Racing Coach – course bookings

Everything you need to know about starting coaching and booking onto a course

To become a race coach you must complete a Race Coach Level 2 qualification.

What is a Race Coach Level 2?

A racing coach with this qualification is someone with racing experience who can help others to learn racing skills or improve their existing skills.  They will do this by creating simple exercises, such as races, games or drills, that give sailors the chance to practise a specific racing skill.  This will usually be done within a framework of “Plan-Do-Review”.  A Race Coach Level 2 is able to coach Start, Club and Regional awards under the RYA Racing Scheme

What is the Race Coach Level 2 course?

This intensive two-day course looks at different areas of coaching and how to apply coaching skills in a practical series of on-the-water exercises.  Each candidate will be expected to run complete sessions including a briefing, on-the-water exercises, and review.  The aim of the course is to provide candidates with techniques to safely coach racing to youth and adult sailors.  Our courses are COVID-secure and comply with RYA and club guidelines.

Am I suitable? What experience do I need?

If you would like to become a Race Coach Level 2 you must satisfy the following criteria:

  • hold a RYA Level 2 powerboat handling certificate 
  • have an approved and valid first aid certificate (page not ready Training/Theory 22/4) 
  • be an RYA member 
  • be a UK based sailor 
  • should be a good club racer (see the RYA Racing Scheme: Club Racing award for more details)
  • be a minimum age of 16.  Level 2 coaches aged under 18 should be appropriately supervised

 If you have any questions regarding the race coach courses please email:


Venue  Date  Open/Closed  Cost  Book 

Tamar River SC

Wolseley Road, Plymouth, PL5 1JY

2nd & 3rd October 21


£125  BOOK NOW

Ballyholme SC

Seacliff Road, Bangor, Northern Ireland,  BT20 5HT

16th & 17th October 21 Open  £125  BOOK NOW

Starcross SC

Church Road, Powderham, Exeter, EX6 8JJ

 16th & 17th October 21  Closed  £125 BOOK NOW

Royal Harwich SC

Hall Barn, West Mersea, Colchester, CO5 8SD

 17th & 18th October 21 Closed  £125 FULL 

 Emsworth SC 

Bath Road, Emsworth, PO10 7ES

23rd & 24th October 21 


£125    BOOK NOW

Clyde Windsurfing Centre (Windsurfing RC2)

 Lochwinnoch, PA12 4EA

30th & 31st October 21  Closed  £35  BOOK NOW


Watermead Country Park, Leicester, LE7 1PD

30th & 31st October 21  Closed  £125  BOOK NOW

 Cotswold SC

Lake 9, Cerney Wick Lane, Cotswold Water Park, GL7 5QJ

6th & 20th November 21 Closed £125 BOOK NOW

 Avon SC

Chaceley Stock, Gloucester, GL19 4EQ

20th & 12st November 21  Closed £125 BOOK NOW

 Island Barn SC

Ray Road, West Molesey, KT8 2LF

4th & 5th December 21  Closed £125 Link coming soon

 Royal Lymington YC

Bath Road, Lymington, SO41 3SE

11th & 12th December 21  Closed  £125 BOOK NOW


Still not sure if being a race coach is for you?

We understand that some people want to "try before they buy", so we have created a coaching taster programme called “Discover Coaching and Instructing”.  This half-day programme is aimed at people interested in the idea of becoming a coach or instructor, but want to know more before they make the commitment to taking a race coach or instructor qualification.  If you are interested in attending or setting up a “Discover Coaching and Instructing” event for your club or class, then please get in contact via

Is there anything after the Racing Coach Level 2 course?

Yes, there are many ways you can continue to improve your coaching; the Race Coach Level 2 qualification is just the start of your journey.  See the Improve my coaching page for more details.