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FAQ’s: RYA Cruising Instructor Course

What will you get out of the RYA Cruising Instructor course?

This course will furnish you with the certification and resources to teach the RYA syllabus up to RYA Day Skipper certification, and as such is an entry level sailing instructor’s course.

It is a professional certificate so you will have to have a lot of experience and certificates before you begin it.

You will be able to take people through the RYA syllabus confidently and competently - and sail for a living!

How much will the Cruising Instructor course cost including exam fees?

Depending on where and when you do it, expect to pay up to £660/920 EUROS/$1,050 for the five day residential course.

What are your limits on passing the course?

This will enable you to teach people up to the level of Day Skipper. Many people get to this level and never progress beyond, so you will teach a large range of participants and get them to a level of competence that suits their needs.

Is the Cruising Instructor course shorebased (theory), practical or both?

It is a practical course – done afloat – but with a heavy theoretical element that is covered during the course.

Where can you take it?

You can take this course anywhere that is accredited to teach it by the RYA. This means that you're free to take it in another country, but to qualify you will need to be a UK national.

What level of experience do you need before you begin?

You must have a commercially endorsed RYA Offshore certificate, though should show considerably more knowledge than that taught in the course in question – this can only come from a lot of experience as a skipper.

You must also complete an RYA online pre course check. Though you can do this after booking the course, it is advised you only book a place once you have passed the checks as you could end up with cancellation fees if you do not meet the standards. 

How long does the course take?

This is a 5 day course, completed offshore.

What does the RYA Cruising Instructor course involve?

Sailing skills and experience are not taught on this course – you should have proven your skills and abilities before you even book a place on this.

You will be guided through the teaching skills required to meet the standards required by the RYA. You will cover course planning, teaching and learning theory, giving feedback, and how to teach and learn from accidents during the course you provide.

You will also be taught a lot about how the RYA operates and what is expected from instructors.

For the first four days you will be taught by one person and on day five you will have a second trainer aboard to assess what you have learned and issue the certificate.

How do you progress after?

You can progress through the RYA cruising instruction career path, with the apex of this being a Yachtmaster Examiner.

Does it give you international accreditation?

No, but your commercially endorsed Yachtmaster will be recognised all over the world.

Where can you learn more about the Cruising Instructor course?

Have a look around the RYA website to see what the course involves, or visit this forum to read more questions and answers.

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