What is a Dinghy?

A Dinghy is a small open sailing boat which is great for day sailing, having fun and racing.  Dinghies provide a popular, affordable and exiting way of getting afloat.  They are equally at home being used for day trips with family and friends or for racing.

Where Should I Go to Start Sailing?

There are many ISA accredited Training Centres and Clubs around the coast and on inland waterways who offer a range of sailing courses for both beginners and the more experienced sailor.

What is the Best Course for Me?

Cara na Mara
A fun introduction to sailing and the marine environment for young sailors;
the ISA's programme for young sailors aged 7 - 10

Taste of Sailing

A short introduction to the thrill of sailing
Start Sailing

Introducing elements of all the skills you will need to become a competent sailor.
Basic Skills 

Setting you up as an independent sailor.
Improving Skills

Consolidating and practicing your sailing skills.
Advanced Boat Handling

Developing advanced skills in boat handling and tuning.  Ideal preparation for all the specialist courses ahead.

A call to your local ISA Training Centre or Club would help you decide which course would best suit your needs.

What Should I Bring?

The ISA Training Centre or Club where you will do your course will normally provide all the equipment you need.  You should bring the following with you:

•    Swimming togs;
•    Old shoes/runners or booties;
•    A wetsuit* (if you have one); and
•    A buoyancy aid* (if you have one).

*All ISA Training Centres can normally supply these.

Again, you can chat to your local ISA Training Centre or Club when you are booking your place on a course and they will advise you on what they can supply and what you will need to bring.


For a full list of all ISA Personal Skills Sailing Courses, the details of each course, a list of Course Providers and a list of scheduled courses please click on the link opposite.

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