Dinghy Instructor

  • Course ID: C113
  • Discipline: Dinghy Sailing
  • Level: Instructor

The course is run over 5 full days at Easter, June and October mid term break.  You must have submitted the pre requisite certs as follows: 

Powerboat level 2 cert and logbook up to date

1st Aid cert

VHF cert ( not compulsory for the course but essential for working afloat)

Pre entry cert

Dinghy sailing logbook up to date

Have completed 2 or more of the advanced modules: advanced boat handling, adventure, go racing, adventure.

Age 17 or close

Safeguarding 1

Garda vetted

Letter of recommendation from your club or centre

Accreditation ISA Dinghy Instructor
Boat ISA Sail fleet Topaz Duo and SailCork fleet of RS Vision 16, Raider 18, Walker Bay, Topaz etc.
Length of Course 5 Days
Objective You will be trained and prepared for the role of the Dinghy Instructor - which is to deliver (teach) Start Sailing, Basic Skills and Improving Skills within the ISA Small Boat Sailing Scheme. The course at SailCork is run by ISA dinghy trainer Eddie English, whose aim is to make the course both informative and enjoyable.
Location SailCork's base at East Ferry near Cobh in Cork Harbour, with waters suitable for sailing in all weather. Full facilities including a chartroom for briefings, changing rooms and easy access to the water for dinghies. We offer transport from Cobh train station to the Marina for a small fee. We also offer a great package for accommodation in a family home, meals and transport.
What to bring Your personal sailing gear, suitable for dinghy sailing in all conditions. Buoyancy aid. Notebook and pen. Whistle and knife. Books including RYA Dinghy Instructor Handbook G14, RYA Dinghy Sailing Advanced Handbook G12, RYA Start Sailing G3, Up to date Personal Logbook (ISA Dinghy Logbook or RYA equivalent). All books available in SailCork shop (click here)
Meals Bring a packed lunch as well as snack and drink for mid morning.

KNOWLEDGE OF SPORT: Role of National Governing Body, Role of ISA Training Centres, Knowledge of ISA Small Boat Sailing Scheme, Role of Coaching Ireland. PERSONAL SKILLS: Sailing skills and knowledge, VHF radio communications, Emergency care. ENVIROMENT: Weather, Tides & currents, Development of environmental interest in participants, Protecting the environment. INSTRUCTION STYLE, VALUES & ETHICS: The instructor, Learning styles & teaching methods, Ethics, Working with children, Inclusion. INSTRUCTION SKILLS: Delivering skills based sessions, Delivering knowledge based sessions, Course programming, Delivering on the water skills sessions, Delivering on shore skills and knowledge sessions, Use of appropriate tasks and exercises, Group management, Managing resources, Assessment - standards and methods, Delivering feedback. SAFETY: Risk assessment, Risk management, Use of safety boats, Action in the event of an emergency. COMMUNICATION: with participants, with other instructors. REVIEW, SELF-REFLECT & EVALUATE: Feedback from participants, Evaluating session objectives, Evaluating methods and performance.

Pre Course Min age 17 years. Recommendation from Club office or Centre Principal. Dinghy Instructor Pre-entry Assessment completed within past 12 months. Valid First Aid Certificate. ISA National Powerboat Cert (endorses for tiller and console controls and 20 hours powerboating logged following cert).
Pre Course Advice Complete pre-course work (dispatched via email in advance). Read syllabus SS, BS, IS(click here). Read G14.
Course Brands ISA
Tags Dinghy Sailing|Instructor|Professional

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Jo, we are back home in the States with wonderful memories of our travels in Ireland.  Tops among those memories, say the boys, are the 5 days of sailing with SailCork.  At dinner with friends, last night each of them described it as their absolute favorite part of the trip.  So thanks to you, Eddie, and everyone there, but especially their young instructor whose name I don't know how to spell!  Calad, Kalid, Cal Ed?  Anyone, the loved it and learned plenty.  I'll keep looking out for that email from, what, "" or whatever it is.  

All the best.


Davie Schein

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