07518 526 109thelma@oyti.org

Ever thought about sailing?

If it’s your dream, we can make it come true.

Meet new people become part of a team?

You will learn new skills and make new friends.

We’ve gone sailing!

If you would like to come


Ocean Youth Trust Ireland is a national sail training charity that believes that young people from all walks of life should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Ocean Youth Trust Ireland use ‘Adventure under Sail’ – adventure sailing and camp as a means to help young people aged ten years upwards to gain knowledge about themselves and others.

We help young people to live healthy, fulfilling lives and make a positive contribution to their community and society as a whole.


Ocean Youth Trust Ireland believes that young people from all walks of life should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Ocean Youth Trust Ireland use ‘Adventure under Sail’ as a means to help young people gain knowledge about themselves and others. We help young people to live healthy, fulfilling lives and make a positive contribution to their community and society as a whole.


Ocean Youth Trust Ireland will promote youth centred programmes which use boat based learning as a means to respond to issues raised by young people in Ireland.
Ocean Youth Trust will be work in partnership with youth agencies and individuals from within the local community as well as voluntary groups to design creative programmes which meet the needs of young people from across Ireland using the outdoors as a medium for development.


Ocean Youth Trust Ireland will run programmes which recognise that outdoor education and sail training enhance the lives of young people regardless of ability or background.
Ocean Youth Trust Ireland uses Boat Based Learning as a tool to encourage trainees, staff and volunteers to:

  • LEARN-Learn more about themselves.
  • DEVELOP-Develop team working skills. (Problem Solving, Leadership, Communication etc)
  • ACHIEVE – Set and achieve goals.
  • ACTIONS – Make positive decisions and take responsibility for their actions.
  • ENCOURAGE – Encourage a sense of Equality, Diversity and Interdependence.
  • BECOME – Become more aware and use their environment in creative ways.
  • EVALUATE – Evaluate their experience to make the most of the opportunity.
  • LEARN – Learn and practice new skills in a safe space.

We do not simply take young people on a boat trip, we bring them on a journey of discovery about themselves, their environment and ultimately help them find their place in society.

Our greatest assets are our volunteers and our fantastic equipment.
Ocean Youth Programmes offer a unique platform for youth development, providing the perfect environment for building mutual respect, self esteem, core values and a connection with the wider world.


OYTI believe that sailing is the perfect outdoor activity to facilitate personal development and as an organization we use a range of methods to help participants recognise the value of Boat Based Learning.

  • Challenge by Choice
  • Positive Re-Enforcement
  • Regular group and individual discussion and review of activities
  • A learning journal log book for participants to record their experiences
  • A qualitative and quantitative evaluation system

There is a methodology which we use when we do our work. We take working with young people very seriously and our tailor made programmes are grounded in informal education, outdoor learning and youth-work using proven models of practice.

OYTI creates an atmosphere enabling young people to learn more about themselves. Sailing a boat are reliant on team work. Our programmes are carefully designed to maximize the principles of outdoor education and nature. This creates an element of risk which underlies all of our work and makes the whole experience exciting and unique for every group. We are very fortunate, Ireland has an expansive coastline and inland waterways which we can explore, and if that is not enough, there are the two thirds of the world covered by ocean which we can access. Underlying the core elements of sailing we ultimately connect people and build relationships. We link people to themed programmes such as heritage, the arts and culture.



Length – 7.4m
Draft – 1.1m
Displacement – 1 Tonne
Crew – up to 4 people
Sail Plan – Mainsail and headsail with the option of a symmetrical spinnaker


These are high performance keelboats that can be used for day sailing sessions or longer term expedition voyages.They are open but are unsinkable, self draining and provide good protection to those inside.

Vision XL

Length – 4.6m
Displacement – 125kg
Capacity – 4
Sail Plan – Mainsail and headsail with option of gennaker

These are an excellent dinghy as they allow a good foundation to learn from yet can perform when pushed. It also has an optional gennaker so a higher level of sailing can taught.


Length – 3.64m
Displacement – 63kg
Crew – 2
Sail Plan – Mainsail and headsail and option of gennaker 

The boats can be sailed as a single handed or with a double handed crew. They are very stable and are comfortable for younger or older sailors. These beginner boats can be sailed as a single handed or with a double handed crew. They are very stable and are comfortable for younger or older sailors.

07518 526 109


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Belfast Crew 2015 , selection centres will be operating from 15-18 December