RYA Cruising Instructor

Price: from £995

Location: Starts from our base at Premier Gosport Marina, and visits different ports around the Solent and adjacent waters.

Duration: 5 days

The RYA Cruising Instructor practical sailing Course is a designed for RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore qualified sailors to enhance their career and gain the much coveted RYA Cruising Instructor qualification, and begin your Instructing career.

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What is included in the course cost:

  • Yacht hire (5 days)
  • RYA Qualified Cruising Instructor Trainer
  • Breakfast, lunches, snacks and three evening meals
  • Tea, coffee & soft drinks
  • Accommodation on board
  • Marina berths & moorings
  • Harbour dues & fees
  • Diesel
  • Cooking gas
  • Electric in marinas
  • Wet weather kit hire (not footwear)
  • Hire of a Baltic automatic life jacket

Recommended Reading: RYA Yachtmaster Handbook Sail (G70), RYA Yacht Sailing Techniques (G94), RYA Yachtmaster scheme and syllabus (G158), Collision Regulations (G2)

Course Prerequisites: RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence with Commercial Endorsement, Valid RYA First Aid at Sea certificate, RYA Membership, RYA Cruising Instructor pre-course knowledge interactive on-line course e-certificate

Minimum Age: 18

Holiday Insurance: We would advise ALL our customers to ensure they have suitable holiday insurance in-place. Yachtsman’s insurance is available from a variety of souces like Topsail Insurance and can cover things like cancellations and personal effects cover.

Who is the course for:

This course is designed for RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore qualified sailors (With Commercial Endoresement) who want to take that next step towards becoming a qualified RYA Cruising Instructor.

The RYA Cruising Instructor qualification enables you to teach the RYA Start Yachting, RYA Competent Crew and RYA Day Skipper practical courses when working for an accredited RYA Training Centre.

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What we cover on the course:

Run over five days, you’ll be assessed by a qualified RYA Cruising Instructor Trainer, who will test your practical and theory skills to the max. You’ll need to be fully conversant with the RYA Competent Crew and RYA Day Skipper courses, along with complete familiarisation with the Col-Regs (Collision Regulations).

You will be expected to give a comprehensive demonstration of any part of the RYA Competent Crew and RYA Day Skipper syllabus including: Knots, sail-handling, man overboard drills both under power and sail, mooring/anchoring, pilotage by day and night, IRPCS, basic meteorology, chartwork / navigation and general skippering of a vessel, including expert management of the crew.

Our RYA Cruising Instructor courses have a maximum of 4 students. All students will get their own bed on board. In some instances sharing a cabin may be required.

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Course formats & details:

Courses run in a single format:

  • 5 consecutive days: (Monday to Friday)

During your RYA Cruising Instructor Course you’ll be fully residential aboard one of our fleet yachts, visiting various marinas and anchorages around the Solent.

The course includes free accommodation aboard our immaculate, well-maintained yachts with breakfast, lunch and snacks plus three evening meals onboard (One evening meal is taken ashore at the students own cost). We also include all fuel, mooring fees and safety kit such as lifejackets and waterproofs. All Students are able to live and stay on board the yacht for the duration of the course. 

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Our Chief Instructor says this about the RYA Cruising Instructor Course:

This course is the next logical step for all RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualified sailors who want to become an RYA qualified Cruising Instructor.

Run over five days, it’s an intensive course which will test all your practical and theory skills to the limit. You’ll need to be on the ball and able to demonstrate various skills in a range of different conditions, along with demonstrating your knowledge of the Collision Regulations (Col-Regs) and the RYA Competent Crew and RYA Day Skipper courses. – Subtle hint, time to get the books out and refresh yourself with both courses!

You’ll also need to ensure your interpersonal skills are up to scratch, and that you are professional, personable, approachable, friendly and most importantly in command at all times! The key here is to look and behave like an Instructor you would want to be taught by yourself. So, smarten yourselves up, dress the part (No excuse for tatty kit!), act the part, be the part!

We also offer students the potential to undertake this course for free, once a learning agreement has been entered into with us.

Upon successful completion of the course, you’ll be expected to work-back the course cost by undertaking up to ten days of instructing during the current sailing season (Work-back dates are flexible), thus you’ll be getting valuable instant hands-on teaching experience immediately.

There is also the possibility to come and join the Commodore Yachting Instructors team permanently!

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