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    The tables below show the minimum instructor qualifications required for each course, working with supervision as shown in the guidance note (see Practical Centres or Shorebased Centres sections as appropriate), and subject to recognition being held for the course and type of craft.

    Dinghy, keelboat and multihull

    Course
    Minimum instructor qualification
    Youth Sailing Scheme Stages 1 to 4
    Sailing Scheme Levels 1 to 3
    Seamanship Skills
    Day Sailing
    Dinghy/Multihull/Keelboat instructor as appropriate for the type of craft
    Sailing with Spinnakers
    Advanced Instructor, or Dinghy/Multihull/Keelboat instructor as appropriate for the type of craft who is suitably experienced and approved by the Principal or Chief Instructor
    Start Racing
    Racing Instructor who is also a Dinghy/Multihull/Keelboat instructor as appropriate for the type of craft
    Intermediate Racing
    Racing Coach Level 2, or Racing Instructor who is also a Dinghy/Multihull/Keelboat instructor as appropriate for the type of craft and who is suitably experienced and approved by the Principal or Chief Instructor
    Advanced Racing
    Racing Coach Level 3, or Racing Instructor/Racing Coach Level 2 who is also a Dinghy/Multihull/Keelboat instructor as appropriate for the type of craft and who is suitably experienced and approved by the Principal or Chief Instructor
    Performance Sailing
    Advanced Instructor who is also a Dinghy/Multihull/Keelboat instructor as appropriate for the type of craft

    Windsurfing

    Courses Minimum instructor qualification

    Youth Windsurfing Stage 1 and 2;
    Start Windsurfing

    Start Windsurfing Instructor
    Youth Windsurfing Stage 3;
    Intermediate non-planing
    Intermediate non-planing instructor
    Youth Windsurfing Stage 4;
    Intermediate planing
    Intermediate planing instructor
    Advanced Advanced Windsurfing Instructor
    Start Racing Racing Instructor (windsurfing)
    Intermediate Racing Racing Coach Level 2 or Racing Instructor who is also suitably experienced and approved by the Principal or Chief Instructor.
    Advanced Racing Racing Coach Level 3, or a Racing Instructor/Racing Coach Level 2 who is suitably experienced and approved by the Principal or Chief Instructor

    Powerboat

    Course Minimum instructor qualification
    Level 1 and Level 2 Powerboat Instructor
    Tender Operator, Intermediate and Advanced Advanced Powerboat Instructor (commercial endorsement needed for teaching Tender Operator and Advanced courses)
    Safety Boat Powerboat Instructor who holds the Safety Boat certificate

    Personal Watercraft

    Course Instructor qualification
    PW Proficiency Course and Introduction to PW Safety
    Personal Watercraft Instructor

    Inland Waterways

    Course Instructor qualification
    IW Crew Course and IW Helmsman Course
    Inland Waterways Instructor

    Yachtmaster

    Course Minimum instructor qualification
    Sail:
    Start Yachting
    Level 1 Start Sailing
    Competent Crew
    Level 2 Basic Skills
    Day Skipper
    Cruising Instructor Sail
    Motor:
    Start Motor Cruising
    Helmsman
    Day Skipper
    Cruising Instructor Motor
    Advanced Pilotage (motor only)
    Coastal Skipper
    Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore preparation courses
    Yachtmaster Instructor Sail or Motor as appropriate

    Navigation

    Course Instructor qualification
    Essential Navigation and Seamanship
    RYA Shorebased Instructor, Yachtmaster Instructor or Powerboat Trainer.

    If supporting the online course, the instructor must complete the online course themselves.
    Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore
    RYA Shorebased Instructor or Yachtmaster Instructor.
    Yachtmaster Ocean
    RYA Shorebased Instructor or Yachtmaster Instructor. Both must also hold the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence.

    Specialist Short Courses

    Course Instructor qualification
    CEVNI RYA practical or shorebased instructor who is familiar with the CEVNI rules.

    If the RTC offers the test online, the instructor must have taken the online test themselves.
    Diesel Engine
    RYA Diesel Engine Instructor
    First Aid
    RYA First Aid Intructor
    Marine Radio
    RYA SRC Assessor.

    If supporting online courses, the Assessor must complete the online course and knowledge check themselves. 
    Professional Practices and Responsibilities
    Commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster Instructor or Advanced Powerboat Instructor who holds the PPR certificate.
    Radar
    RYA Radar Instructor
    Safe and Fun
    • Practical RYA instructor qualification;
    • Safe and Fun certificate;
    • Relevant experience of working with children and/or vulnerable adults in an RYA context, complying with an organisation's safeguarding policies and procedures;
    • Experience of instructing RYA courses for children.

    Due to the above requirements, the nominated instructor is likely to hold a criminal records check, although this is not a requirement.
    Sea Survival
    RYA Sea Survival Instructor 
    Offshore Personal Survival

    RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Instructor;

    OR a combination of:

    • an RYA Sea Survival Instructor for the Basic Sea Survival element including pool session,
    • an RYA Offshore Safety Instructor for the additional heavy weather, emergency procedures and offshore special regulations elements.