INSTRUCTOR COURSE JOINING INSTRUCTIONS





These Joining Instructions cover the following Instructor Courses taught at our centre

WHERE

Instructor courses meet at the Training Centre at Shamrock Quay Marina (unless specifically stated otherwise). Directions can be found here. Parking is free on site for our customers (as long as you have registered with the marina). 

TIMINGS 

COURSE START TIME DURATION FINISH MEALS & REFRESHMENTS ACCOMMODATION

RYA Powerboat Instructor

Skills Test

1330 4 hours 1730 Tea/coffee provided No

RYA Powerboat Instructor

Skills Test Training

& Assessment

0930 1 day 1730 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door No

RYA Powerboat Instructor

(PBI)

0930 3 days 1700 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door No
RYA PBI Revalidation or Re-moderation 0930 1 day 1700 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door No
RYA Advanced PBI 0930 2 days late on day 1, 1600 on day 2 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door. Bring money for 1 evening meal No
RYA Motor Cruising Instructor 0930 4 days 1730 daily with 1 late evening Tea, coffee, lunch & 1 evening meal included onboard No

RYA Sail Cruising Instructor

or Sail Instructor Preparation

0930 5 days 1600 on last day All meals included onboard, except 1 evening meal ashore (not included) 4 nights onboard

RYA Yachtmaster

Instructor Sail

2000 5 days 1600 on last day All meals included onboard, except 1 evening meal ashore (not included) 5 nights onboard

RYA Keelboat Instructor Endorsement or

Pre Entry Training

& Assessment

0930 2 days 1700 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door No

RYA Keelboat

Pre Entry

Assessment

1330 4 hours 1700 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door No

RYA Keelboat

Instructor (KBI)

0930 5 days 1800 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door No

RYA KBI

Revalidation or

Re-moderation

0930 1 day 1700 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door No

RYA Keelboat

Racing

Instructor or

Keelboat

Advanced

Instructor

0930 2 days 1700 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door No

RYA Keelboat

Senior

Instructor (KBSI)

0930 4 days 1800 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door No

RYA PWC

Instructor

0930 3 days 1700 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door No

RYA PWC

Instructor Endorsement

0930 1 day 1700 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door No

HSE First Aid

at Work Instructor

0930 4 hours 1330 Tea/coffee provided.  No

If you have any special dietary requirements such as food allergies, or are vegetarian or vegan, please advise us in advance. The sooner you let us know the better we will be able to cater for you. If you wait until the day before your course it will be too late (and you will go hungry).

ACCOMODATION

Accommodation is provided on board for Sail Cruising Instructor and Yachtmaster Instructor Sail courses. If you require accommodation for any other courses or before and after your course you will find a list of some local accommodation at Southampton Accommodation.

PRE REQUISITES

All Instructor courses have pre requisites, these are not optional they are requirements. If you are unsure what they are please check back against the relevant product page (the links in the list of courses at the top of this page). It is essential that you meet the pre requisites before joining your Instructor course. If you do not, then contact us immediately.

SAFETY

All powerboat, motorboat and sail cruising candidates are provided with 150N life jackets. If you would prefer to wear your own life jacket then you may do so. It must be of a minimum 150 Newtons, be well fitting and have been serviced as per the manufacturers recommendations. For courses involving a night exercise it must be fitted with a light and reflective material

All keelboat candidates are provided with a bouncy aid which must be worn at all times when afloat. If you would prefer to wear your own then it must be of a minimum of 50 Newtons, in good condition and well fitting.

All PWC candidates are provided with an impact vest and it should be worn whenever you are afloat. If you would prefer to wear your own impact vest than you may do so. It must be of a minimum 50 Newtons, be well fitting and provide good protection to your torso if you were to fall of a ski at high speed

WHAT TO BRING  

A life jacket, buoyancy aid or impact vest is provided for every practical course.

 

RYA Books

Foot- wear

Wetsuit & spray top (or hire for £5 /day)

Plenty of warm clothing

Foul weather gear (or hire for £5 /day)

Cap, hat, s/glasses, gloves, towel, change of clothes

Pen, pencils & notebook

Toiletries & sleeping bag

RYA Certs.

Whistle and sailing knife

Small water-proof notebook

Small torch

Personal Docs.

