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About This Course

Commodore Yachting’s Cruising Instructor course takes place over 5 days with one day being spent in the classroom and four days out on the water. You will need to already be a Commercially Endorsed Yachtmaster Offshore to take this course which is the first level RYA teaching qualification. After successfully completing the course and assessment you will be qualified to teach RYA Competent Crew and Day Skipper practical courses at any recognised RYA training centre.

At Commodore Yachting this course is taught by our senior instructors , who have many years of experience teaching all levels of students from absolute beginners to Yachtmasters.
You will be taught varied teaching techniques to enable to to make the most of the many different learning styles and enable you to get the very best out of your students. You will go learn how to plan your courses, make the most of all the training opportunites available as well as managing your time ensuring that you cover the whole RYA syllabus during a course. During the Cruising Instructor course you will take part in role play situations where you will find out how it feels to be both the instructor and the student.

We often employ our ‘home taught’ newly qualified Cruising Instructors to teach in the school. You will be given the chance to consolidate your training and pick up tips by doubling up with one of our senior instructors for a RYA practical course. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience and kick start your career as a Cruising Instructor without incurring further training costs.

John Pettinger - Cruising Instructor Trainer

 Trainer – John Pettinger wrote:

Hi Jackie and Karen

Just a quick note to say thank you for allowing me to run your CI course this week. The delegates were all very good and I would be happy to recommend them all to any school as a new CI. This is unusual as from previous courses, there has normally been only one or two that I would recommend……. Matt (assessor) was of the same opinion!
Additionally, the pre-course administration and the yacht preparation was also very thorough and allowed the course to run smoothly….

Thanks again

Duration5 daysMaximum students : instructor4:1
LocationSolentMinimum age18
What’s includedAccommodation on board one of our Bavaria yachts breakfast, lunch, evening meal and drinks on board, berthing fees, free hire of wet weather gear if required.ExtrasEvening meal ashore on joining evening if required.
We recommend the RYA G15 Logbook and G27 (E-book) Instructors Handbook.
WhenSunday evening 1900hrs to Friday afternoon 1600hrs or Sunday evening 1900hrs to Friday afternoon 1600hrs. All year roundRequirementsCommercially Endorsed Yachtmaster Offshore, in date First Aid Certificate, PPR course, RYA membership
Let us know aboutAny special dietary requirements and needs.
Please note, we will do our best to cater for vegetarian diets or food allergies but not general food fads! Please call the office if in doubt.
CostAll year: £660.00

FEEDBACK – Cruising Instructor Student Reviews

John is one of the best instructors I have ever sailed with – he made the course fun, informative and his knowledge and enthusiasm (and sense of humour) shone through all week. Very professional. The high line transfer in the dark was a first for me and the highlight of the week! I cannot speak highly enough of this man, and if I ever get to be half the instructor he is I will be a happy teddy bear!

Ian – Cruising Instructor Course, November 2015

RYA Coastal Skipper Syllabus

The aim of this course is to teach the skills and techniques required to skipper a cruising yacht safely on coastal passages by day and night.

  • 1. Passage planning
  • Can plan a coastal passage including a consideration of the capability of the yacht, navigation, victualling, weather, ports of refuge, tidal heights, and tidal streams, publications required and strategy
  • Know Customs procedures
  • 2. Preparation for sea
  • Is aware of safety equipment required for offshore passages
  • Can prepare a yacht for sea including stowage, safety briefing, watch keeping, delegating responsibilities and equipment and engine checks
  • 3. Pilotage
  • Can prepare a pilotage plan, with consideration of surroundings, transits, clearing bearings, buoyage, port or harbour regulations and tidal considerationsb. Can pilot a yacht by day and night
  • 4. Passage making and ability as skipper
  • Can take charge of a yacht and direct the crew
  • Can organise the navigation, deckwork, and domestic duties of a yacht on passage
  • Is aware of the significance of meteorological trends
  • Is aware of crew welfare on passage
  • Can use electronic navigational equipment for planning and undertaking a passage, including the use of waypoints and routes
  • 5. Yacht handling under power
  • Can control the yacht effectively in a confined space under power
  • All berthing and unberthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide
  • 6. Yacht handling under sail
  • Characteristics
  • Can use the sails to control the yacht in a confined space
  • Anchoring and mooring in various conditions of wind and tide
  • Can sail efficiently on all points of sailing
  • 7. Adverse weather conditions
  • Preparation for heavy weather and yacht handling in strong winds
  • Navigation and general conduct in restricted visibility
  • 8. Emergency situations
  • Recovery of man overboard under power and sail
  • Understands action to be taken when abandoning to the liferaft and during helicopter and lifeboat rescues


Prior to the course candidates must fulfil the following criteria:

Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence;
First Aid certificate,*
Commercial endorsement;
Basic sea survival certificates;
Medical fitness examination (ML5, ENG1 or medical issued by a National Maritime Authority)
The qualification is valid for five years. After five years the CI must either be re-assessed or, preferably, progress to the Yachtmaster Instructor course.

RYA Membership

First aid

Instructors must hold one of the following:

RYA one day Small Craft First Aid Course

Ships Captains Medical Course

First Aid at Sea

Medical or nursing qualification or higher standard

Overseas: A First Aid Certificate issued by a National Authority

The first aid and commercial endorsement requirements apply to

Yachtmasters, Cruising Instructors and Yachtmaster Instructors

Commercial endorsement

Instructors working on commercial vessels certificated under the Code of

Practice must have a commercial endorsement to their Ocean or Offshore

Yachtmasters certificate.

To obtain a commercial endorsement send the following to the RYA:

1. Copy of Sea Survival Certificate (issued following a one day course)*

2. Report of a medical fitness examination (form available from the RYA)*

3. Original Yachtmaster or Coastal Skipper certificate (i.e not photocopy)

4. PPR course completion certificate

4. Small fee

*Or outside the UK, the nationally approved equivalent.

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