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Coastal Navigation - a navigational aid

Coastal Navigation for Small Boats

If you're a small boat sailor or powerboater and want to navigate the beautiful coastline of Ireland with confidence and skill, the Irish Sailing Coastal Navigation for Small Boats Course is just what you need! This course is also a prerequisite for the advanced powerboat course.

This comprehensive course is designed to teach you everything you need to know about coastal navigation, so you can safely and confidently operate in Irish coastal waters. Whether you're a novice or an experienced sailor, our expert instructors will guide you through the process of planning and executing coastal passages, with a focus on safety and seamanship.

You’ll learn how to use charts and pilot books to plan coastal passages, as well as how to navigate using visual aids, such as landmarks and buoys. You'll also be introduced to electronic navigation tools, such as GPS, and how to interpret weather forecasts to plan your trips accordingly.

Our course is delivered by experienced and qualified instructors, who are passionate about the water and are dedicated to ensuring that you get the most out of your learning experience. We offer both theory and workshop instruction, with hands-on training and real-world scenarios that will prepare you for situations you may encounter while in Irish coastal waters.

So, if you're ready to take your sailing/powerboating to the next level, sign up for the Irish Sailing Coastal Navigation for Small Boats Course today! With our expert instruction and a comprehensive curriculum, you'll be navigating the stunning Irish coastline with confidence in no time.



Previous knowledge

  • Irish Sailing National Powerboat Certificate (open powerboats)

  • Irish Sailing Improving Skills Certificate (sailing dinghies, keelboats or catamarans)

  • Irish Sailing Competent Crew Certificate (sailing yachts)

  • Irish Sailing Helmsman Certificate (motor yachts)


2 days

Locations available

Rosaveel Marina, Galway or Kilmore Quay, Wexford

What to bring

Participants should bring a pen and notepad.

Equipment provided

Charts, Navigation Aids and Instruments, Course Notes, Light refreshments

Number of students



Irish Sailing – Coastal Navigation for Small Boats


Minimum Age


Coastal Navigation for Small Boats
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