All levels of Powerboat Instructor

Buy RYA Power Schemes Instructor Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Powerboat Schemes - Syllabus & Logbook at the RYA Shop
 

Wellies or foot- wear that can get wet

 

X

X

X

X

 

RYA Powerboat Level 2 Cert. & First Aid Cert. (not req for skills test) For the Advanced PBI you additionally require your MCA COC 

Knife 

Req for Adv PBI

RYA Membership Number

Cruising & Yachtmaster Instructor (Sail & Motor)

Buy RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Instructor Handbook at the RYA ShopBuy RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop

Wellies 

 

X

X

X

for sail but not motor

MCA COC & First Aid Cert. & SRC (or higher) 

Knife 

X

X

RYA Membership Number

All level of Keelboat Instructor

Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Instructor Handbook at the RYA Shop

Foot-wear that can get wet

 

 

X

X

X

 

RYA Powerboat Level 2 Cert. & First Aid Cert. req for all but not Pre Entry. SI also req Safety Boat Cert.

Knife & whistle

Not req for Pre Entry

 

RYA Membership Number.

RYA PWC Instructor & Endorsement

Buy RYA Power Schemes Instructor Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Personal Watercraft Handbook at the RYA Shop

Wetsuit boots or similar

X

 

 

X

X

 

RYA PWC Proficiency & First Aid Cert.

Knife & whistle

 X

 

RYA Membership Number

HSE First Aid at Work Instructor

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

First Aid Cert

 

 

 

CV of teaching & assessing experience 

  RYA Books Foot-wear Wetsuit & spray top (or hire for £5 /day) Plenty of warm clothing Foul weather gear (or hire for £5 /day) Cap, hat,  s/glasses, gloves Pens, pencils & notebook Toiletries & sleeping bag RYA Certs. Whistle and sailing knife Small water-proof notebook Small torch

Personal Docs 

OUTCOMES & CERTIFICATION

There are three possible outcomes/results to an Instructor Course. They are;

  • PASS (You pass the course and your Trainer or Coach recommends to the RYA you become an Instructor)
  • ACTION PLAN (You pass some sections of your course and the Trainer sets an action plan for you to complete within a certain time period (often 6 month) before you then qualify. An action plan may include re assessment of certain skills)
  • FAIL (You will need to improve certain skill areas and then re take the course when you are ready)

At the end of your course your trainer or coach will give you a full debrief and inform you of his/her decision. Most RYA Instructor courses are moderated by a second Coach or Trainer who will also be involved with the course debrief.

Successful RYA Instructor candidates receive their certificate by post from the RYA within a few weeks of completing the course. Successful HSE Instructor candidates receive their certificate from us on the day of the course. HSE Instructor courses, certification is at the discretion of your trainer and the Principal. 

PHOTOGRAPHY

You may wish to take some photographs during your course to take home and share with friends and family. Please feel free to snap away (as long as other students are happy to have their photographs taken). We’d love to see your photos, so please do post any images captured whilst on a course with us onto our Facebook page. We run a monthly competition to find the best, or most entertaining, course photo. This can include something amusing you’ve seen whilst on the water: as long as the picture was taken while you were on a course with us, it’s valid for entry! Every month one of our students wins a £50 voucher to redeem against their next course, race or charter.

UNDER 18S

Parents or guardians of students aged under eighteen must fill in and sign a medical declaration / consent form for their child prior to the course starting. This is usually done in the morning. If you will not be there to drop off your child, please contact the office for a form in advance. Certificates for under sixteens will be endorsed “The holder should only use powered craft under the supervision of a responsible adult”. Some courses have a higher minimum age.

INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

Although we train Instructors for several different RYA schemes, there are many qualities common to all good Instructors. An Instructor’s role is to help, encourage and nurture students; it is to help them learn the skills and knowledge they need and, above all, to demonstrate a good example of seamanship and skippering from which students can learn.

At some point in our lives, we have all been taught by good and bad teachers. We should identify from these teachers the qualities that aided our learning and those which were negative. It goes without saying that an Instructor must be able to demonstrate all of the skills required to a higher standard than that required by the student and that an Instructor must also be able to adapt his/her teaching style to suit different students.

During your course you will be asked to teach various sessions, some practical and some theory. The usual format is to explain, demonstrate, sum up the key points and then let the student have a go, before de-briefing. De-briefing techniques will be covered on your course but the essential ingredients are to be positive, honest and to help the student become aware of how they can improve. Simply telling a student “well done, that was good,” will not help the student improve.

Instructor training courses are at the top end of coaching; your trainer will expect you to have certain skills before joining the course and will then coach you on your instructional technique. If you are a little rusty on certain areas then it is a good idea to work on them before your course.

The most common reason for a candidate not passing an Instructor course is lack of understanding or experience in the activity, rather than poor instructing. Preparation is therefore key.

Before your course, you will find it useful to consider the key points of each technique within the relevant syllabus. For example, if a student were picking up a mooring buoy under power, the key points could be: 

  • Boat preparation (lines and possibly a practice run)
  • Briefing the crew and communication during the exercise
  • Choosing the correct direction of approach
  • Controlling speed and stopping (considering wind, tide and way)
  • Picking up the actual mooring buoy & securing to it
  • Having an escape plan and being aware of hazards.

