RYA East Instructor & Race Coach Courses & CPD

Find out about the opportunities to train or develop your skills as an instructor or race coach in the East region

This is the place to find out about forthcoming instructor courses and CPD opportunities throughout the East region. If you cannot find a suitable course please email and let us know how we can help. 



Course Location Date  Cost More Information
OnBoard Dinghy Instructor Skills Day Alton Watersports Centre 21st May £0 Find out more
Keelboat Senior Instructor Colne Yacht Club & East Anglian Sailing Trust 21,22 May & 11,12 June £250 Find out more
Dinghy Instructor Revalidation Day Oulton Broad Watersports Centre 27th July £25 Find out more
Multihull Instructor Endorsement Grafham Water Sailing Club 3rd & 4th September £50 Find out more



Powerboat / Personal Watercraft

Coming Soon



Course Location Date  Cost More information
Wing Surfing/Foiling Development Grafham Watersports centre 18th June £40 Find out more 
Wing Surfing/Foiling Development Alton Watersports Centre 29th July £75 Find out more
Wing Surfing/Foiling Development Alton Watersports Centre 30th July
Morning or Afternoon
£40 Find out more


Click here to learn about becoming a race coach.

Training centres also run RYA instructor courses throughout the year, download a list of dates from the Document Finder for dinghy/keelboat/multihull, powerboat/PW, windsurfing and wingsurfing. Please contact these centres directly for more information.


Online CPD Sessions

To help you get ready for the season ahead we are delivering a series of free online sessions. Check out the details below...


Session Title


Lead presenter

 Booking details

16th February

19.00 - 19.20

How can the OnBoard programme and resources support instructors to deliver sessions for young people

An introduction to RYA OnBoard and the broader learning benefits of young people getting on the water. Discuss the resources available and teaching techniques to enhance your sailing and windsurfing sessions.

Hannah Cockle

RYA OnBoard Operations Officer

Robin Nicol

RYA Scotland Coach Education Development Manager

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23rd February

19.00 - 19.20

How to prepare for a Senior Instructor course

Senior Instructors are very important for running activity at clubs and centres. In this session, Jane will share what to expect on a Senior Instructor course and will explore what instructors can do to prepare themselves.

Jane Campbell Morrison

RYA Dinghy Trainer

Ben Hodgson

RYA Dinghy & Windsurf Trainer

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2nd March

19.00 - 20.00

How people learn, thepredict - test - sense learning model


Explore how to create a learning experience that supports sailors to learn by making predictions, testing these predictions and having the opportunity to make sense of what works andwhat doesn’t.


This is a 1-hour interactive workshop that will use breakout rooms to allow participants to discuss and share ideas with the RYA coach development team.

Tim Cross

Race Coach Tutor Team

9th March

19.00 - 19.20

How to embed sustainability messages within your courses

Phil will look at how sustainability messages can be embedded within RYA courses by including them as part of best practice and good seamanship. He will also run through the free resources available to instructors to help them along the way

Phil Horton

RYA Environment and Sustainability Manager

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16th March

19.00 - 19.20

How can you look after your own and supporting other instructors and coaches mental health

Mental health is a topic we are all becoming more aware of the importance of. In this session Leon will explore what we can do to look after our own mental health as what we can do to support those around us including other instructors.

Leon Ward

RYA Disability Development Officer

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23rd March

19.00 - 19.20

How to feel confident delivering sessions for students with a disability, different genders, or people from ethnically diverse communities

Teaching people from backgrounds that we aren't used to can be daunting. We will hear from a panel of experienced instructors as they share what they have learned over many years of delivering sailing sessions for people from a whole range of different backgrounds.


Tom Davenport

RYA Sailing Development Officer and Dinghy Trainer

Recording coming soon!

Tuesday 29th March

19.00 - 20.00

RYA Training Scheme Update In this session Amanda and Rachel will provide an update on the dinghy, windsurf, powerboat, personal watercraft and inland waterways training schemes. There will be an opportunity to ask questions throughout the session. Amanda Van Santen RYA Dinghy & Windsurf Chief Instructor

Rachel Andrews RYA Power Chief Instructor

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