2022 Information Pack

Please note several courses and dates are now booked out. Check the schedule below before applying!

2022 WHSC Junior Sailing Course Schedule

2022 WHSC Junior Sailing Course Application Form


Note 1: Participation in an ISA accrediting course does not guarantee your certification – you must be able to demonstrate that you have understood and can complete the relevant skills to achieve certification. Similar to acquiring new skills in any discipline, the more time you spend practicing the better you will become. So we encourage you to gain as much experience and time on the water as you can outside of course time. Take any and every opportunity that comes your way to go sailing, even if it’s not in a boat that you have sailed before – get out there, have fun and enjoy your sailing.

The provision of each course is subject to demand and is at the discretion of the Commodore and the Junior Organiser.




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