The RYA Cruising Instructor course is the qualification you need to start teaching RYA courses. It is the entry level for instructors in the RYA Cruising Scheme.
Student Instructor Ratio - 3:1. There will be a maximum of 3 students to 1 instructor on this course. This allows for more focused and intensive instruction at the same time as offering more space on board. No one will need to share accommodation.
Holders of the Cruising Instructor qualification are able to teach Competent Crew and Day Skipper courses with an RYA Recognised Training Centre.
You should be an experienced Yachtmaster Offshore with a thorough knowledge to this level. The Cruising Instructor course focuses on how to teach, instruct, coach, observe and deliver constructive feedback. Candidates must therefore ensure they have sufficient underpinning knowledge prior to attending.
To ensure credibility with students a depth of knowledge far above the RYA syllabus is necessary. Without enthusiasm and extensive practical experience candidates are unlikely to be successful on a Cruising Instructor course.
The course is taught by one Trainer and moderated on the final day by another one.
Minimum Age: 18+
You need to be an RYA Member
Experience: Experienced skipper with theoretical and practical knowledge well in excess of the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence
Pre Entry: Candidates are required to pass an online pre-course module prior to being eligible to attend the course
We include everything you will need with your course fee:
Topics for this course include the following:
Teaching and Learning Theory
How students learn
Barriers to learning
Simple coaching models and their uses and limitations
Prioritising feedback - safety-learning-fun
Practical Course Syllabus
Debriefing / Feedback Skills
Sleeping bag and pillow
Any teaching aids you may have
Really great instructor, immense knowledge and great gag."Andrew W
"I passed! Which says a lot about the instructor who did a fantastic job."James E
"Excellent crew and instructors. Learned a great deal."Peter S
"Really taken me to the next level in my understanding. Massively expanded my existing knowledge."Jamie R
"First Class Sailing - Best on the Solent, where you are treated as a respected member of the family - not just a fee paying customer. As expected this was a truly personal and technical challenge. With the result of elevating my sailing skills, awareness and confidence in difficult (F7-F9!). Most of all I appreciated the chance to interact with a diverse group and to enjoy the camaraderie and collegiate atmosphere of the crew."Guy G