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    This section is for people wanting to teach the RYA Windsurfing Scheme.

    Assistant Instructor

    Required certificates

    RYA Windsurfing Scheme intermediate non-planing certificate including beach starting and non-planing gybe clinics

    Health declaration form or medical questionnaire

    Experience Competent windsurfer
    Pre-entry assessment Candidates must have the recommendation of their centre's Principal
    Training course

    Courses are conducted by the Principal or Chief Instructor of the training centre. The course may be approximately 20 hours covering RYA teaching for beginners. Candidates will be assessed on their teaching ability with beginners.

    The AI's training is limited to assisting qualified instructors and does not include first aid or powerboat handling.

    Qualified to teach

    On completion of this course you will be able to:

    • assist instructors in teaching windsurfing up to the standard of youth Stage 1 and adult Start Windsurfing courses.
    • Work under the supervision of an RYA senior instructor (SI)

    AIs must never be allowed to work without direct supervision.

    Validity This is a centre-specific certificate, awarded by the training centre and valid for five years.

    Start Windsurfing Instructor

    Minimum age
    16
    Required certificates
    Intermediate non-planing certificate with beach starting and non-planing gybe clinics
    First aid certificate
    RYA Powerboat Level 2
    RYA Safe and Fun certificate and pre-course work
    Health declaration form or medical questionnaire
    Experience Competent windsurfer
    Pre-entry assessment
    Training course

    Five day course

    The final day will be moderated by an external trainer who will assess candidates.

    Course dates

    Qualified to teach

    Able to teach:

    • Start Windsurfing course
    • Youth Windsurfing Scheme Stages 1 and 2
    Validity Five years from the date of issue, provided that a valid first aid certificate is maintained.
    RYA membership
    Required

    Intermediate Instructor

    Minimum age
    16
    Required certificates

    Intermediate planing personal sailing certificate and the beachstarting and non-planing carve gybe clinics

    Advanced personal sailing certificate with waterstart and carve gybe clinics

    First aid certificate
    RYA Powerboat Level 2
    RYA Safe and Fun certificate and pre-course work
    Health declaration form or medical questionnaire
    Experience
    Pre-entry assessment RYA Start Windsurfing Instructor with evidence of 50 hours logged as a Start Windsurfing Instructors at RYA training centre.
    Training course

    Four day course. You will be assessed continuously throughout the course.

    Course dates

    Qualified to teach

    Intermediate course and Youth Windsurfing Scheme under the supervision of a senior instructor.

    Validity Five years from the date of issue, provided that a valid first aid certificate is maintained.
    RYA membership
    Required

    Racing instructor

    Minimum age
    16
    Required certificates
    Start Windsurfing Instructor (or above)
    First aid certificate
    RYA Powerboat Level 2
    RYA Safe and Fun certificate and pre-course work
    Health declaration form or medical questionnaire
    Experience You will have competed at club or regional level (windsurfing or dinghy sailing) and have knowledge of competitive windsurfing.
    Pre-entry assessment

    To qualify as a RYA Racing Instructor applicant you should:

    • Have practical understanding of running simple race training exercises.
    • Have knowledge and understanding o f the Team 15 philosophy and the teaching principles behind the programme.
    Training course

    Two day course. You will be assessed continuously throughout the course.

    Course dates

    Qualified to teach RYA Start Racing course under supervision of a senior instructor.
    Validity Five years from the date of issue, provided that a valid first aid certificate is maintained.
    RYA membership
    Required

    Senior Instructor

    Minimum age
    18
    Required certificates
    First aid certificate
    RYA Safety Boat certificate
    RYA Safe and Fun certificate and pre-course work
    Health declaration form or medical questionnaire
    Experience Evidence of two seasons' full-time instructing as an RYA Start Windsurfing Instructor.
    Senior Instructor self assessment questionnaire
    Pre-entry assessment Recommendation by a Principal of a Recognised Training Centre.

    Completion of the Senior Instructor Workbook and any preparation work sent out by the Trainers prior to the course starting. 

    Training course

    Courses are run on a regional basis with approximately six students. Courses are organised through the Regional Coach and staffed by one or more Application formRYA Windsurfing Trainers.

    Four day course. The assessment will be continuous during the course.

    Application form

    Course dates

    Qualified to teach

    On completion of this course you will be able to:

    • Organise and manage courses within the RYA's Windsurfing scheme.
    • Organise and control group windsurfing tuition (of all ages) and to supervise, assess and direct the work of their instructors.
    • Conduct assessments and have the interpersonal skills needed to debrief unsuccessful students effectively and tactfully in a good manner.
    Validity Five years from date of issues if supported by a valid first aid certificate. Little or no logged experience may require a re-assessment.
    RYA membership
    Required

    Windsurfing Trainer

    Minimum age
    Required certificates
    Intermediate Planing Instructor (ticket held for three years plus)
    First aid certificate
    RYA Powerboat Level 2
    RYA Safety Boat certificate
    RYA Safe and Fun certificate and pre-course work
    Health declaration form or medical questionnaire
    Experience Competent level of personal sailing ability, good teaching and coaching skills. motivational and leadership skills, a positive and enthusiastic approach and good communication skills.
    Pre-entry assessment

    Nomination from your Regional Development Officer

    Pre-selection - usually over a weekend

    Applicants from outside the UK are occasionally trained when required and should contact RYA Training for further information.

    Training course

    Five day course with continuous assessment.

    You will need to:

    • Demonstrate and teach any part of the national Windsurfing Scheme u to and including Intermediate Planing and clinics.
    • Windsurf competency on a range of equipment in a variety of conditions
    • Plan and manage a course involving sessions ashore and afloat.
    • Give formal presentations including the use of visual aids, showing an ability to chair and discuss.
    Qualified to teach Will be appointed as an RYA Start Windsurfing Trainer.
    Validity Appointed annually. After five years a practical revalidation is required.
    RYA membership
    Required