Training Courses

Irish Nautical Trust Course List


Introduction Course

This introduction course will allow students to explore and also help them to learn of the importance of the River Liffey and the Dublin Port area as well as its Maritime History. We will also explore the economic and social benefits of Dublin Port as well and the overall Maritime industry and potential for employment within this sector.

As part of this course students will learn about team work and the importance of etc. etc.


Day 1

  • Video introduction to the history of the marine environment which will include Dublin Port infrastructure and other related marine industries.
  • Introduction to the types of Vessels work platforms
  • Marine Personnel and the type of work that they perform
  • VTS Recordings of ship movements
  • The type of jobs and careers opportunities that are available to include construction type work in the port

Day 2

  • Introduction to Dublin Port Safety Booklet
  • Boat Trip through Port and upper parts of the River Liffey
  • On site Safety introduction prior to boarding of vessel.
  • Students will then board and travel by boat to a number of locations throughout the Port to familiarise them with the environment and with safety procedures.
  • Stopping off at various locations to introduce them to the infrastructures works up close.
  • Traveling West up the River Liffey under the bridges in smaller vessel to experience tidal effects and flows.

Day 3

Practical Boat handling and basic seaman ship & Safety 2 days

Community Technician  Nautical Language/LINGO

Introduction to Navigation


  • Departure and tying up using ropes and lines
  • Pre-departure checks in varying wind and tidal conditions
  • Understanding the wind direction and tidal flows
  • Varying speed requirements of vessel on approaches to and from pontoons and quay wall
  • Single handed departure and arrival and the use of rope work skills
  • Learning to maintain access and egress areas of ferry
  • Mooring up at pontoon or quay wall
  • Manoeuvring of vessel during ebb and flooding tides including heavy winds
  • Anchoring
  • Communicating with crew
  • Assigning duties to crew
  • Helming boat in moderate swells
  • Safety Procedures / Personal protective equipment (PPE) & boat safety
  • Deploying anchor if necessary
  • Communicating with other vessels on the river and VTS / Port Radio
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Emergency radio communication procedures and liaising with the Emergency Services
  • Navigation of the river
  • Awareness of your surroundings including weather conditions, tidal flows, other vessels on the river


Course 1  2 days

The aim of this powerboat course is to provide a short practical introduction to boat handling and safety on powerboats being used on all Irish waters. The course lasts 7 hours.

Course 2    2 days

The National Powerboat Certificate course is designed to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to safely and effectively, skipper an open powerboat by day, on inland and coastal waters with which they are familiar. The training is run over 2 days and has teaching ratios of 3:1

Course 3

This is a 5-day course:

  • Emergency situations
  • Taking charge of a survival craft or rescue boat during or after launch
  • Principles of survival
  • Survivor and survival craft management after abandoning ship
  • First aid application to survivors
  • Radio equipment
  • Signalling for rescue
  • Operation of a survival craft engine and rowing practice
  • Use of locating devices including communication and signalling apparatus and pyrotechnics

National approvals: The U.K., Liberia, and The Bahamas

Course content:

1 Day First Aid

1-day class room theory

Deployment of Life rafts &Flares

1 day in swimming pool exercise


Course 4

Martin Darcy, Contractor (2 days)

Course content:



Course 5

Go sailing or Martin Darcey, Contractor (4 days ?)

September- March (Martin Darcey)

Navigation theory, (1 days)


Course 6

Community Technician, Brian Hughes, (5days)                  


Course 7

Contractor (1day),


Course 8

Contractor, (2days)


Course 9

Community (2 days)

Rope Course & wire splicing                                                                         €


Course 10  2 Day

Towing control and communication procedures 2 days

Deploying anchors and retrieval procedures 1 day

Tying up of large vessels including communication procedures 


Night time

Skippering of vessel during

Approaches and communication procedures  

in and out of the Dublin Port .      1 day

Day time

Approaches and communication procedures 

in and out of the Dublin Port .


Course 11

Old Liffey Ferry 6 days as crew and skipper


Work experience

Liffey Ferry Skipper & Crew/ Work experience (5days)

Work experience on the following vessels:

Dublin Bay cruise (1day)

Dublin Port Pilot Boat (2days)

City Kayaking, Safety Boat Skipper (2days)

Dolphin Boat watch as crew and trainee skipper (3days)

Fast net shipping Crew (2 days)

Rin Voyager as crew (2days)


The Maritime Training courses, some of which are unique to the River Liffey and Dublin Port area will be carried out by a combination of local experienced seafaring technicians and existing Irish Sailing Association registered certified training contractors.

Students do not require any previous marine experience or minimum education qualifications.