RYA Instructor Courses

RYA Dinghy Instructor 

RYA Dinghy Level 2, RYA Power boat Level 2, Valid First Aid Certificate, RYA Dinghy Instructor Pre-Assessment; RYA Safe and Fun Safeguarding Certificate

‘The Instructor is a competent and experienced small boat sailor, capable of sailing a training boat confidently in strong winds and handling small powerboats.’



To enable us to work within the current COVID-19 restrictions and allow RYA Dinghy Instructor training to take place, a temporary adjustment to the RYA Dinghy Instructor Course has been established. 

The temporary adjustment is a two-part instructor course. In summary, the course will consist of:   

Part 1: A three-day Dinghy Instructor Course using single-handers only and including a moderation.

Book Part 1 here

Part 2: A two-day, 'top up’ instructor course in double-handers (un-moderated) once restrictions are eased.  

Book Part 2 here

This course that will train candidates and assess their competency to teach dinghy sailing to adults and children, both beginners and improvers, including the RYA National Sailing Scheme Level 1 and Level 2, Seamanship Skills, and Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 1 to 4.

More details of becoming a Dinghy Instructor can be found in the RYA ‘Dinghy Coaching Handbook’ (G14),  and also at this link this along with other RYA publications are available for purchase at the centre.


RYA Dingy Instructor Pre-Assessment 

In order to be accepted for training at Dinghy Instructor level all candidates have to pass a practical test conducted by an RYA Coach/Assessor, not more than one year before instructor training. The test serves as a filter, because there is no time during the instructor course for candidates to be taught how to sail well. The minimum entry age for this course is 16. Please see this link for further information from the RYA.

More details of the assessment can be found in the RYA ‘Dinghy Coaching Handbook’ (G14), this along with other RYA publications are available for purchase at the centre. Click here for a useful article on What the coach/assessor is looking for from you. 

RYA Safe and Fun - Online Interactive

Ideal for anyone working with children or vulnerable adults at RYA Training Centres or Clubs. Whether you are a volunteer, or an instructor, it will provide you with the basic knowledge of safeguarding issues that you may encounter. Here is a video from the RYA explaining the purpose and importance of this course. 

To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with the RYA via your user profile in www.ryainteractive.org. This learning management website is hosted and maintained by a third party called Learning Pool, who will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course.

Your name and email address will be entered on www.ryainteractive.org in order to create your user account. On your first access to the site, you will be asked to enter your address and date of birth. You will have access to the site for one year in order to complete your online course. During this period, your personal information will be held on the website by Learning Pool and be available to this training centre and the RYA for the purpose of managing your course.

Instructional support will be provided by this training centre for a period of three months from the date of your course booking.

On completion of your course, your name, email, date of birth and address will be transferred to the RYA's central database for the purpose of recording details of the course and any certification you gain as a result of it. This information allows the RYA to record your certification, to update any records they may already hold about you or your qualifications and to verify your certificate if required. After one year from the date of your enrolment on the course, your user account will be removed from www.ryainteractive.org.

Full details of how the RYA will deal with your personal information will be displayed when you first access www.ryainteractive.org.

RYA Powerboat Instructor Pre-Assessment

In order to be accepted for training at Powerboat Instructor level, all candidates must pass a practical test on powerboat handling skills, conducted by an RYA Powerboat trainer. This must be completed not more than one year before instructor training.

RYA Powerboat Instructor Course

This 3 day course will train candidates and assess their competency to teach powerboating up to the standard of the RYA National Powerboat Certificate Level 2. If an RYA Safetyboat Certificate is already held, successful candidates will also be permitted to run this.

RYA Senior Instructor Course 

In March 2020 we will be running a Senior Instructor course over two weekends: 7 & 8 March and 14 & 15 March and another course 1 - 4 September. 

This course trains experienced RYA dinghy instructors to manage multiple courses and oversee the safe operation of a RYA sailing school. The 4-day course covers preparation and delivery of sessions, course and centre management, powerboat handling in a teaching environment, RYA Sailing Schemes and the role of a Senior Instructor.

Students will be assessed on a continual basis over the 4 days when running water-based simulated group management sessions.

Over 18 years of age; RYA Safety Boat; 2 years part time/1 year full time instructor experience; Valid First Aid Certificate; recommendation from RYA Principal; RYA Safe and Fun Safeguarding Certificate