Come and Learn to sail at Ballyhome Yacht Club

Summer Courses:

Learn to sail with Ballyholme Yacht Club and our RYA Adult Dinghy courses for 16 – 80 year olds. Choose from weekend or weekly courses. You can book as many courses as you like to build up confidence over the summer. Most courses feature Laser Picos single-handed and Laser Bahias where you sail with someone else (often an instructor when you’re starting). 

More information about RYA Courses can be found here or please ask us if you have any questions. 

Private Lessons are also available if the dates below don’t suit. Ask for more information

Click on the event below to enrol or for more information

Weekly Courses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


  • 22nd February 2018
    19:00 - 21:00

On Thursday 22nd February, we will be hosting an Open Members Night when we would like to see all of our members – young and old – come down to the club and find out how they can get more involved. Nothing happens in the club – big or small, one-off or regular, – without (more…)


  • 24th & 25th February
    24th February 2018 - 25th February 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 10th & 11th March
    10th March 2018 - 11th March 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 24th & 25th March
    24th March 2018 - 25th March 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 21st & 22nd April
    21st April 2018 - 22nd April 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 26th & 27th May
    26th May 2018 - 27th May 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 23rd & 24th June
    23rd June 2018 - 24th June 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 21st & 22nd July
    21st July 2018 - 22nd July 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 25th & 26th August
    25th August 2018 - 26th August 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 29th & 30th September
    29th September 2018 - 30th September 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 27th & 28th October
    27th October 2018 - 28th October 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 24th & 25th November
    24th November 2018 - 25th November 2018
    09:30 - 17:00

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


  • 25th February 2018
    09:00 - 12:00
  • 4th March 2018
    09:00 - 12:00
  • 11th March 2018
    09:00 - 12:00
  • 18th March 2018
    09:00 - 12:00

Laser Performance Training will continue on Sunday 14th January 2018 at 0900 hrs – 1200 hrs for 10 weeks. (Pay for 6 upfront and then pay as you go for the rest.) This course is open to all Laser fleet. Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial class are particularly welcome. This instruction will look at the (more…)


  • Part 2 Race 4
    25th February 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 5
    4th March 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 6
    11th March 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 7
    18th March 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 8
    25th March 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 9
    8th April 2018
    14:30 - 16:30

Sponsored by Ireland’s largest open series returns this winter with the Ballyholme Yacht Club Danskebank Private Banking Icebreaker Series. Twenty-one races from Sunday 1st October to 8th April will see some of Ireland’s top dinghy sailors compete in a variety of dinghy classes with four separate starts. Registration will be open from 13:00 with the (more…)


  • RYA Marine Radio (SRC)
    1st March 2018 - 4th March 2018
    18:30 - 12:00

Thursday, 1st March – 6:30-10pm at BYC; Saturday, 3rd March – 9-12pm and Sunday, 4th March from 9am. The RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the minimum qualification required to operate marine VHF radio equipment on a UK flagged vessel. This includes both fixed and handheld equipment with and without Digital Selective Calling (DSC). It (more…)


  • Compressor Operator SDC
    10th March 2018
    09:00 - 16:00

You will learn about the design and working parts of gas compressors, and the air quality that divers need and how to test for it. You will also learn about cylinder regulations and become competent at compressor operation and cylinder filling. The half-day course consists of four theory sessions, an open forum, and a practical session. (more…)


  • Practical Rescue Management
    11th March 2018
    08:30 - 17:00

On this one-day course you will learn to manage the resources at your disposal in order to make the most effective use of them in a rescue. There is a mixture of theory and practical sessions covering the rescue management process, including removing casualty to a point of safety, first aid priorities, summoning emergency services (more…)


  • 14th & 15th April
    14th April 2018 - 15th April 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 9th & 10th June
    9th June 2018 - 10th June 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 11th & 12th August
    11th August 2018 - 12th August 2018
    09:30 - 17:00

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.


  • WOW - commencing 1st May
    1st May 2018 - 22nd May 2018
    18:30 - 21:00
  • WOW - commencing 29th May
    29th May 2018 - 19th June 2018
    18:30 - 21:00
  • WOW - commencing 26th June
    26th June 2018 - 17th July 2018
    18:30 - 21:00
  • WOW - commencing 24th July
    24th July 2018 - 14th August 2018
    18:30 - 21:00

New to sailing?  Female?  Then this course is for you. WOW is designed specifically for novice sailors. It starts at 6:30pm on Tuesdays and finishes by 9pm.  No prior knowledge is assumed and it is conducted in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. 1st May – 22nd May 29th May – 19th June 26th June – 17th (more…)


  • Family Course - Level 1 - May
    19th May 2018 - 20th May 2018
    09:30 - 16:30
  • Family Course - Level 1 - June
    16th June 2018 - 17th June 2018
    09:30 - 16:30
  • Family Course - Level 1 - Aug
    11th August 2018 - 12th August 2018
    08:30 - 16:30

This weekend course is the perfect opportunity for the family to learn a new skill together. It aims to teach and develop the basic sailing abilities such as rigging, tacking, launching and landing, as well as theory such as wind understanding and knots. This course is best suited for children aged 10 up in order (more…)

Click on the relevant course for more details from the RYA Website

 

Until now, there has been little interest in Level 3 and Advanced Courses although the skills can be taught during Private Lessons. Please talk to our Training Manager or the BYC Office if you are interested in any of the more advanced courses.

 

Adult dinghy courses are normally held on weekends or as a series of evening sessions – eg Adult Monday Night Course May – June. If you want to do a course in your own time, we can also organise this through Private Lessons.

All of our Adult Dinghy courses are based on the RYA syllabus with fully trained RYA Instructors in our fleet of Laser Bahias, Picos and RS Fevas. You can also use your own boat if you wish.

We also have a number of other opportunities on Friday Night Social Sailing and other times for members. Many of these require that you have already done Level 2.

KIT LIST Please bring the following with you:

  • warm clothing (lots of woollen layers) for the upper body
  • hoodie, booties, gloves – all neoprene if you have them
  • waterproof, wetsuit and buoyancy aid if you have them (otherwise provided by BYC)
  • a complete change of clothes
  • towel
  • plastic bin bag for wet clothes
  • long hair must be tied back
  • minimal jewellery
  • MEDICATION (inhalers etc.)

Please contact training@ballyholme.com or call 0771566549 if you have any questions. Please call the main office on 02891271467 or office@ballyholme.com (Sandra) or admin@ballyholme.com (Helen).

If you have any concerns or a complaint regarding training at Ballyholme Yacht Club and you wish to talk to someone other than the Principal or the Chief Instructor, please contact the Commodore Mark Mackey on markjamackey@icloud.com