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RYA Instructor Courses Available at SVYC

Instructor Training Courses at Sea View Yacht Club


The RYA Assistant Instructor Course. (2 Days)


This course is a steppingstone to the Dinghy Instructor Course, this is for anyone wishing to assist with Instruction. It allows those Members not yet old enough (available from 13 year olds upwards) to formally instruct and learn the ropes assisting the fully qualified RYA Instructors with Instruction afloat. The course teaches the students how to use the RYA Method,  and work with the different learning styles they will encounter and how to teach in a number of different styles. Students need to have completed one of the RYA advanced modules to be able to attend this course. 

The course also teaches about the Risk Assessments and Standard Operating Proceedures that the SVYC Training Department use. Successful Candidates will be entitled to wear the Instructor Green Shirt.

The Course is taught by an RYA Senior Instructor or higher and the students will be asked to sail in boats from the Club Fleet to demonstrate both their personal sailing ability and their ability to teach from within a boat.

Pre-entry Sailing Assessment  (1Day)

The Pre-entry Sailing Assessment this is assessed by a RYA Dinghy Coach Assessor.  In a RS Vision you will be asked to demonstrate: rudderless sailing around a triangle, picking up a mooring (wind against tide), coming alongside, anchoring, tight circles, reefing afloat, MOB recovery, sailing backwards and lee shore launching and recovery. Note:  These skills require practice before the event! Please note a minimum of 11 knots of wind is required for the assessment.

The RYA Dinghy Instructor Courses     (6 Days) [*with the first day including the Pre-entry Sailing Assessment]


The Instructor Course demands a high standard, and is therefore an intensive week involving some evening work. Successful candidates will be qualified to work in RYA dinghy schools world-wide. The course covers the RYA method, teaching techniques and each student will run a practical session and give a presentation. We will cover basic racing tuition and those with suitable experience may also qualify as RYA Racing Instructors.

The Course is run using the Clubs fleet of dinghies and you will be expected to be able to sail any of the Club's fleet - Optimist, Topper, RS Tera, Pico, Laser 4.7, RS Feva, RS Vision, Topper Buzz, Dart 16.

If you dont have experience of any of these craft we suggest that you contact the office to arrange a trial or some private lessons. If you would prefer to use a different class of dinghy for this test please contact Jon Curtis. Minimum age 16, but open to adults. 

Please note that Prior to an Instructor Course candidates must hold / attain RYA Membership, Pre-Entry Assessment, SRC, RYA Powerboat Level 2, First Aid Certificate, RYA Safe & Fun (included in our course ask for the login details), and be a Minimum age of 16.

You must now become an RYA Member and remain one to be an Instructor. You can join the RYA through SVYC go to Please quote Joining Point Code "Sea View Yacht Club" to help SVYC.

The RYA Senior Instructor (Dinghy)   (4 Days)


The Senior Instructor is a manager as well as an experienced Instructor, so the course focuses heavily on your ability to brief and debrief Instructors on the sessions run throughout the 2 weekends. You will be asked to deliver a lecture or two as well as run and assist on at least four sessions afloat. You still need to be able to sail too!

The course is for experienced instructors wishing to step up to managing other instructors. You must have a recommendation from your centre principal to join an SI Course.   You will also need to do some homework as you are expected to roll up on day 1 with a completed SI Workbook 

Fleet management is also an important skill, with an RYA Senior Instructor Certificate you are able to be the Chief Instructor of any RYA Training Centre. Skills like these will obviously help you to stand out from the crowd on your CV later in life.

Please Note: - You must also hold RYA Safety Boat, SRC, a valid First Aid certificate and the RYA Safe & Fun Course completion certificate. Other pre-requisites are 2 seasons teaching logged, and be over 18. Sailing ability is not directly assessed on this course however those whose standard is too low will not pass!!!!!!!!!

Powerboat Skills Assessment  (1 Day)

The Powerboat skills assessments can be run at any time by an RYA Powerboat Trainer, it is always preferable to take this a little while in advance of your Instructor course however in the worst case scenario the skills test will also be run on the first of this 4 day course, you will be tested to check that you are up to speed with both theory knowledge and practical skill to the standard of Powerboat Level 2.

The RYA Powerboat Instructor (4 Days)  [*with the first day including the Powerboat Skills Assessment]


This qualification enables you to run RYA Powerboat Level 1 & 2 + if you hold your Safetyboat Certificate you will be able to teach that too.

After completing your skills assessment the RYA Powerboat Trainer will run the course for the next 3 days. The 4th day will be a moderation day, this will be moderated by another RYA Powerboat Trainer.  

Pre-requisites are RYA Membership, the Powerboat Skills Assessment, a valid First Aid certificate and a minimum age of 16.


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