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RYA Sailing Instructor courses

RYA Sailing Instructor Qualifications


  •  To be considering these course we can assume you have a love for the sport. It is very rewarding to teach others. We will assist in your technique and focus on how you apply teaching methods to convey information.

  • To start on the path to a career in teaching sailing you require to have a good skill base and of-course a good deal of enthusiasm!

  • Please see below for more information on each Instructor course offered, or visit the RYA website, alternatively please call the QM Team who are happy to offer advice on any aspect of Instructor Training

  • Discounts available when booking full Instructor courses.

Dinghy Assistant Instructor

Timing

This two day course runs from 09:30 to 19:00 both days. 

Pre-requisites

You should have passed at least one of the Advanced Modules from the National Sailing Scheme before attending this course, and be recommended by the training centre Principal or Chief Dinghy Instructor.  Please call to arrange an informal interview for recommendation.

Teaching

The Assistant Instructor (AI) is trained to assist qualified Instructors in teaching beginners up to the standard of the National Sailing Scheme Level 2 and the Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 3.The award is specific to the centre where the training is delivered. The course covers the role of an AI at QM, teaching models and centre's safe operating procedures. Training will be based around the Club's fleet of training boats.Successful candidates will be awarded the Assistant Instructor certificate.

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RYA Dinghy Instructor Pre-Assessment

Timing

This one day assessment runs from 09:30 to 17:00.

Pre-requisites

Before attending this sailing assessment, a pre-requisite to becoming a RYA Dinghy Instructor, you should be confident that you can sail to the standard detailed in the RYA Instructor Handbook (G14) or from the RYA website.

The Assessment

This is an assessment day - the assessment will determine whether you have the required sailing ability to become an instructor. There is little time on the day for training input - you should have recent sailing experience and fully understand what will be required of you on the day. Candidates will be able to progress onto the RYA Dinghy Instructor course, within a year of successful completion.  

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RYA Dinghy Instructor

Timing

This five day course starts at 09:30 each day, and the week will include several long days that run into the evenings and finish around 20:00. Course timings will be confirmed with candidates on a course by course basis.

Pre-requisites

Prior to attending this course candidates must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Have an RYA Powerboat Level 2 Certificate
  • Hold a RYA approved valid FA certificate (please see the RYA website for approved certificates, alternatively QM offer the RYA First Aid 1-day course)
  • Have completed a pre-assessment to demonstrate a suitable personal sailing ability within one year prior to the Instructor training course - details of what will be required from the pre-entry assessment can be found in the RYA Instructor Handbook (G14) and on the RYA website
  • Completed the RYA Safe & Fun Safeguarding course. Please visit the RYA website for more details
  • Read the 'RYA Instructor Code of Conduct' and be satisfied they can sign their agreeance to this code during the instructor course
Training

The course is run by an RYA Coach/Assessor, and covers the following areas:

    • Teaching techniques, ashore & afloat
    • The structure of the National Sailing Scheme and Youth Sailing Scheme
    • Techniques for teaching adults, children, and those with special needs
    • Preparation and presentation of a lesson
    • Preparation and use of visual aids
    • The assessment of students' abilities
    • The use of powered craft in a teaching environment

During the training course you will be expected to deliver a presentation to the rest of the group on a topic chosen by the course coach. Prior to giving it, you will have had training input on how to deliver it.The course is moderated by an RYA Coach/Assessor who has not been involved with the instructors training through the course. You will teach a group of students, and be assessed on the safe and effective running of the session. You may also be required to deliver a short presentation, possibly unprepared, on an aspect of sailing. More details of the moderation can be found in the RYA Instructor Handbook (G14).By the end of the course you should be able to effectively teach safe, enjoyable and educational sessions to adults or children. Successful candidates (also satisfying the course pre-requisites) will qualify as RYA Dinghy Instructors, and be able to teach Levels 1, 2, 3 & Seamanship Skills from the National Sailing Scheme, and Stages 1 to 4 of the Youth Sailing Scheme. Sailing with Spinnakers can also be taught with the approval of the Principal.

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RYA Racing Endorsement

Timing

This two day course runs from 09:30 until 19:00 each day.

Pre-requisites

In order to attend this course, you must already be a qualified RYA Dinghy Instructor, have club racing experience to a minimum of 9 completed races, and have assisted a Race Officer. You will also be required to produce a RYA approved valid First Aid certificate and be a current member of the RYA. 

Training

The course includes the organisation of club racing, preparation and management of the Start Racing course and instructional techniques afloat, including the use of race training exercises.On successful completion through continuous assessment, your Instructor award will be endorsed by the RYA. 

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RYA Advanced Endorsement

Timing

This two day course runs from 09:30 until 19:00 each day.

Pre-requisites

In order to attend this course, you must already be a qualified RYA Dinghy Instructor with a minimum of one seasons teaching experience. You must also have personal sailing ability to at least the RYA Sailing with Spinnakers and RYA Performance Sailing modules with good powerboat handling skills in a teaching environment.  You will also be required to produce a RYA approved valid First Aid certificate and be a current member of the RYA.

Training

The course covers performance boat handling, spinnaker handling, 5 essentials coaching and use of powerboats for coaching.On successful completion through continuous assessment, and possibly a theory test, your Instructor award will be endorsed by the RYA.

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RYA Multihull Endorsement

Timing

This two day course runs from 09:30 until 19:00 each day.

Pre-requisites

In order to attend this endorsement, you must be a qualified RYA Instructor (Dinghy or Keelboat) with a minimum of one seasons teaching experience and be confident sailing a multihull up to pre-entry standard.  You will also be required to produce a RYA approved valid First Aid certificate and be a current member of the RYA.

Training

This endorsement is for Instructors who initially qualified in one discipline (Dinghy or Keelboat) and would like to teach the National Sailing Scheme in Multihulls.On successful completion through continuous assessment, your Instructor award will be endorsed by the RYA.

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