This course is suitable for anyone working with children and vulnerable adults in an RYA environment. This includes those volunteering or working at recognised training centres and affiliated clubs.
It provides a basic level of knowledge and awareness, put in the context of realistic scenarios that anyone could encounter at their club or centre.
It is a requirement for all newly qualifying Level 2 Racing Coaches, Dinghy and Windsurfing Instructors and Senior Instructors to complete prior to their instructor/coach training course. They must also complete a pre-course worksheet which is accessed within the Safe & Fun course, and take that with them to the instructor course.
This course is fully online and, like all RYA courses, will be offered by training centres recognised to do so. A list of those centres is available in our Where's My Nearest search at the top of your screen.
Frequently asked questions
Who is required to take this course?
Newly qualifying Level 2 Racing Coaches, Dinghy and Windsurfing Instructors and Senior Instructors must take this course if their instructor course takes place after 1 April 2015.
Can anyone who isn't an instructor take this course?
Yes, anyone can take this course. It is useful for anyone involved in teaching or volunteering with children or vulnerable adults in an RYA environment such as a club or training centre.
Is it possible to take this course in a classroom instead of online?
No, this course is only available online. If you take it as part of your instructor training you will also complete a classroom workshop during the instructor course, but the course itself must be completed online.
How do I sign up for the course?
You can find a list of training centres offering it through our 'Where's My Nearest' search. Contact your chosen centre to book the course and receive login details.
If you are qualifying as a Level 2 Racing Coach, course information and login details will be issued when you sign up for your Racing Coach course.
What devices are compatible with the course?
You can take the course on a PC, Mac or iPad, so long as you are connected to the internet.
How long is the course?
This course is equivalent to classroom training of approximately three hours. However, the benefit of learning online is that you can work through it at your own speed. It may take you more or less time than that.
How long is the certificate valid for?
The certificate doesn't have a specific expiry date. However, your training centre, club or organisation should have a policy for ongoing staff training and ensuring that everyone is up to date. That may involve you taking the course again at regular intervals, or completing other relevant safeguarding training. Please check your own organisation's policy for details.
How much will the course cost?
Course fees are set by the training centres that offer it, so you need to pick a centre and check their pricing.
I've already taken a different safeguarding course elsewhere. Can this be used instead of Safe and Fun for my instructor course?
The Safe and Fun course forms the basis of the safeguarding workshop that you will complete during your instructor course and puts safeguarding issues into context specifically for those instructing at RYA centres or clubs. It is therefore not possible to use other courses as alternative certification prior to your Instructor, Senior Instructor or Level 2 Racing Coach Course.
My training centre would like to offer this course. How do I do that?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
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