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Cruising instructors 

The RYA Cruising Instructor Course is for experienced RYA Yachtmasterâ„¢ Offshore skippers to be able to gain the skills required to instruct practical courses up to the level of RYA Day Skipper.

The first step in teaching within the practical cruising scheme is to become qualified as an RYA Cruising Instructor, before moving up to the Yachtmaster Instructor qualification. Both qualifications can be taken in sail and motor cruisers, and the certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

Due to the short time available on the instructor course, there is limited opportunity to fill any gaps in knowledge. The course is a blend of assessing the candidate's knowledge, providing a structured framework to instruct, coach, observe and deliver constructive feedback, and ensure the structure and standards required of RYA courses are understood. Candidates must therefore ensure they have sufficient underpinning knowledge prior to attending.

An effective instructor must have credibility with students and a genuine interest and engagement with the subject is essential for this. Questions from students will often stray outside the core syllabus or be concerned with seeking advice about equipment or situations. Without enthusiasm and a depth of knowledge far above the RYA syllabus, this credibility could easily be lost. It is difficult to quantify in writing exactly what this means but without extensive practical experience of the subject, candidates are unlikely to be successful on an instructor course.

Due to the arduous nature of practical training afloat, an instructor certificate obtained or revalidated after the instructor's 67th birthday will require revalidation with effect from the instructor's 72nd birthday. An instructor certificate obtained or revalidated after the instructor's 70th birthday will be valid for a period of two years before an update is required.

Cruising Instructor

Minimum age
Required certificates
Experienced skipper with theoretical and practical knolwedge well in excess of the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence.
Pre-entry assessment Candidates are required to pass an online pre-course module prior to being eligibile to attend the course.
Training course
Five day (sail) or four day (motor) course with a second Trainer joining on the final day as course moderator.

Course dates
Revalidation course dates
Qualified to teach
Can instruct RYA practical courses up to the level of Day Skipper
Five years, after which candidates will need to attend an RYA Cruising Instructor two day (sail) or one day (motor) revalidation.
RYA membership

Progressing through the coaching scheme

Teaching within the RYA Yachtmaster Scheme is progressive - you can develop your skills and qualifications by taking the Yachtmaster Instructor course. See the Qualifications section of our Training Support Site for further details.

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