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Course FAQ's: RYA Dinghy Instructor

What will you get out of the Dinghy Instructor training?

Where most experienced sailors can teach a friend how to helm, trim the sheets, gybe and go about, the RYA instructor training system is one of the best in the world because it teaches people in a specific way.

By going through this process, and Instructor Preparation Week you will learn how to instruct in the correct way that is enjoyable for those involved while showing them how to sail safely and effectively.

How much will this RYA course cost including exam fees?

For an intensive, 13 day course you will pay around £1625 to include accommodation, food, RYA Powerboat Level 2 and First Aid. This is equivalent to around $2,470 US Dollars, or 2,200 EUROS depending on the current exchange rate.

What are your limits on passing the course?

Working under a Senior Instructor, you will be able to teach adults and children how to sail in all conditions, and should be able to operate a small powerboat or sailing boat in strong winds. You will not be allowed to run a sailing centre until you have achieved Senior Instructor qualifications.

Is the RYA Dinghy Instructor course theory, practical or both?

Expect to do a lot of classroom work on learning how to teach, but there will be a significant amount of sailing done as part of the instruction and assessment.

Where can you take it?

Many more established sailing clubs will teach the course. There are specific training centres around the UK that can teach this as well.

Can you do this in another country?

Yes, RYA training centres operate around the world. Use our search facility to find a RYA accredited school that offers this dinghy instructor course in your own country.

What level of experience do you need before you begin?

To do just the Dinghy Instructor course you must be at least 16, have a valid First Aid Certificate and an RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate. Many sailing centres will teach these as part of the Dinghy Instructor syllabus.

You must be an extremely skilled dinghy sailor in your own right. The first day of coaching will be a skills assessment that you must pass in order to progress to the next part of the course.

How long does the course take?

Intensive all in courses can take 13 days to include RYA Powerboat Level 2 and a First Aid course. If you have these already, it should take around a week to complete.

What does the RYA Dinghy Instructor course involve?

A full explanation of the RYA Dinghy Instructor syllabus and pre course expectations can be found on the RYA website here. Information on the overall career path can be found on the RYA website via this page.

How do you progress after completing it?

Consider learning to be an RYA Senior Instructor. Information on this course can be found here.

Does passing it give you international accreditation?

No, but there are RYA accredited training centres around the world, and with such a qualification you can enjoy summers teaching as far afield as the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Pacific islands.

Where can I learn more about the RYA Dinghy Instructor course?

Further Resources:

Check out the official RYA webpage.

Take a look at the RYA Dinghy Instructor Pre-Assessment Requirements, or use the ‘View Courses Now’ button below for more information as to where to take it near you.

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