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    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 this instructor course.

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

    RYA Basic Sea Survival Instructor

    Required certificates
    • RYA Yachtmaster Instructor OR RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor
    • RYA Sea Survival course certificate
    Experience
    Must be familiar with the operation of typical offshore safety equipment included in the Sea Survival handbook.
    Training course
    This is a four day combined course and assessment, revising existing knowledge, providing advice for teaching the RYA Sea Survival course and assessing knowledge and candidate's ability to deliver the RYA Sea Survival course. Candidates will be expected to be familiar with the operation of typical offshore safety equipment included in the Sea Survival Handbook and Boat Safety Handbook.

    The course is always heavily subscribed so if you are interested in attending, please send your CV to training@rya.org.uk.

    Course dates
    Qualified to teach
    RYA/MCA Small Craft Basic Sea Survival course
    RYA membership
    Required

    Diesel Engine Instructor

    Minimum age
    18
    Required certificates
    RYA Diesel Engine course certificate.
    Experience

    Good knowledge of the operation and maintenance of marine diesel engines. Candidates who come from an automotive background should be familiar with both direct and indirect marine cooling systems and salt water filtration.

    RYA Instructor award recommended in one of the following: Cruising, Powerboat, Dinghy, Windsurfing or Inland Waterways

    Training course
    This is a one day combined course and assessment, revising your existing knowledge, providing advice for RYA Diesel Engine courses and assessing knowledge and ability to deliver an RYA Diesel Engine course.

    Course dates
    Application form
    Qualified to teach
    RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance course
    RYA membership
    Required

    First Aid Instructor

    Minimum age
    18
    Required certificates
    • The full three day First Aid at Work Certificate, an equivalent or preferably higher qualification. Once qualified, an advanced first aid certificate must be kept in-date to continue instructing. First Aid at Work is the minimum acceptable level. An RYA, or any other one day first aid course, will not be accepted.
    • RYA Marine Radio SRC certificate
    • RYA instructor certificate in another field, preferably practical
    • Recommended: RYA Sea Survival Certificate and certificated training in the use of an AED
    Experience
    • An appreciation of the restriction so first aid in the marine environment
    • Recent, relevant boating experience
    • Awareness of current first aid practices shown in the latest edition of the RYA First Aid book.
    • RYA Sea Survival certificate and training in the use of an AED is recommended
    Training course

    One day course organised regionally by the RYA's first aid advisor.

    Exemption for medical professionals: Doctors and nurses with recent appropriate acute experience, and paramedics are exempt from the need for a first aid qualification, but attending an RYA First Aid course before coming on the Instructor's course is highly recommended. Once retired an no longer practising, a First Aid Certificate will be required after three years.

    Course dates

    Application form

    Qualified to teach
    RYA First Aid course
    Validity
    An advanced first aid certificate must be kept in-date
    RYA membership
    Required

    Marine Radio SRC Assessor

    Minimum age
    18
    Required certificates
    • RYA Short Range Certificate or higher GMDSS marine radio operator's certificate
    • RYA Instructor in one of the following: Cruising, Powerboat, Dinghy or Windsurfing.
    Experience
    Expected to be familiar with the operation of Class D radios and radio equipment typically carried in GMDSS area A1
    Pre-entry assessment
    • Must have attended an RYA SRC course within the last two years
    • Must have taken the online SRC course and knowledge check
    • Technical questionnaire which will form part of the assessment
    Training course
    Two day course and assessment

    Course dates
    Application form
    Qualified to teach
    RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate
    RYA membership
    Required

    RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Instructor

    Minimum age
    18
    Required certificates
    • First aid certificates
    • RYA/MCA Small Craft Basic Sea Survival Certificate
    • RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Certificate
    • RYA Sea Survival Instructor Certificate
    Experience

    Significant offshore racing experience, as skipper, or races of four days or more, on a range of crewed yachts of differing sizes of vessel and crew

    Sailing a range of weather conditions preferably in different latitudes

    When applying for the instructor course, applicants must submit their offshore racing CV.

    Training course

    One day course and assessment

    Successful candidates of this course will then be invited to prepare their course syllabus and programme and present it to the Training Department for review prior to be appointed as an instructor.

    The instructor course is organised centrally by the RYA and is always heavily subscribed. If you are interested in attending, please send your CV to training@rya.org.uk.

    Course dates

    Qualified to teach
    RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Course
    RYA membership
    Required

    Radar Instructor

    Minimum age
    18
    Required certificates
    • RYA Radar course certificate
    • RYA Cruising Instructor, RYA Yachtmaster Instructor or RYA Powerboat Instructor
    Experience
    Small craft marine radar and knowledge well in excess of the RYA Radar syllabus. Candidates must be experienced operators of small craft marine radar for collision avoidance and pilotage in good and poor visibility.
    Training course
    This is a one day combined course and assessment, revising existing knowledge, providing advice for RYA Radar courses and assessing the candidate's knowledge and ability to deliver the RYA Radar course.

    Course dates
    Application form
    Qualified to teach
    RYA Radar course
    RYA membership
    Required