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Keeping Kids Involved in Watersports – Tonight at the Dun Laoghaire Lexicon

3rd July 2023
Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School students in an RS Quest dinghy in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School students in an RS Quest dinghy in Dun Laoghaire Harbour

As part of this week's Dun Laoghaire Harbour Coastival Festival, the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School team is hosting a free public talk in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Lexicon this Monday evening, the 3rd of July, from 6.30 pm.

“Getting Kids Involved in Watersports & Keeping Them Involved!” will see INSS leadership and instructors share their successes at keeping participation levels high and what prospective parents can do to encourage their children to get afloat and stay there.

“Getting Kids Involved in Watersports & Keeping Them Involved!” is the theme of an INSS leadership Coastival talk at DLR Lexicon“Getting Kids Involved in Watersports & Keeping Them Involved!” is the theme of an INSS leadership Coastival talk at DLR Lexicon

The lineup for the evening includes:

Muriel Rumball

Muriel runs the popular Sea Explorer's 4-6 Years Programme and is a former primary school principal. She's our lead on our Science Foundation Ireland accredited Discovery Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) ecology programme and an education officer for the Marine Institute.

Glyn Williams

Glyn is the operations manager of the school and a graduate from the kids' sailing courses himself!

Dairine McCabe

Senior Dinghy and Powerboat Instructor Dairine McCabe is a regular on our junior programmes and is involved with all age groups, 4-6 years, 7-10 years, 11-14 years and 15-17 years.

James Griffin

James is a newly qualified dinghy instructor, having recently come right through our courses and is now passing on these skills to new sailors.

Course Participants

We have a few course participants to share their thoughts on what motivates them and what their favourite things about being out on the water is.

Event Details

Date: Monday 3rd July
Time: 6.30 pm-7.30 pm
Where: DLR Lexicon Library

We welcome parents from courses, those interested in getting their kids involved, and anyone interested in watersports. Children are welcome to come along too!

Event Registration

All are welcome to attend, and all registered attendees will be entered into a draw for an INSS Summer Kids Course!

Kenneth Rumball

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Kenny Rumball is the Principal of the Irish National Sailing School in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. He is a multi dinghy champion and offshore sailor. In 2018 he was awarded the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Seamanship Trophy for a Man Overboard Rescue in the Round Ireland Race. In May 2020 he embarked on a mixed offshore doublehanded keelboat campaign with Pamela Lee.

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The Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School is based on Dun Laoghaire's West Pier on Dublin Bay and in the heart of Ireland's marine leisure capital.

Whether you are looking at beginners start sailing course, a junior course or something more advanced in yacht racing, the INSS prides itself in being able to provide it as Ireland's largest sailing school.

Since its establishment in 1978, INSS says it has provided sailing and powerboat training to approximately 170,000 trainees. The school has a team of full-time instructors and they operate all year round. Lead by the father and son team of Alistair and Kenneth Rumball, the school has a great passion for the sport of sailing and boating and it enjoys nothing more than introducing it to beginners for the first time. 

Programmes include:

  • Shorebased Courses, including VHF, First Aid, Navigation
  • Powerboat Courses
  • Junior Sailing
  • Schools and College Sailing
  • Adult Dinghy and Yacht Training
  • Corporate Sailing & Events

History of the INSS

Set up by Alistair Rumball in 1978, the sailing school had very humble beginnings, with the original clubhouse situated on the first floor of what is now a charity shop on Dun Laoghaire's main street. Through the late 1970s and 1980s, the business began to establish a foothold, and Alistair's late brother Arthur set up the chandler Viking Marine during this period, which he ran until selling on to its present owners in 1999.

In 1991, the Irish National Sailing School relocated to its current premises at the foot of the West Pier. Throughout the 1990s the business continued to build on its reputation and became the training institution of choice for budding sailors. The 2000s saw the business break barriers - firstly by introducing more people to the water than any other organisation, and secondly pioneering low-cost course fees, thereby rubbishing the assertion that sailing is an expensive sport.