The Cara Na Mara programme was introduced by the ISA to encourage sailors from aged 6 to get involved in sailing. Wicklow Sailing Club were one of the early adopters and have been successfully running them since 2013.

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We offer the following courses in Wicklow Sailing Club:

Cara Na Mara Otters (aged 6 – 8)

Cara Na Mara Seals (aged 7 -9)

Cara na Mara Dolphins (aged 8 – 10)

We deliver the programme over 10 half days, starting at 10:00 and finishing at 14:00.

The sailor will spend the first part of the day doing experiments, like making a barometer, measuring the depth of the harbour, art, wildlife identification, or playing games, or learning the parts of the boat. Visiting the seal beach in the club launch is always enjoyed by the young sailors. After a lunch break, we will bring the sailor out on a dinghy, or on later courses, they will sail around the harbour. We will then deliver your child back to you to dry and supervise them getting dressed.

Your sailor will need to arrive in a full length wetsuit, with sunscreen applied. They will also need a Personal Floatation Device (life jacket), old runners (that will get wet in the sea), a drink and lunch. While the sailor need not be a great swimmer at the younger ages, they should be comfortable in the water, in a wetsuit and Personal Floatation Device.

Course dates for 2018


Cara Na Mara Otters (aged 6 – 8)        Course A 9th July to 20th July                  

Cara Na Mara Otters (aged 6 – 8)        Course B 23rd July to 3rd August            


Cara Na Mara Seals (aged 7 -9)      Course A 23rd July to 3rd August                  

Cara Na Mara Seals (aged 7 -9)      Course B 6th August to 17th August             


Cara na Mara Dolphins (aged 8 – 10)    Course A 9th July to 20th July                

Cara na Mara Dolphins (aged 8 – 10)    Course B 6th August to 17th August     


All Courses €200 – just €20 per day!

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Please note all courses are run subject to a minimum number of participants.