Instructor Development

Instructors are a key part of the workforce to drive training and qualifications at RYANI clubs and centres.

2022 - Instructor Training Programme

Updated: 27/01/22

To support you with your development as an instructor we normally run an Instructor Training Day, which was scheduled for 20th February. However, due to the high number of Covid cases we are experiencing, there are some real challenges regarding the proposed indoor elements of the day, due to the large number of people that we place in fairly small rooms, as well as the potential for some of the training team to be unavailable due to having to self-isolate. Each of these factors has the potential to seriously impact our ability to deliver the events as we would like to, so we have made the decision to move to change our plan for the delivery of these ITD’s.

So instead there will now be a series of short online sessions focusing on a variety of key topics to help instructors get set for the season ahead. The NI team misses seeing you all, wo we are working on a number of other opportunities to get together, possibly in smaller groups. In the meantime, don’t be a stranger give me a call or email.

These free sessions will all take place on Wednesday evenings at 7pm, starting 9th February with training scheme updates from Amanda Van Santen, Sailing and Windsurfing Chief Instructor, and Rachel Andrews, Chief Instructor for Powerboat, Personal Watercraft and Inland Waterways. 

Each session will be recorded and all instructors are invited to register. If you are unable to attend, you will be able to catch up afterwards.

You can book your place HERE.


Session Title


Lead presenter

9th February

RYA Training Scheme Update

In this session Amanda and Rachel will provide an update on the dinghy, windsurf, powerboat, personal watercraft and inland waterways training schemes. There will be an opportunity to ask questions throughout the session.

Amanda Van Santen RYA Dinghy & Windsurf Chief Instructor &

Rachel Andrews RYA Power Chief Instructor

16th February

How can the OnBoard programme and resources support instructors to deliver sessions for young people

An introduction to RYA OnBoard and the broader learning benefits of young people getting on the water. Discuss the resources available and teaching techniques to enhance your sailing and windsurfing sessions.

Hannah Cockle

RYA OnBoard Operations Officer

Robin Nicol

RYA Scotland Coach Education Development Manager

23rd February

How to prepare for a Senior Instructor course

Senior Instructors are very important for running activity at clubs and centres. In this session, Jane will share what to expect on a Senior Instructor course and will explore what instructors can do to prepare themselves.

Jane Campbell Morrison

RYA Dinghy Trainer

Ben Hodgson

RYA Dinghy & Windsurf Trainer

2nd March

How people learn, the predict - test - sense learning model

Explore how to create a learning experience that supports sailors to learn by making predictions, testing these predictions and having the opportunity to make sense of what works and what doesn’t.

This is a 1-hour interactive workshop that will use breakout rooms to allow participants to discuss and share ideas with the RYA coach development team.

Tim Cross

Race Coach Tutor Team

9th March

How to embed sustainability messages within your courses

Phil will look at how sustainability messages can be embedded within RYA courses by including them as part of best practice and good seamanship. He will also run through the free resources available to instructors to help them along the way

Phil Horton

RYA Environment and Sustainability Manager

16th March

How can you look after your own and supporting other instructors and coaches mental health

Mental health is a topic we are all becoming more aware of the importance of. In this session Leon will explore what we can do to look after our own mental health as what we can do to support those around us including other instructors.

Leon Ward

RYA Disability Development Officer

23rd March

How to feel confident delivering sessions for students with a disability, different genders, or people from ethnically diverse communities

Details to follow

Tom Davenport

RYA Sailing Development Officer and Dinghy Trainer

Book your free place HERE.

We currently run Instructor training in the following disciplines, and we can cover more (links for further information and the pathways for each discipline are given):





Cruising and Yachtmaster

Inland Waterways

Personal Watercraft

Shorebased Navigation

Shorebased Specialist Short Courses

Teaching in the Classroom


Instructor Courses

Planning is coming along, still more courses to come.

Powerboat Instructor Courses

PGM Training

Skills Assessment £100

Course £350

11 March

8-10th April

27TH May

17-19th June

7th October

21-23rd October

Contact: Paul 07787 2277822

RYA Dinghy Instructor Courses – book now.

Pre-Entry Assessment £100

Course £430

22nd January (fully booked)

23rd January (Fully booked)

12-16th February 

18th - 22nd April

RYA Senior Instructor Course


26th/27th March & 2nd/3rd April (Fully booked)

***If you need assistance from RYANI supporting your attendance of this course for your school, we can provide this.

****If you need assistance with the cost of the training, we may be able to connect you with funding, please get in touch telling us which council area you live in and/or which club/centre you intend on working in.


We also run training for Race Coaches, and further information is here.

If you are interested in becoming an instructor/coach or just seeking further details should contact the Development Officer:

Mary Martin // // 07919923018 

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