Cara Na Mara

Cara na Mara is the ISA’s foundation sailing programme which focuses on delivering basic sailing skills and seamanship to 7-10 year olds.

The Programmes aims are:

  • Providing a strong sailing skill foundation for newly interested junior sailors between the ages of 7 and 10 years old.
  • Fostering enjoyment and participation
  • Providing direction to clubs and junior pathways
  • Teaching fair play and good sportsmanship
  • Developing and increasing an awareness of the marine environment

Cara na Mara provides a child centred approach to introducing children to sailing and the marine environment. The programme allows children to discover, explore and practice the skills and knowledge they will need as sailors while under the leadership and supervision of ISA Instructors within an ISA accredited Training Centre.
While it does cover the essential sailing skills needed the programme has a strong emphasis on skills & knowledge that will allow the sailors to appreciate & enjoy the water and outdoor environment safely. These skills and knowledge tie into the National School curriculum.

Duration / format

In order to cover the material each course needs to be run over at least a full 5 days.
In conjunction with parents who are interested in their young sailors participating we have agreed that they are up for a full days activities consequently we will run the course from 10.00 to 17.00 each day for 5 days.

Cost-Instructor ratio

We will limit participants to 3-4 with 1 instructor, cost will be as for our regular programme.

Connection to ISA small boat sailing scheme:

The programme interfaces with the ISA Small Boats Sailing Scheme allowing Orcas to move onto ISA Improving Skills as their next step / course.

Heir Island Sailing School

Parents visit the Cara na Mara website where you will find more information about the programme.

Any further queries do not hesitate to contact Kevin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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