Navigation instructors (Shorebased instructor) 

The Shorebased Instructor course is for anyone wanting to teach the RYA's shorebased navigation and seamanship courses:

  • Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course
  • Watch Leader/Day Skipper Shorebased Course
  • Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster™  Offshore Shorebased Course.

Length of course: 2 days organised centrally by the RYA.

Pre-requisites: Candidates should hold the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Offshore Certificate of Competence or be an Advanced Powerboat Instructor, and have successfully completed the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster™ Offshore Shorebased Course in the last five years. Candidate's knowledge should be well in excess of this course. Before attending the course candidates must work through the Shorebased papers that are sent out to course applicants.

Successful completion of this two day course/assessment allows the candidate to teach RYA Shorebasd navigation courses up to and including Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster™ Offshore Theory.

This two-day course is primarily for those who are new to teaching the RYA Shorebased courses, although experienced instructors are also welcome to attend.  

Due to the short time available on this course, there is limited opportunity to develop a canidate's teaching technique or to fill any gaps in knowledge. As such, this Instructors course is a blend of assessing the candidate's knowledge, instructing ability and ensuring the structure and standard required of the course is understood. Candidates must therefore ensure they have sufficient underpinning knowledge prior to attending this course/assessment.

RYA Shorebased Instructor course dates

RYA Shorebased Instructor course application form

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 syllabs 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 of this instructor course.

NOTE: Membership of the RYA (or the National Governing Body for your boating activity in your country of residence) is required in order for you to qualify or revalidate as an RYA instructor.

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Article Published: May 19, 2009 13:31

Article Updated: June 12, 2017 14:14


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