Category: Courses

VHF COURSES – March 29th & 30th.

A course for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment.

The aim of the course, is to provide trainees understanding (practical and theoretical) of VHF communication at sea. The course includes training, preparation and examination for VHF radio license, required by the Irish Government.

All skippers and power-boat/rescue-boat skippers must be licensed radio-operators. Crews on yachts and rescue craft are encouraged to learn and become licensed operators also. A VHF license is highly recommended pre-requisite for ISA ‘Safety Boat’ candidates.

Successful attainment of a licence and associated personal identity radio codes from the Department will allow the holder to fully benefit from DSC emergency functions of his / her modern VHF radio or EPIRB in sending pre-defined digital distress messages.

Dates: Course requires 1 evening and 1 full day of training and is offered as follows:

Friday 29/03/2019 18:30 – 21:30

Saturday 30/03/2019 09:30 – 17:30 ( incl. exam)

Additional courses may be scheduled subject to demand.

Venue: WHSC Club house.

Equipment: VHF handsets are provided but if you have your own set please bring it along.

Cost: 220 EUR/per person (incl. tuition, oral and written examination, Irish Government VHF License and DSC codes)

Confirmation: if you are interested in the course, please contact Nicholas Walsh at or 086 256 9636. Note fees will be collected in advance of the course.

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Young cruiser crew opportunity

There is an opportunity this year for young sailors age 17-25 years to form their own team on one of WHSC’s Cruisers.

Yacht “Seven Whistlers” will be going back in the water well prepared and is hoping to develop with “in house” coaches and external coaches a new generation of cruiser sailors.

You will be tasked with all the aspects of cruiser sailing on the boat in such a way that you will feel confident that you can sail and race a cruiser at the end of the season.

Aspects that will be coached:

  • Boat preparation
  • Start strategy
  • First to windward marker
  • Sail trim
  • Teamwork

At the end of the season we will be able to give the oldies a lesson in sailing .

What is required from you:

Availability to practice on Saturdays in May 14.00-17.00 hours

Availability for sailing frequently on Thursday – Sunday afternoons

Be a reliable part of the team

Membership for 2019 of Waterford Harbour Sailing club

Previous sailing experience would be great but not a pre-requisite.

To apply send e-mail with your experience and why you think you would be a good crew member for this season to

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Learn to Powerboat at WHSC this Spring. Places Limited !

Happy New Year to all

It’s time for New Years resolutions or refreshing old ones! Consider adding a great life skill – Powerboating – in 2019 and the club will endeavor to facilitate supervised hours of driving experience after graduation ! Places have been filling up fast so read on and sign up today to avoid disappointment.

WHSC have partnered with South Coast Sailing to offer Power Boat training in Dunmore East this spring. Courses will result in award of up to the

ISA ‘ National Powerboat’ Certificate’ . Places are limited so please survey course availability and complete your booking here

Subject to demand, ISA ‘ Safety Boat’ course may also be offered.

For more info on either offerings or to express your interest in the ‘Safety Boat’ course contact details for Gary Curran – 086 2623727 or or

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Saturday Sea legs – STARTS THIS SATURDAY

Saturday Sea Legs

July 21st – Aug 18th

Saturday Sea legs

Have you found yours?

Want to start your little ones sailing? Try out our family sailing group ‘Saturday Sea legs’. We accept children from age 5+ and introduce them to sailing in a fun and safe environment. They will learn water safety, sailing and boating terms and will make loads of new friends. This course is open to WHSC members and non-members.

Contact Maire by email to book your place now!

  • Fun and safe introduction to sailing for ages 5+
  • 5 Saturdays from 9am – 11am
  • Open to WHSC Members and non-members
  • Cost: €40 for members, €80 for non-members (Boat rental INCLUDED)
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Junior Sailing Course Schedule 2018 published

The Junior Sailing Course Schedule 2018 has been published, you will find full information pack here – summary below.


LEARN TO SAIL AND FUN SAILING                        
Teen Week   13Yrs  ✓              ✓ 195.00 Included
Boating Buddies   7yrs    ✓    ✓         120.00 Included
Cool Cadets   8yrs             120.00 Included
Beginners   9yrs         170.00 Not Included
Developing   10yrs         170.00 Not Included
Intermediate   11yrs         170.00 Not Included
Improvers   12yrs         170.00 Not Included
ADVANCED SKILLS                          
Race Coaching   12yrs         170.00 Not Included
420 Sailing   14yrs         220.00 Included
Wayfarer Sailing   14yrs         220.00 Included
Start Sailing   9yrs            ✓  ✓   170.00 Not Included
Basic Skills   10yrs            ✓  ✓   170.00 Not Included
Improving Skills   11yrs            ✓  ✓   170.00 Not Included
ADVANCED SKILLS                          
Go Racing   12yrs             200.00 Not Included
Advanced Boat Handling   13yrs            ✓  ✓   200.00 Not Included
Kites & Wires   14yrs            ✓  ✓   220.00 Included
Adventure   14yrs            ✓  ✓   220.00 Included
Assistant Instructor   16yrs             250.00 None None

Note 1: Assistant Instructor courses = Two X 2 week courses – limited to 3 places each course

Note 2: 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.

Note 3: All courses begin at 9.30am everyday, except the TEEN WEEK beginning June 25th which begins on Monday 25th at 2pm, but begins at
9.30am all other days, and also excepting BOATING BUDDIES and COOL CADETS both begin at 10am and finish at 2pm daily.
All courses finish at 4.30pm everyday, except on WEDNESDAYS, when we break at 1pm, and everyone comes back at 5pm for club racing, which finishes about 9pm.

Note 4:  If you book 3 or more weeks in July you can avail of a 50% >discount on August courses.

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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Sea Legs Fun

The final weekend of ‘Saturday Sea Legs’ was took place last Weekend. Congratulations to all those who were presented with their certificates by our Commodore… Well done!

A big THANK YOU to all the organisers, instructors and helpers who made Sea Legs happen.

Click photo gallery below to share some of the smiles and fun had by everyone.

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Reminder – Saturday Sea Legs confirmation due by June 24th

For those who have requested a place to be held via provisional booking for Saturday Sea Legs. Please remember
applications and payments must be received by June 24th in order to confirm your place.

If you no longer want to hold your provisional booking, please let Andrea know ( so that those children on the waiting list can be accommodated.

Thank you for your understanding.

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VHF license Course – Saturday July 22nd and Monday evening July 24th



ON Saturday July 22nd With exam on Monday evening July 24th

Cost to complete course is €220

The VHF license Short Range Certificate of Competence (module 1 and 2) is issued by the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport

Places are limited and will be filled by first to reserve get the places – non-refundable €100 deposit secures your place, balance to be paid on the day.

You can give your deposit to Nicky, Trish Power, or leave it at the bar in the sailing club, in an envelope with your name, telephone no and the name of the course – i.e. VHF

To register your interest and for further information please contact Nicky Walsh, course tutor, at 086 256 9636 or

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RYA Marine 1st Aid Course – Saturday July 29th




Cost to complete course is €100

Places are limited and will be filled by first to reserve get the places – €25 deposit secures your place, balance to be paid on the day.

To register your interest and for further information please contact Nicky Walsh, course tutor, at 086 256 9636 or

You can give your deposit to Nicky,  Trish Power, or leave it in at the bar in an envelope clearly marked with you name, phone number, and name of course – i.e 1st aid.

Please note – this is a specialised marine 1st aid course which is specifically for anyone involved in water sports or other water related activities.

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