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The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School at Dun Laoghaire have announced one final chance to get your sea survival training completed before the end of the year. Kenny Rumball will be delivering a course on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th of December in advance of a busy 2023 offshore racing season, including an expanded ISORA calendar and the Fastnet Race.

The course takes place at the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School’s Dun Laoghaire West Pier clubhouse, with practical components running in the Monkstown Blue Pool. Course times are 9 am-5 pm each day, and included in the training are the components to qualify for the World Sailing Offshore Personal Safety Certificate. This would cover successful attendees for Categories 0, 1 and some Category 2 offshore races. It also meets the requirements for commercial endorsement for power and sail operators.

Kenny Rumball of the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School at Dun LaoghaireKenny Rumball of the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School at Dun Laoghaire

Kenny Rumball shares plans for 2023, “We’re about to publish an expanded programme of shore-based training and courses suitable for commercial operators. This is to build upon the return of our full range of advanced training courses this year that had been curtailed by the pandemic. It’s great to see the increased number of those interested in entering the marine industry, and we’ll play our part in supporting this”.

The school are shortly publishing dates for a wide range of Navigation and Theory courses, intermediate powerboat, advanced powerboat and Yachtmaster programmes.

For now, those interested in getting a pre-Christmas boating safety workout can join the Sea Survival Course on Wednesday, 14th and Thursday, 15th of December here.

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#CourseDispute - A top maritime college’s dispute with Irish marine authorities over the approval of sea survival refresher training has reached the High Court, as the Irish Examiner reports.

The National Maritime College of Ireland, under the Cork Institute of Technology, argues that the refusal by Transport Minister Shane Ross to approve its refresher courses could see it facing claims for almost €1 million in course fees.

As previously reported on, all commercial mariners were required to have completed a programme of mandatory refresher training in basic sea survival by the start of this year.

But the NMCI claimed a submission it made in early 2015 for its relevant courses — provided in a joint venture with SEFtec Global Training Ireland Limited at a cost of €800 per individual — was not approved by the department, putting jobs at risk.

Now that joint venture, SNO, is making a legal challenge against the Department of Transport’s refusal to recognise its certificates — noting that a recent Marine Notice regarding ‘approved’ training is “wholly irrational” and allegedly breaches EU regulations.

The Irish Examiner has much more on the story HERE.

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Stories can be diverse and they can be influential, albeit some are more subtle than others in nature, while other events can be immediately felt. No more so felt, is firstly to those living along the coastal rim and rural isolated communities. Here the impact poses is increased to those directly linked with the sea, where daily lives are made from earning an income ashore and within coastal waters.

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Also focusing the attention of Coastal Notes, are the maritime museums which are of national importance to maintaining access and knowledge of historical exhibits for future generations.

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In complete contrast is to those who harvest the sea, using small boats based in harbours where infrastructure and safety poses an issue, before they set off to ply their trade at the foot of our highest sea cliffs along the rugged wild western seaboard.

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