Adult Sail Training

WHSC ADULT SAIL TRAINING 2020

Having acquired two Wayfarers in 2016 WHSC started a programme to help and encourage adults of all ages with little or no experience to get on the water and experience the thrill of sailing. It has been an overwhelming success with several going on to purchase their own boat and are now participating fully in all club sailing. Kim Byrne is the current organiser of the adult sailing group with Roy Power assisting in the background.

COVID 19 UPDATE

Unfortunately, due to the Covid 19 pandemic this year, we are restricted from going ahead with beginner lessons at the moment. The wayfarer lessons usually incorporate 2 adults and an instructor in the boat together, and social distancing of 2 Mtrs is also not possible with 3 people in the boat. Should the social distance rule be reduced to 1 Mtr, then we can look into the option of taking 1 beginner with an instructor in the wayfarer and we will advise when/if this is possible. Please also note that, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the changing rooms at the club are not available for use and use of the club house is for members only. Participants will have to change their clothes at their cars.

FOR BEGINNERS

We offer lessons on the water in the large very safe Wayfarer dinghies of which we have two. Each boat takes two adults plus an instructor. Please allow 1hr 15 mins for each lesson which includes 15 mins to learn and help how to rig the boat, 45 mins on the water and 15 mins to help de-rig the boat afterwards. This is a super easy way to get introduced to sailing.
Absolutely no experience is necessary. All you need is a life vest (as these are not supplied by the club and are mandatory) and whilst it is highly unlikely the boat will capsize, you need to be prepared to get wet. Ideally bring a change of clothes and a towel and wear runners or shoes that you don’t mind getting wet as you will be walking the boat down the slip into the water. Please leave your phones in your car and give you car key to your instructor. Note – if you are late arriving then the lesson may be shortened or cancelled as we cannot delay the exit from the water in the evening time.

PRICING & SCHEDULE

The cost is €25 each per lesson for members and €35 each per lesson for non-members. If these lessons are approved to proceed for the summer of 2020, we hope to have lessons at 6.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (subject to availability).

ACCREDITATION

We can offer full ISA accreditation for all lessons to members only. This means your instructor will have a plan for each lesson and will sign off the sailors on reaching competency in specific skills, so that sailors are building modules to achieve official ISA accreditation similar to the kids. This can be done over any time period at the sailors own pace and can in fact be carried to and recognised in other clubs or sailing schools.

HOW DO I BOOK A LESSON

A beginners sailing What’s App group has been set up so all adults wishing to take lessons must register to get up to date information and to book a lesson. To join, text ‘Adult Training’ and your name to Kim Byrne on 087-9969521 and you will be joined to the group.

Availability for the week ahead will be sent out on What’s App regularly. Bookings can only be made for the week ahead and through the What’s App group to Kim Byrne who will co-ordinate this. Please note that members will be given priority when booking and any subsequent availability will then be offered to non-members. Bookings can be cancelled without charge up to two days before the booking however a full charge will be made for cancellations within 2 days. Sailors can be substituted at their own discretion. Where lessons have been abandoned due to weather, the lesson will be re-scheduled as soon as practical.

COACHING FOR MORE ADVANCED SAILING OR RACING

We are endeavouring to secure senior laser coaching for a minimum of 4 boats at intermediate / advanced level at the moment. All 4 boats need to be of a similar skill level with a common coaching goal. Coaching will be on Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm. A block of 4 evenings costs €100 or €30 per session. Contact Stuart if interested on 087-9696564.

A LA CARTE TRAINING

With favourable weather, plenty of notice and sufficient money, we will endeavour to accommodate training requests from private lessons to coaching for any particular skill so if your needs are not met by our official programme, please feel free to contact us to explore possibilities.

ALL SAILING IS SUBJECT TO WEATHER AND AS SAFETY IS OUR PRIMARY GOAL, THE SENIOR INSTRUCTOR, SAFETY OFFICER OR COMMODORE HAS THE FINAL CALL ON SAILING ON ANY PARTICULAR DAY. DINGHY HIRE IS ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS.