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Introduction to Sailing 2020

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 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. 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.

Adult courses will be scheduled during early summer 2023. Look out for updates on our booking page below or register your interest by emailing

Junior Summer Courses

Summer Sailing Courses for kids run during the summer holidays from June to the end of August.  These courses for ages 7 and above provide a rich foundation in understanding the marine environment, training on all aspects of sailing and certifications from Irish Sailing. GBSC provides a fun, safe environment and even provides wetsuits and life jackets. Come along and start a lifetime of love for sailing.

Summer Camps
 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

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

Junior Training

Junior Training


Once children have reached an ability to sail they can join our weekly Junior sailing group on Thursday evenings during the summer and on Sunday Mornings in Spring and Autumn.

Children from 8 to 13 are coached in Optimist dinghies 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.

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