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About Us


Safe Water Training is led by Donnchadh Mac Cobb, one of the most experienced and qualified Powerboat Operators, Instructors and Instructor Trainers in Ireland. He leads a highly skilled and dedicated team focused on training, consultancy, safety and event management in the marine sector. 


Having started out in the marine training industry in the early 2000's, Donnchadh gained his experience working in some of the countries biggest and busiest sailing clubs, powerboat and sailing training centres as well as numerous adventure centres over the years including opening and operaing his own adventure tourism businesses and Powerboat and Sailing training centres in Dublin. 


With 15 years experience with the Irish Coast Guard as a Coxswain and Cliff Rescue Climber, Donnchadh has significant frontline operational experience along with his comprehensive Instructing career to date. Having previously operated his own accredited training centres and adventure tourism businesses on the east coast, Donnchadh then moved to the west of Ireland where he now operates Safe Water Training's centre of operations while also delivering services around the country. 

Donnchadh has gained enormous experience over the last 20 years working with high level stakeholders including Government Organisations, City and County Councils, Commercial Ports, Search and Rescue Organisations, Survey Companies, Advertising Agencies, Event Organisers as well as numerous Clubs, Charities and individuals alike. 

This continued development in qualifications and experience over the years has culminated in the establishment of Safe Water Training, meaning you will receive the best service available in the industry. 

Donnchadh Mac Cobb

Managing Director and Centre Principal

Sport Ireland Coaching Instructor Developer

Irish Sailing Powerboat Instructor Trainer

Senior Powerboat Instructor

Advanced Powerboat Instructor

Safety Boat Instructor

Powerboat Instructor

Personal Watercraft Instructor

Irish Sailing Senior Sailing Instructor

Sailing Instructor

Advanced Sailing Instructor

Category B Commercial Endorsement 

Irish Coast Guard Marine Long Service Medal

QQI Level 6 Award in Training Delivery and Evaluation (Distinction)

National Qualification in Emergency Medical Technology - Emergency Medical Technican

Crew Resource Management (CRM) Training (Irish Air Corps / National Ambulance Service)

Donnchadh Mac Cobb
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Rob Landers
Senior Instructor

Having originally started out on the water in the sport of dinghy sailing as a youth, Rob qualified as a Powerboat Instructor in 2007. Since then he has gained a vast amount of experience in commercial training centres and Irish Sailing clubs throughout the country. 

Joining the Dun Laoghaire RNLI crew in 2008 he spent the following 10 years volunteering as Helm on the stations inshore Lifeboat, and crewing the larger all weather Lifeboat. With this front line experience Rob gained a wealth of experience in all aspects of the maritime environment. Rob brings a wealth of practical Search and Rescue (SAR) expertise to the company combined with his leisure boating background. 

Rob is a senior member of our team and we are lucky to have him leading and taking part in projects and services with us around the country. 

Irish Sailing Senior Powerboat Instructor

Advanced Powerboat Instructor

Safety Boat Instructor

Dive Boat Instructor

Powerboat Instructor

Personal Watercraft Instructor

RYA Radar Instructor

Rob Landers - Safe Water Training

Alex Deacy

Alex has been on and around boats since a very early age, starting out on his father small sailing boat on Lough Corrib to now having completed many passages cruising Irish waters by sail and power at sea and inland. Alex went on to get his own sailing boat and has covered the length and breath of Lough Corrib in it, competing in several Cong Galway sailing races also. 

Working in his family business carrying out marine salvage, repairs, maintenance, consultancy, boat yard and storage along with yacht brokerage, Alex has gained a vast amount of experience on a wide range of boats including powerboats, cruisers, sailing boats, fishing boats, work boats, and more.

Alex pursued his interest in Powerboats and went on to achieve his Advanced Powerboat Certificate before continuing on to train and qualify as an Irish Sailing Powerboat Instructor. We're proud to have Alex as part of our team and actively support him in his continued professional development as he is currently working to complete his Advanced and Senior Powerboat Instructor Qualifications.

Irish Sailing Powerboat Instructor

Irish Sailing Advanced Powerboat Certificate

Alex Deacy - Safe Water Training
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