Students can sail the seas!

From September 2018 schools can offer two new curricula for Physical Education at senior cycle.

The Department of Education in Ireland invited applications in December 2017.  Schools can apply at   The closing date 16 January 2018. The new PE curriculum enables students to choose three physical activities from three out of six categories.

  1. Personal exercise and fitness
  2. Athletics
  3. Artistic and aesthetic activities
  4. Aquatics
  5. Games
  6. Adventure  {e.g. sailing and other adventure sports offered by Gartan OETC}
Adventure Activities in Donegal
Infographic courtesy of Irish Sailing Association


Phase 1 of the curriculum development process means schools can offer adventures sports like those provided by Gartan OETC, for example sailing.  If individuals or groups seek certification we can oblige.  The majority of Gartan OETC adventure activities are accredited.

Our dinghy sailing courses are accredited by the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) and structured to facilitate successful progression. Our participants gain confidence and crucial transferrable sailing skills.

Sailing at Gartan OETC
Dinghy Sailing at Gartan OETC

Past sailing participants have progressed to other seafaring adventures such as Sail Training.  Sail training is sailing offshore as part of a team responsible for a vessel.

*A review of sail training studies by Schijf et al (2017) found that 15 – 25 year old participants experienced positive long-term effects i.e. improved self-esteem and better communication skills. All participants reported personal change.

At Gartan we use sailing dinghies and offer sessions to anyone aged 9 years and over.

If you have never tried sailing why not set sail with us!

To book as an individual or as a group Tel: 0749137032 / Email: [email protected]

Visit for details of ISA accredited basic and advanced sailing courses.

*Source: Schijf,M., Allison,P., Von Wald, K., (2017) Sail Training: A Systematic Review Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership 2017, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 167–180