Having a high level of subject knowledge is not enough to make a good instructor. It's also vital that we can interact effectively with students in the classroom, both on an interpersonal level and as a teacher. Of the many skills demanded from instructors, the ability to impart and check knowledge in a structured, engaging and adaptable manner is of equal importance to having subject knowledge well beyond that of the syllabus.
From March 2019, anybody wanting to start teaching RYA shorebased courses will need to undertake a ‘Teaching in the Classroom’ course.
The Teaching in the Classroom course explores the various
skillsets required of a classroom-based RYA instructor. The online module
encompasses elements of learning theory then delivers practical techniques for
student-centred teaching which are put into practise, developed and refined
during the classroom session. If you hold one of the qualifications or appointments below, the Teaching in the Classroom course is highly recommended but optional:
- Yachtmaster™ Instructors
- Coach Assessors in the Dinghy, Keelboat and Multihull Schemes
- Trainers in the Windsurfing, Powerboat, Personal Watercraft and Inland Waterways Schemes
- Holders of a valid subject-specific RYA Shorebased Instructor certificate
- Holders of a professional teaching qualification such as PGCE or CertEd
The Teaching in the Classroom course must be completed before attendance on any of the following Shorebased Instructor courses running after 1 March 2019 (unless you hold one of the qualifications or appointments above):
- RYA Shorebased Navigation Instructor (required to teach RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship, RYA Day Skipper Shorebased and RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster™ Offshore Shorebased courses)
- RYA Diesel Engine Instructor
- RYA First Aid Instructor
- RYA Marine Radio (SRC) Assessor
- RYA Radar Instructor
Instructors wanting to teach the RYA Basic Sea Survival or RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival courses do not need to complete the Teaching in the Classroom course.
Note: Following a subject-specific Shorebased Instructor course, candidates who receive an action plan may be tasked to complete the Teaching in the Classroom course if they haven't already done so.
This course comprises an online pre-learning module which takes approximately one
to two hours followed by a one-day classroom session run by an appointed RYA Teaching in the Classroom Trainer.
Delegates will be expected to prepare two lessons in the
time between completing the online module and attending the classroom
session. These lessons will be delivered during the classroom session with the opportunity to gain feedback from the Trainer.
Lesson subjects will be allocated according to the candidate’s experience or their upcoming subject-specific instructor course.
Course Dates and Online Booking Form
|Required RYA certificates
- An RYA practical instructor certificate in any discipline, or
- The certificate(s) required to undertake one of the shorebased instructor courses listed above.
|Required teaching qualifications
||No previous teaching experience is required but some experience of teaching or instructing is recommended.
|Pre-course knowledge and experience
No previous teaching knowledge is required but you must have instructor level knowledge in at least one of the shorebased courses listed above.
|This course is not assessed but delegates will be given constructive
feedback about their teaching ability. The delegate report from this
course will be made available to the Trainer running the subject-specific Shorebased Instructor training course.
|Qualified to teach
|This qualification alone does not qualify you to teach any RYA shorebased or
practical course – it must be combined with an additional instructor
|Five years, after which online revalidation will be required.
Note for Yachtmaster Instructors
Although YMIs are not required to complete the ‘Teaching in the
Classroom’ course, from 1 March 2019 they will be required to undertake
the two-day ‘Shorebased Navigation Instructor’ course before being able
to teach RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship, RYA Day Skipper
Shorebased and RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster™ Offshore Shorebased