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    An effective instructor must have credibility with students and a genuine interest and engagement with the subject is essential for this. Questions from students will often stray outside the core syllabus or be concerned with seeking advice about equipment or situations. Without enthusiasm and a depth of knowledge far above the RYA syllabus, this credibility could easily be lost. It is difficult to quantify in writing exactly what this means but without extensive practical experience of the subject, candidates are unlikely to be successful on this instructor course.

    Due to the short time available on the courses below, there is limited opportunity to develop a candidate's teaching technique or to fill any gaps in knowledge. As such, the courses are a blend of assessing the candidate's knowledge and instructing ability whilst ensuring the structure and standard required of the course is understood. Candidates must therefore ensure they have sufficient underpinning knowledge prior to attending.

    RYA Basic Sea Survival Instructor

    Required certificates
    • RYA Yachtmaster Instructor OR RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor
    • RYA Sea Survival course certificate, must have been completed within the last five years.
    • First Aid Certificate
    Experience
    Must be familiar with the operation of typical offshore safety equipment included in the Sea Survival handbook.
    Training course
    This is a four day combined course and assessment, revising existing knowledge, providing advice for teaching the RYA Sea Survival course and assessing knowledge and candidate's ability to deliver the RYA Sea Survival course. Candidates will be expected to be familiar with the operation of typical offshore safety equipment included in the Sea Survival Handbook and Boat Safety Handbook.

    The course is always heavily subscribed so if you are interested in attending, please send your CV to training@rya.org.uk.

    Course dates
    Qualified to teach
    RYA/MCA Small Craft Basic Sea Survival course
     Validity For instructors qualified on or after 3 June 2019 the certificate is valid for five years, after which a revalidation course will be required.
     Revalidation All Basic Sea Survival Instructors will be required to revalidate at some point in the future. The date on which the revalidation will be introduced will be communicated via Wavelength and a Training Notice, so please ensure your contact details are up to date. At that point, instructors who have held their qualification for more than five years will be contacted first. All other instructors will be contacted as the fifth anniversary of their qualification approaches.
    RYA membership
    Required

    Diesel Engine Instructor

    Minimum age
    18
    Required certificates

    RYA Diesel Engine course certificate, must have been completed within the last five years.

    Teaching in the Classroom

    RYA Instructor in a practical discipline (Sail Cruising, Motor Cruising, Powerboat, Personal Watercraft, Inland Waterways, Dinghy, Multihull, Keelboat or Windsurfing)

    Experience

    Good knowledge of the operation and maintenance of marine diesel engines. Candidates who come from an automotive background should be familiar with both direct and indirect marine cooling systems and salt water filtration.

    Training course

    This is a one day combined course and assessment, revising your existing knowledge, providing advice for RYA Diesel Engine courses and assessing knowledge and ability to deliver an RYA Diesel Engine course.

    You will be required to undertake pre-course knowledge checks and exercises, details of which will be provided prior to the course.

    Course dates and online booking

    Qualified to teach
    RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance course
    Validity
    For instructors qualified on or after 3 June 2019 the certificate is valid for five years, after which a revalidation course will be required.
     Revalidation  All Diesel Engine Instructors will be required to revalidate at some point in the future. The date on which the revalidation will be introduced will be communicated via Wavelength and a Training Notice, so please ensure your contact details are up to date. At that point, instructors who have held their qualification for more than five years will be contacted first. All other instructors will be contacted as the fifth anniversary of their qualification approaches.
    RYA membership
    Required

    First Aid Instructor

    Minimum age
    18
    Required certificates
    • First Aid at Work, meeting the requirements of the UK Health and Safety Regulations and issued by a UK Awarding Organisation or voluntary accreditation scheme (including voluntary aid organisations and trade bodies), or;
      STCW Medical First Aid at Sea issued or updated in the last 5 years, or;
      A licence to practice in the UK as a Doctor, Nurse or Paramedic.
      If you are outside the UK and cannot access the certificates listed above, other equivalent qualifications may be considered on a case by case basis.
    • RYA First Aid Certificate, must have been completed within the last five years.
    • RYA Marine Radio SRC certificate
    • RYA instructor in a practical discipline (Sail Cruising, Motor Cruising, Powerboat, Personal Watercraft, Inland Waterways, Dinghy, Multifull, Keelboat or Windsurfing)
    • Recommended: RYA Sea Survival Certificate and certificated training in the use of an AED
    • Teaching in the Classroom
    Experience
    • An appreciation of the restrictions to first aid in the marine environment
    • Recent, relevant boating experience
    • Awareness of current first aid practices shown in the latest edition of the RYA First Aid book.
    Training course

    One day course.

