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The RYA Dinghy Instructor is the qualification required for those wishing to use their sailing skills to teach others and impart their passion and enthusiasm for the sport.

As a dinghy instructor you must be a competent, experienced sailor capable of sailing a training boat in strong winds, handling a small powerboat and be able to communicate with a diverse range of people from novices to improvers, adults and children.

The five day course is taught by a RYA Coach Assessor and is moderated on the final day by a second RYA Coach Assessor.


Don't miss our Instructor Training Preparation Day - This course ultimately is to ensure participants feel comfortable, confident and prepared to make the most out of Instructor Training.

Health Declaration

On successful completion of your course you will be asked to sign a health declaration stating that you are not suffering from any physical or mental impairment which has an adverse effect on your ability to properly discharge your duty of care as an instructor. If you are unable to sign the standard declaration, you will be required to complete a medical questionnaire.

Recommended Reading

RYA Dinghy Coaching Handbook & Logbook (G14)

RYA National Sailing Scheme & Logbook (G4)

Young Sailors Logbook (G11)

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Course Information

Duration: 5 Days

Time: 0915-1700 (does include some evening work)

Minimum Standard: See pre-requisites

Minimum Age: 16 yrs. 

Anyone under the age of 18 years must have a Parental Consent form completed and signed by a parent/guardian - this must be handed in to reception on arrival during registration, without this form participants will not be permitted to take part.

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