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Windsurfing instructors

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

Temporary adjustments to the provision of RYA instructor training due to COVID-19 restrictions

Windsurfing Instructor courses can currently take place with maximum course groups of six including the Trainer.

Senior Instructor courses are currently postponed due to the restrictions in place for groups and social distancing. RYA Training are exploring routes to restart this activity when feasible.

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
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

Health declaration

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 medical questionnaire.

Progressing through the coaching scheme

Teaching within the RYA Windsurfing Scheme is progressive - you can develop your skills and qualifications by taking further courses, working towards Senior Instructor level or, ultimately, becoming a Trainer. See the Qualifications section of our Training Support Site for further details.

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