This conference serves as an opportunity for us to catch up with one another, hear the latest news from RYA HQ, and develop some skills and knowledge to help us make the most of the 2019 season for our centres.

Date:  3rd February
Venue: Strangford Lough Yacht Club
Times: 0930 - 1600

- FREE for RYA Instructors who are under 18, £10 for others
- Goody bag for attendees
- Hartley Boats information stand
- 50% discount on RYA publications
- Lunch & refreshments included in the cost



Gordon Reid                                                                 RYANI Regional Development Officer Amanda Van Santen                                                    RYA Chief Instructor, Dinghy & Windsurfing Paul Outram                                                                 Foiling, Coach Assessor, Windsurf Trainer
James Ogg                                                                   RYANI Dev Committee/ Donaghadee SC Jackie Patton                                                                RYANI Chairman
Roger Woodward                                                          RYANI Dev Committee/ Carrickfergus SC James Farrell                                                                RYANI Performance Development Officer


- Workshop 1 options:

How to deliver fun shorebased sessions
DIs & coaches will share new session ideas and have the opportunity try delivering these in a safe learning environment. Expand your capabilities. 

Workforce planning for clubs
This workshop aims to help centres ensure they have mechanism in place to ensure availability of experienced Instructors for courses.  This includes a case study on how Donaghadee has instigated a successful Instructor Development Plan.  This workshop is designed for Senior Instructors, Principals, etc.

Steps to becoming a RYA Coach Assessor
For potential Coach Assessor candidates and support personnel. This workshop aims to inform interested individuals on what is required to become a Coach Assessor and the process for NI candidates.

Instructing candidates with Autism
With more awareness of how best to educate children with additional needs and Sailability programmes increasing across Northern Ireland, this sessions aim to educate instructors and centres about how best to instruct individuals with Autism.


- Workshop 2 options:

Developing skills for  Instructors and Coaches  
Developing Dinghy Instructor skills towards Senior Instructor selection. Focus on extra qualifications and remaining engaged at centres.

Ensuring Boating remains sustainable
As an activity that is uses the best of the environment around us, we must continue to ensure that boating has little/ no impact on the local environment.  This workshop will provide the latest environmental information and resources for Sail and Power Instructors.

Power & Shorebased Workshop
Discussion on accessing new shorebased qualifications and a refresher on basic navigation for Power Instructors.


Practical sessions over 2 days:

Foiling Clinic and Powerboat Clinic.

Foiling sessions will be run by Paul Outram using foiling RS Aeros.                                         These are available on Saturday 2nd February PM, for up to 4 people, and 4 people on Sunday AM. A high level of sailing ability and a good appetite for adventure are essential!

There will also be complimentary powerboat practical sessions on supporting performance sailing (safety, coaching, instructing) in parallel with the foiling.

Please ensure you book your place early to avoid disappointment!

Book your Practical session HERE