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.


In accordance with Irish Sailing and wider Government policy, Galway Bay Sailing Club will not be running any training courses for the foreseeable future. Should future scheduled training events and courses be required to be cancelled or postponed in line with this policy, transfer to a similar course at a later date will be offered and if this does not suit, a full refund will be given. We will continue to take online bookings for junior summer here and we hope to be able to run a summer programme as soon as it is safe for both staff and trainees to do so.

If you have any specific queries please contact us at training@gbsc.ie

Introduction to Sailing 2020

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 April 29th. 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, bouyancy 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 training@gbsc.ie


The start-date for the 2020 Adult Introduction to Sailing has been postponed until the 27th May. We are still accepting bookings at the link below.

Junior Summer Courses

New for 2020! Cara Na Mara 

Cara Na Mara is an on the water and shoreside training programme that delivers the basics sailing skills, seamanship, environmental awareness and science for 6 to 10 year olds.

The course, developed by Irish Sailing, is a child-focused approach to introducing sailing to children, allowing them to discover, explore and practice the skills and knowledge they will need as sailors while under the leadership and supervision of Irish Sailing qualified instructors and within an Irish Sailing recognised training centre. There is a strong emphasis on allowing the sailors to appreciate and enjoy the water and outdoor environment safely.

The skills and knowledge tie into the National School Curriculum.

Galway Bay Sailing Club is delighted to be the first Irish Sailing Training Centre to offer this course in the Galway Bay area. Split into small age appropriate groups of Otters (6-7 yrs), Seals (7-9yrs), Orcas (8-10yrs) and Dolphins (9-11yrs), the week-long Cara Na Mara programme combines shore-based marine and environmental awareness activities together with on-the-water sail training making it the ultimate fun yet educational summer sailing course available. The courses commence on July 5th running throughout the month of July only and, as course numbers are limited, early booking is advised. 

 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 training@gbsc.ie

More Courses for August to be added soon!


Easter Camps

Our annual Easter sailing camps provide a wonderful taste of sailing early in the season.


Be it a refresher course or the first steps towards mastering the skill, an easter camp at GBSC is a great way to entertain the kids during the holidays!

From ISA Taste of Sailing right through to Advanced Boat handling and class specific coaching, we have a course that will suit every child.


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 training@gbsc.ie

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 training@gbsc.ie

Powerboat Courses

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.

If you are interested in a powerboat course check out our booking site  https://bookwhen.com/gbsc-training or send an email to training @gbsc.ie


Junior Weekend 


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