Man Overboard Recovery & Boating Safety for Women

  • Course ID: Y720
  • Discipline: Yachting
  • Level: Competent Crew

Women and men approach a physical activity such as sailing in totally different ways. This course is for women. It is about empowering you to create a safe sailing enviroment for you, the men in your life and your children. SailCork's instructors and water safety experts will teach you how to recover a person from the water into a yacht using technique rather than strength.


Length of Course Half day or evening.
Objective To understand the basics of yacht safety. To be able to recover a 100kg (approx 16 stone) man from the water into the boat single handed, using technique and skill rather than strength. To able to bring a boat and crew safely into harbour.
Location Cork Harbour.
Equipment Included The Boat has full safety equipment, all nav. aids and powerful engines. The safety equipment includes lifejackets and harnesses for each crew member. Waterproofs are available on request.
What to bring Your sailing clothes.
Meals Coffee and cake or scones served at break times.

Introduction to yacht safety equipment. Making a VHF distress or urgency call. Returning a yacht to a man overboard. Recovering a man overboard back into the boat. Bringing a boat and crew ashore safely.

Pre Course Read Safety On The Water booklet - 'Sailing Sea Safety Guidelines' available on Check out Irish Sailing Association's WOW (Women on the Water) scheme at

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We are in the process of buying a yacht so we, as a family, decided to do the right thing and take lessons on how to sail it correctly. We are all novices in the sailing department so five of us went out today with Peter Scallan and we had a great day. He asked us up front what we wanted from the day and at this stage I feel we have been given a good base to build from when we decide to take further tuition. Peter is a great instructor and seems to have an intuitive feel for what each person is capable of and adapts accordingly. On top of that he's just a really nice guy and we got on very well with him. The family were discussing the day over a few pints (as you do), and I think we all agreed we left the berth in the morning as a family, but we returned the boat in the evening as a crew and that was all down to the tuition from Peter. In addition to all the sailing, we anchored up and had a delicious lunch cooked from scratch by Jo and as the main cook and bottle washer in my own house I have to say bravo chef. I highly recommend the professional but relaxed setup at Sailcork.


Brian F

Oct 2019
If you wanna learn to sail or improve your techniques this has got to be the best way to do it. I signed up for the competent crew course and it was a blast. Can't recommend sailcork high enough. An easy 5 stars  J Kennedy

J Kennedy

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