Learn to Sail
Sailing is a life-long sport. Book your course online today!
As an accredited Irish Sailing Training Centre, Galway Bay Sailing Club provides quality tuition and training to national and international standards.
We provide a wide range of sailing and power-boat courses for all ages, physical abilities and skill levels. From Easter and throughout the summer, there is a course here for you!
We also run regular weekly sail training and coaching programmes for junior and adult members - be it to improve boat handling, get more confidence sailing on breezy days or to compete at regional and national regattas - joining GBSC will improve your sailing ability and increase your enjoyment on the water.
Adults Introduction to Sailing
If you've never sailed before but are keen to try it out, then this is the course for you. GBSC will run their annual Introduction to Sailing course this year commencing Wednesday June 16th. Run on 4 Wednesday evenings over 4 weeks, this is a wonderful introduction to sailing and all the club has to offer. All equipment (boat, wetsuit, buoyancy aid) is provided and participants get on the water on both keelboats and dinghies.
The course fee of €179 can be deducted against a one year membership fee, enabling you to avail of discounted courses and dinghy rental. If you wish, you can opt for our 2020 Special 50 year Anniversary Membership Offer. For €396, you can join GBSC for the year and get the Introduction to Sailing course, 25% off an Irish Sailing "Start Sailing" course at GBSC during 2020, discounted dinghy rental for the year and access to coaching every Friday evening.
Places are limited so follow the link below for further information and to book your place. Enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Summer Courses
Other Junior Summer Courses
As well as the Cara Na Mara programme in July we are offering a wide range of sailing courses for juniors aged 11-16 at all levels. These courses are of 2 weeks duration, giving young people the best opportunity to develop friendships, improve their sailing skills and progress to the next level. GBSC certifies sailors on a continual assessment basis using the Irish Sailing Checklick system, so that as soon as they reach a reach a certificate (eg Start Sailing, Basic Skills etc), they can immediately start working towards their next level on their existing course.
Most course fees start at €300 (for GBSC members) and include the use of training centre dinghies, wetsuits and bouyancy aids which is great value for a 2 week sailing course. For more information on Summer courses and online booking, click on any of the links below. Enquiries to
Adult Courses & Coaching
GBSC runs Irish Sailing Level 1 "Start Sailing" courses for adults throughout the summer. Participants can either use a supplied dinghy can use their own. Courses are of one full day on a Saturday followed by 4 evenings taking place over a 2-week period.
We will also be scheduling some weekend adult "Start Sailing" & "Basic Skills" courses over the summer. Taking place from 9:30am to 5pm over a weekend, these are an intensive way to bring your sailing to the next level. Enquiries to
We also offer adult coaching sessions on Friday evenings for club members supporting new and novice dinghy crews to get the hang of trapezes, spinnakers or just to improving their general boat-speed and handling. If you would like to know more about adult coaching sessions, drop an email to
GBSC hosts numerous powerboat courses each year for both the commercial and pleasure industry.
If you want to learn how to drive a powerboat and get the qualification to allow you to do so, then why not enrol on one of our Level 1 or Level 2 powerboat courses now!
ISA Introduction to Powerboat (Level 1) courses are available to all ages and are a great starting point if you are interested starting off your boating career.
ISA National Powerboat Courses are available to anyone aged 14 or older and give you the necessary qualification to skipper a powerboat of any shape or size.
Once you feel competent sailing by yourself you can join in our weekly junior sailing programme which runs Sunday Mornings from September to November and Feburary to June.
Children from 8 to 13 are coached in Optimist dinghys while older children are coached in RS Feva's and Laser 4.7's.
To participate you must have your own boat or rent one of the club dinghies