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As an R.Y.A. recognized training centre, Carrickfergus Sailing Club offer an extensive range of R.Y.A. sailing courses and powerboat courses to cater for everyone’s needs.
With qualified and friendly instructors we create a safe and fun environment for all ages to relax and learn how to sail, getting the most out of their course.
Carrickfergus Sailing Club provide excellent clubhouse facilities, with friendly staff. The restaurant and bar overlooks Belfast Lough, so you chill out in the club house and watch all the sailing activity on the Lough.



RYA Sailing Courses

Junior Sailing Courses

These are usually run from Monday to Friday during the summer months

RYA YSS Stages 1&2 for junior sailors aged 8-16.


Adult Sailing Courses

We plan to run some RYA adult sailing courses in the Bahia’s.

RYA NSS Levels 1&2

These courses are usually run over two weekends.



Junior Sailing/Beginner Coaching

Kids love sailing almost as much as they love falling in the water. Here at Carrickfergus Sailing Club our aim is not just to get youngsters up and going, but also to really get them into sailing and to experience the amazing buzz you get from doing it.



RYA Powerboat Courses

Throughout the year Carrickfergus Sailing Club will be running powerboat courses, on demand for anyone who is interested.

RYA Level 1 

This course is an introduction to boating techniques for launching and recovering a boat from a road trailer, everyday boat handling and the use of safety equipment.

A one day introduction to powerboating.

RYA Level 2 

This two-day entry level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence.

 It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations. The course can be taken inland or on the coast and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

RYA Safety Boat 

This two-day course provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities.

 It includes rescue techniques and elements of race management and mark laying.


Navigation & Seamanship Theory


Day Skipper

A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers.

This course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.


Course topics include:

  • the basics of seamanship
  • the essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
  • chartwork
  • electronic charts
  • position fixing
  • plotting a course to steer
  • weather forecasting and meteorology
  • tides
  • collision regulations
  • construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat
  • emergency and safety procedures including distress calls,use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts


Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore 

Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages.


This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Yachtmaster™ Coastal and Yachtmaster™ Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

The course is taught over 40 hours with three exam papers. It can be covered as a series of short sessions normally in the evening and the odd weekend.

Course topics include:

  • position fixing
  • course shaping and plotting
  • tidal knowledge
  • use of almanacs and admiralty publications
  • electronic position finding equipment
  • taking and interpreting forecasts
  • plotting weather systems
  • weather predictions using a barometer and by observation
  • collision regulations
  • customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad

It allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques.



First Aid

Our one-day course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages.

In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations. This one-day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers.

It fulfils the requirements for:

  • professional skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven, including Boatmasters;
  • the Senior First Aid certificate needed by offshore racers subject to ISAF's regulations on first aid training (OSR 4.08.4).

The course is recommended by the MCA and HSE.