    Exemption for medical professionals: Doctors and nurses with recent appropriate acute experience, and paramedics are exempt from the need for a first aid qualification, but attending an RYA First Aid course before coming on the Instructor's course is highly recommended. Once retired and no longer practising, a First Aid at Work or STCW Medical First Aid at Sea Certificate will be required after three years.

    You will be required to undertake pre-course knowledge checks and exercises, details of which will be provided prior to the course.

    Course dates and online booking system

    Qualified to teach
    RYA First Aid course
    Validity
    Five years, after which a revalidation course will be required. A valid First Aid certificate of the type listed above must be maintained.
    Revalidation All First Aid Instructors are required to revalidate every five years and will be contacted as the fifth anniversary of their qualification approaches.
    RYA membership
    Required

    Marine Radio SRC Assessor

    Minimum age
    18
    Required certificates
    • RYA Short Range Certificate or higher GMDSS marine radio operator's certificate
    • RYA Instructor in a practical discipline (Sail Cruising, Powerboat, Personal Watercraft, Inland Waterways, Dinghy, Multihull, Keelboat or Windsurfing)
    • Teaching in the Classroom
    • Must have completed or observed an RYA SRC course (online or classroom) within the last five years
    Experience
    Expected to be familiar with the operation of Class D radios and radio equipment typically carried in GMDSS area A1
    Training course

    Two day course and assessment

    You will be required to undertake pre-course knowledge checks and exercises, details of which will be provided prior to the course.

    Course dates and online booking

    Qualified to teach
    RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate
     Validity Five years, after which a revalidation course will be required.
    Revalidation
    An online revalidation course for SRC Assessors was introduced on 29 April 2019 and Assessors who have held their qualification for more than five years have been invited to register for it. All other Assessors will be contacted as the fifth anniversary of their qualification approaches.
    RYA membership
    Required

    RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Instructor

    Minimum age
    18
    Required certificates
    • First aid certificate
    • RYA/MCA Small Craft Basic Sea Survival Certificate
    • RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Certificate
    • RYA Sea Survival Instructor Certificate
    Experience

    Significant offshore racing experience, as skipper, or races of four days or more, on a range of crewed yachts of differing sizes of vessel and crew

    Sailing a range of weather conditions preferably in different latitudes

    When applying for the instructor course, applicants must submit their offshore racing CV.

    Training course

    One day course and assessment

    Successful candidates of this course will then be invited to prepare their course syllabus and programme and present it to the Training Department for review prior to be appointed as an instructor.

    The instructor course is organised centrally by the RYA and is always heavily subscribed. If you are interested in attending, please send your CV to training@rya.org.uk.

    Qualified to teach
    RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Course
     Validity For instructors qualified on or after 3 June 2019 the certificate is valid for five years, after which a revalidation course will be required.
    Revalidation
     All Offshore Personal Survival Instructors will be required to revalidate at some point in the future. The date on which the revalidation will be introduced will be communicated via Wavelength and a Training Notice, so please ensure your contact details are up to date. At that point, instructors who have held their qualification for more than five years will be contacted first. All other instructors will be contacted as the fifth anniversary of their qualification approaches.
    RYA membership
    Required

    Radar Instructor

    Minimum age
    18
    Required certificates
    • RYA Radar course certificate, must have been completed within the last five years.
    • RYA Cruising Instructor, RYA Yachtmaster Instructor or RYA Powerboat Advanced Instructor
    • Teaching in the Classroom
    Experience
    Small craft marine radar and knowledge well in excess of the RYA Radar syllabus. Candidates must be experienced operators of small craft marine radar for collision avoidance and pilotage in good and poor visibility.
    Training course

    This is a one day combined course and assessment, revising existing knowledge, providing advice for RYA Radar courses and assessing the candidate's knowledge and ability to deliver the RYA Radar course.

    You will be required to undertake pre-course knowledge checks and exercises, details of which will be provided prior to the course.

    Course dates and online booking

    Qualified to teach
    RYA Radar course
     Validity For instructors qualified on or after 3 June 2019 the certificate is valid for five years, after which a revalidation course will be required.
     Revalidation All Radar Instructors will be required to revalidate at some point in the future. The date on which the revalidation will be introduced will be communicated via Wavelength and a Training Notice, so please ensure your contact details are up to date. At that point, instructors who have held their qualification for more than five years will be contacted first. All other instructors will be contacted as the fifth anniversary of their qualification approaches.
    RYA membership
    Required