Windsurfing

 

COVID-19: If local restrictions allow, all RYA Windsurfing Scheme Instructor training can return to usual delivery including all endorsements.


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.

2021 course dates TBC

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 beach starting 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.

2021 course dates TBC

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.

2021 course dates TBC

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

Foiling Instructor

Minimum age

16

Required certificates

RYA Intermediate Instructor
RYA Sustained Flights Certificate
First aid certificate

RYA Powerboat Level 2
RYA Safe and Fun certificate and pre-course work
Health declaration form or medical questionnaire

Experience

RYA Sustained Flights

Pre-entry assessment

RYA Intermediate Instructor with personal foiling experience to a RYA Sustained Flights level

Training course

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

2021 course dates TBC

Qualified to teach

RYA First Flights or higher (Personal foiling level dependent)            

Validity

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

RYA membership

Required

Advanced Instructor

Minimum age

18

Required certificates

Minimum personal ability of the Advanced certificate
RYA Intermediate Instructor Planing Instructor, with evidence of 100 hours logged
First aid certificate

RYA Powerboat Level 2

Training course

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

2021 course dates TBC

Qualified to teach

All levels of the RYA National and Youth Windsurfing scheme under the supervision of an RYA 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 form RYA Windsurfing Trainers.

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

Application form

2021 course dates TBC

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 up 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

 

Related documents
Instructor revalidation form
Instructor observation form

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