Cara Na Mara 2024

An on the water and shoreside training programme that delivers the basic sailing skills of seamanship, environmental awareness and science for 7 to 10 year olds.

Cara na Mara is a child focused approach to introducing sailing to children, allowing children 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.

Sailors spend the first part of the day doing experiments, like making a barometer, measuring the depth of the harbour, art, wildlife identification, 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.

This year we are running the following CNM courses

  • Cara Na Mara Seals (aged 7 -9)
  • Cara na Mara Dolphins (aged 8 – 10)

Membership of WSC is required prior to booking:

Cara Na Mara, Seals and Dolphins

  • Ages 7 – 10.
  • Maximum of 8 sailors in each course.
  • 2 week courses. They run from 10 am until 2pm.
  • Your sailor will need to arrive in a full length wetsuit, with sunscreen applied.
  • They 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.

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

Cara Na Mara Seals (ages 7-9)

Dates10:00am to 2pm dailyCost
Course AJuly 15th – 26thEnroll€235

Cara Na Mara Dolphins (ages 8-10)

Dates10:00 to 2pm dailyCost
Course AJuly 1st – 12thEnroll€235
Course BJuly 15th – 26thEnroll€235
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