Who teaches what

The tables below show the minimum instructor qualifications required for each course, working with supervision as shown in the guidance note (see Practical Centres or Shorebased Centres sections as appropriate), and subject to recognition being held for the course and type of craft.

Dinghy, keelboat and multihull

Course
Minimum instructor qualification
Youth Sailing Scheme Stages 1 to 4
Sailing Scheme Levels 1 to 3
Seamanship Skills
Day Sailing
Dinghy/Multihull/Keelboat instructor as appropriate for the type of craft
Sailing with Spinnakers
Advanced Instructor, or Dinghy/Multihull/Keelboat instructor as appropriate for the type of craft who is suitably experienced and approved by the Principal or Chief Instructor
Start Racing
Racing Instructor who is also a Dinghy/Multihull/Keelboat instructor as appropriate for the type of craft
Intermediate Racing
Racing Coach Level 2, or Racing Instructor who is also a Dinghy/Multihull/Keelboat instructor as appropriate for the type of craft and who is suitably experienced and approved by the Principal or Chief Instructor
Advanced Racing
Racing Coach Level 3, or Racing Instructor/Racing Coach Level 2 who is also a Dinghy/Multihull/Keelboat instructor as appropriate for the type of craft and who is suitably experienced and approved by the Principal or Chief Instructor
Performance Sailing
Advanced Instructor who is also a Dinghy/Multihull/Keelboat instructor as appropriate for the type of craft

Windsurfing

Courses Minimum instructor qualification

Youth Windsurfing Stage 1 and 2;
Start Windsurfing

Start Windsurfing Instructor
Youth Windsurfing Stage 3;
Intermediate non-planing
Intermediate non-planing instructor
Youth Windsurfing Stage 4;
Intermediate planing
Intermediate planing instructor
Advanced Advanced Windsurfing Instructor
Start Racing Racing Instructor (windsurfing)
Intermediate Racing Racing Coach Level 2 or Racing Instructor who is also suitably experienced and approved by the Principal or Chief Instructor.
Advanced Racing Racing Coach Level 3, or a Racing Instructor/Racing Coach Level 2 who is suitably experienced and approved by the Principal or Chief Instructor

Powerboat

Course Minimum instructor qualification
Level 1 and Level 2 Powerboat Instructor
Tender Operator, Intermediate and Advanced Advanced Powerboat Instructor (commercial endorsement needed for teaching Tender Operator and Advanced courses)
Safety Boat Powerboat Instructor who holds the Safety Boat certificate

Personal Watercraft

Course Instructor qualification
PW Proficiency Course and Introduction to PW Safety
Personal Watercraft Instructor

Inland Waterways

Course Instructor qualification
IW Crew Course and IW Helmsman Course
Inland Waterways Instructor

Yachtmaster

Course Minimum instructor qualification
Sail:
Start Yachting
Level 1 Start Sailing
Competent Crew
Level 2 Basic Skills
Day Skipper
Cruising Instructor Sail
Motor:
Start Motor Cruising
Helmsman
Day Skipper
Cruising Instructor Motor
Advanced Pilotage (motor only)
Coastal Skipper
Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore preparation courses
Yachtmaster Instructor Sail or Motor as appropriate

Navigation

Course Instructor qualification
Essential Navigation and Seamanship
RYA Shorebased Instructor, Yachtmaster Instructor or Powerboat Trainer.

If supporting the online course, the instructor must complete the online course themselves.
Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore
RYA Shorebased Instructor or Yachtmaster Instructor.
Yachtmaster Ocean
RYA Shorebased Instructor or Yachtmaster Instructor. Both must also hold the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence.

Specialist Short Courses

Course Instructor qualification
CEVNI RYA practical or shorebased instructor who is familiar with the CEVNI rules.

If the RTC offers the test online, the instructor must have taken the online test themselves.
Diesel Engine
RYA Diesel Engine Instructor
First Aid
RYA First Aid Intructor
Marine Radio
RYA SRC Assessor.

If supporting online courses, the Assessor must complete the online course and knowledge check themselves. 
Professional Practices and Responsibilities
Commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster Instructor or Advanced Powerboat Instructor who holds the PPR certificate.
Radar
RYA Radar Instructor
Safe and Fun
  • Practical RYA instructor qualification;
  • Safe and Fun certificate;
  • Relevant experience of working with children and/or vulnerable adults in an RYA context, complying with an organisation's safeguarding policies and procedures;
  • Experience of instructing RYA courses for children.

Due to the above requirements, the nominated instructor is likely to hold a criminal records check, although this is not a requirement.
Sea Survival
RYA Sea Survival Instructor 
Offshore Personal Survival

RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Instructor;

OR a combination of:

  • an RYA Sea Survival Instructor for the Basic Sea Survival element including pool session,
  • an RYA Offshore Safety Instructor for the additional heavy weather, emergency procedures and offshore special regulations elements.