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Irish Sailing Certified Sailing Courses

Welcome to the Foynes Yacht Club Sailing Academy. We run sailing courses during June and July for 8 to 17 year olds. We provide all the essential equipment from boats to wetsuits and bouyancy aids. All our courses are certified by Irish Sailing and run by fully qualified instructors.

Sailing lessons are run on the Optimist Dinghy for children from 8 to 12 years and on the Topaz Dinghy for teens from 13 to 17 years.

             Optimist Dinghy

            Topaz Dinghy

“There might be nothing in the world that teaches as many life lessons as the activitiy of sailing. It teaches teamwork, engineering, history, patience, oceanography, ecology…all in one fell swoop. Because of this, every kid should learn to sail.”

Course Dates 2019

June    13-17 Years Only – Try Sailing – Daily Rate

Tuesday 25th to Friday 28th June:  Book full or half days of sailing or kayaking. Suitable for beginners or for experienced sailors who would like to refresh their skills.

June Try Sailing (Rate per Day)
Full Day    €30
Half Day   €15

Certified courses take place for four weeks starting in July for 8 years to 17 years.

Week 1 : Monday July 1st  – Friday July 5th
Week 2 : Monday July 8th – Friday July 12th
Week 3 : Monday July 15th – Friday July 19th

Week 4 : Monday July 29th – Friday August 2nd

*Note: The Sailing Academy will not run from Monday July 23rd to Friday 26th due to hosting the WIORA West Coast Championships.

Course Times

Participants have the option of Full Day or Half Day Courses.

Full Days:
10am to 5pm.

Half Days:
Mornings   10am to 1pm
Afternoons   2pm to 5pm

Course Costs

Irish Sailing Certified Courses
Full Day                      €180
Members Discount   €160

Half Days                    €90
Members Discount   €80

Skills Development 
After completing a course come along for five days of supervised sailing to be skills ready for your next course.
Full Days                    €120
Half Days                   €60

Irish Sailing Certified Levels

Basic Courses

  • Taste of Sailing
  • Start Sailing
  • Basic Skills
  • Improving Skills

Click here for more information on Basic Courses

Advanced Courses

  • Advanced Boat Handling
  • Start Racing

Click here for more information on Advanced Courses


In Jan 2017 Irish Sailing launched ChecKlick, an electronic Sailing Passport and Logbook. Participants must now provide an email address for issuing of Certificates.

Click here for more information on ChecKlick

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Contact Us

For further information contact Mike at:

Tel: 0894544904

Email: info@foynesyachtclub.com