This section is for people wanting to teach the RYA Sailing Scheme. This scheme can be taught in dinghies, small keelboats and multihulls, and the instructor qualifications endorsed accordingly.
Temporary adjustments to the provision of RYA instructor training due to COVID-19 restrictions
If local restrictions allow, instructor training may be run as detailed below:
Dinghy Instructor training: Pre-entry assessments and instructor courses can currently only be conducted in single-handed dinghies. This is a temporary adjustment to the usual course.
Multihull and Keelboat Instructor courses and endorsements: At this time we are unable to include courses and endorsements for multihulls and keelboats within the adjustment mentioned above.
Senior Instructor courses: Dinghy Senior Instructor courses may take place in single-handed dinghies only, with double-handed sessions taking place as shorebased sessions only.
For simplicity, we will generally use the term 'dinghy instructor' here, but there is also specific information below about qualifying as a keelboat or multihull instructor.
||One of the Sailing Scheme advanced modules
||Recommendation by Principal of the Recognised Training Centre
||Training should be based on a 20 hour course covering basic teaching principles, centre procedures and specific training in any unfamiliar equipment (see RYA book G14). Candidates will be assessed on their teaching ability with beginners.
The training and assessment can be conducted by an appropriately trained Senior Instructor who has been nominated by the Principal or Chief Instructor.
The Principal/Chief Instructor will authorise and sign the certificate.
|Qualified to teach
||Up to Sailing Scheme Level 2 or Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 3 under the supervision of a Senior Instructor. As the AI's training is limited to assisting qualified instructors and
does not include first aid or powerboat handling, AIs must never be
allowed to work without direct supervision.
||This is a centre-specific certificate, awarded by the training centre and valid for five years
To find out more about becoming an Assistant Instructor, please contact your local training centre.
|First aid certificate
RYA Powerboat Level 2
RYA Safe and Fun certificate and pre-course work
|Experienced sailor in strong winds
||To be completed within one year prior to the instructor course. Read more...
|Normally a 50 hour/5 day week but could be modular over a number of weekends or days, with extra time allowed for revision.
Training in teaching techniques afloat and ashore is provided during the course.
Run by an RYA Coach/Assessor and moderated on the final day by another RYA Coach/Assessor who has not been involved in the candidate's training.
Candidates will be required to demonstrate
competence in course preparation, delivery and management, as well as
|Qualified to teach
|Sailing Scheme Levels 1, 2 and 3, Day Sailing, Seamanship Skills and Sailing with
Spinnakers (if suitably experienced and approved by the Principal or
Youth Sailing Scheme Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Instructors are qualified specifically to teach on either dinghies, small keelboats
or multihulls, depending on their training course and experience.
Instructors are not assessed as competent in running a training centre,
and should always work under the supervision of an RYA Senior
|Five years from the date of issue, provided that a valid first aid certificate is maintained.
Candidates who complete their instructor course in dinghies, but who
want to teach in small keelboats or multihulls should obtain the
relevant endorsement. Endorsement courses are run over two days by
Coach/Assessors with the relevant experience, who have been appointed by
During the course, candidates must demonstrate their pre-entry
test skills and teaching techniques.
Candidates will be assessed on a
continuous basis afloat and on successful completion, the course organiser
will sign their logbook.
You will be asked to sign a health declaration stating that you are not suffering from any physical or mental impairment which has an adverse effect on your ability to properly discharge your duty of care as an instructor. If you are unable to sign the standard declaration, you will be required to complete a medical questionnaire.
Progressing through the coaching scheme
Teaching within the RYA Sailing Scheme is progressive - you can develop your skills and qualifications by taking endorsement courses, working towards Senior Instructor level or, ultimately, becoming a Coach/Assessor.
See the Qualifications section of our Training Support Site for further details.
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