If you’ve got a passion for dinghy sailing, why not train to teach others the incredible activity?
If your love an outdoor office and want the chance to shape and inspire future boaters, find out more about the RYA Instructor pathways and opportunities for developing your skills below.
Not just a job, it’s a lifestyle too. Instructing RYA courses can be a rewarding, challenging and fun career or hobby.
Pre-requisites: One of the Sailing Scheme advanced modules
Pre-entry assessment: Recommendation by Principal of the Recognised Training Centre
Training course: Training should be based on a 20 hour course covering basic teaching principles, centre procedures and specific training in any unfamiliar equipment (see RYA book G14). Students will be assessed on their teaching ability with beginners.
The training and assessment will be conducted by one of our expertly trained Senior Instructors who has been nominated by our Principal, General Manager or Chief Instructor.
The Principal/General Manager/Chief Instructor will authorise and sign the certificate.
Qualified to teach: Up to Sailing Scheme Level 2 or Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 3 under the supervision of a Senior Instructor. As the AI’s training is limited to assisting qualified instructors and does not include first aid or powerboat handling, AIs must never be allowed to work without direct supervision.
Certification: This is a SWAC certificate, awarded by the training centre and valid for five years.
As of 19 July, most restrictions relating to Coronavirus in England will be eased. In particular, restrictions on numbers of people gathering, the requirements for social distancing and the use of masks in certain settings will be eased.
The very positive implications of this are that restrictions to RYA training courses, instructor courses and examinations will also now be eased as of 19 July in England. This includes the lifting of caps on the number of people on courses and exams, as well as the use of double handed sailing dinghies and keelboats.
The RYA Senior Instructor course is a widely recognised qualification that allows you to organise and control group sailing tuition and to supervise and assist instructors.
As a Senior Instructor you must be confident, a competent leader, capable of organising groups of all ages and directing work to instructors.
Minimum age 18
Dinghy Senior Instructor: At least two years intermittent or one year full time instructing since qualifying as an RYA Dinghy or Multihull Instructor
Keelboat Senior Instructor: At least two years intermittent or one year full time instructing since qualifying as an RYA Keelboat Instructor
RYA Safety Boat certificate
Valid first aid certificate
Signed recommendation from the Principal of an RYA recognised Training Centre (see G14/05 handbook)
Sailing ability to at least the standard of RYA Instructor (an assessment may be necessary if sailing ability cannot be adequately demonstrated during the training course)