More information on each course
Step 1 – Competent Crew Course
This 5-day course familiarises you with a yacht while learning to effectively and safely carry out crewing tasks. Competent Crew students are also training in helming and all physical tasks of making the boat go. The course runs over five days, either Monday to Friday or across two weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday followed by the subsequent Saturday and Sunday). Course fees are €785. The courses always berth on an East Coast marina, with access to mainline train services. You’re more than welcome to stay onboard, but you can head off each evening and re-join the boat in the morning. Meals are also provided on board for late finishes.
Step 2 – Day Skipper Theory
Get to grips with the basics of coastal and inshore navigation and pilotage. There are two options for this course:
- The first is an online course you can complete in your own time. Instructor support is available in real-time so you study worldwide and at times convenient for you. This option costs €400.
- Secondly, the classroom-based courses, which allows you work in a more structured and immersive environment. These courses are run across roughly 1 month (Saturdays 9.30 am-5 pm, Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6-9.30 pm) and feature a remote video link and recorded session in case you can’t make it in person each session. This option costs €525.
Step 3 – Day Skipper Practical Course
You’ll be back on board for another 5-days, either spread over a Friday and two weekends or a Monday to Friday block. This time you’ll be applying all the skills from the theory course to on water navigation, as well as developing crew management skills and taking on the full skippering responsibilities.
Courses are available from March onwards each year and cost €785.
Applying for the ICC
Irish Sailing is responsible for the issuing of ICCs in Ireland. Upon completion of the Day Skipper course, you will receive the practical course completion certificate. This demonstrates your competency requirements for applying for the ICC and the next steps are outlined on Irish Sailing’s website.
Would I need anything else to charter abroad?
Each charter company will insist on a slight variation of requirements, but most make it very easy to see what qualifications are needed. The ICC is widely recognised, however, we always recommend checking specifically what would be needed in each destination.
Want some advice?
We would be delighted to chat to you about this programme and can offer advice about what is right for each individual’s circumstances. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01 2844195.