In the normal course of our boating we do all of these things without giving it too much thought, but students learning new skills need to be made aware of the key points or factors that will make their exercise successful. Over the next few pages you will find notes specific to each Instructor Course. 

RYA POWERBOAT INSTRUCTOR SKILLS TEST

Training

If you have opted for the training element of the course, as well as assessment, you will have a few hours to familiarise yourself with our boat and receive a few pointers from one of our experienced Instructors. Clearly this is not the time to be learning new skills, but it is a good opportunity for a final practice before assessment.

Assessment

The assessment consists of two parts, a boat handling test, and a short oral test on background knowledge. The quiz can be done in your own time anytime. The oral test can include anything from the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course and is likely to include IRPCS, basic chartwork, tides, weather, safety, hull types and engine/drive types

For the boat handling test, you will be asked to demonstrate various manoeuvres from the Powerboat Level 2 course. This may include holding off, turning in a confined space, picking up a mooring, anchoring, MOB, approaching & departing various berths in various states of wind and/or tide and high speed handling. 

As a guide, if you are coming alongside, we would like to see the driver put the boat alongside without bumping into the pontoon. We do not want to see hands being used to fend off, stop the boat or pull the bow or stern in. When departing from a pontoon, the same brief applies: no hands and no scraping the boat against the dock. Throughout the assessment, we expect to see good practice (e.g. the kill chord should be worn, one hand should be on the throttle and one on the wheel at all times). Candidates should demonstrate a good understanding of manoeuvring a small outboard powered, wheel steered craft and the correct use of neutral when in proximity to other craft and obstructions. When it comes to the Person Overboard Drill (using a dummy), we do not mind what method you use, as long as it works and is safe. 

The Assessor is not there to catch you out; he/she will not play any tricks on you, his/her role is purely to check that you have the basic driving skills required so that you can go on to learn how to impart these skills to others.

Pre-Course Preparation

  • Complete the online Powerboat Level 2 quiz to test your knowledge and establish where there might be weak areas.
  • Check your background knowledge includes everything within the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course syllabus contained in the RYA Powerboat Logbook (link below)
  • Practice the manoeuvres in the Level 2 syllabus

Useful Pre Course Reading

Buy RYA Powerboat Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Powerboat Schemes - Syllabus & Logbook at the RYA Shop 

RYA POWERBOAT INSTRUCTOR COURSE

Description and Assessment

Candidates must be familiar with the RYA scheme and the content of the Level 1 and 2 syllabuses (contained in Powerboat Logbook G20 below). You will be expected to demonstrate boat handling skills to a high standard and deliver short onshore talks. The Powerboat Instructor Handbook (G19) gives plenty of advice on teaching styles and techniques. This course is based on continual assessment and covers four areas:

  • Personal boat handling skills (you need to be able to demonstrate all of the Level 2 skills proficiently before you attend the course).
  • Personal background knowledge (your knowledge level needs to cover all of the subjects in the Level 2 syllabus before the course starts).
  • Instructing, coaching and de-briefing (we will teach you these skills on the course, although you will still need to have read G19 before you attend).
  • Safety. (You must drive and coach in a safe manor at all times, this includes appropriate use of the kill cord, driving at a safe speed, correct use of gears, maintaining a grip on the wheel and throttle when ever driving and keeping a good look out

 Successful candidates will become qualified to teach the RYA Powerboat Level 1, Level 2 and ICC Courses at RYA Training Centres. Holders of the RYA Safety Boat certificate will automatically become Safety Boat Instructors as well. 

Pre-Course Preparation

Read G19 thoroughly. Also, read through the Level 2 syllabus in G20. Prepare yourself for the four areas described above; work on those areas that are weakest or rusty.

Essential Pre Course Reading

Buy RYA Power Schemes Instructor Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Powerboat Schemes - Syllabus & Logbook at the RYA Shop 

Useful Pre Course Reading

Buy RYA Powerboat Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Start Powerboating at the RYA Shop

RYA PBI RE-MODERATION

The trainer will ask you to teach both a practical and onshore session from the Level 2 course and carry out any other skills identified in your action plan; please ensure you are familiar with all subjects on the syllabus. You may pre-prepare an onshore talk on any of the following subjects:

  • Buoyage
  • Chart work - Latitude, Longitude, Bearing and Distance
  • Hull Shapes and Engine Types
  • Weather
  • Tides
  • IRPCS
  • GPS

 This talk should be pitched at RYA Level 2 standard. Your audience will be the rest of your course candidates and the trainer. Talks should be kept to a maximum of ten minutes, but if the subject can be covered in less time, then keep it shorter. The group may ask you one or two questions at the end of your talk. Resources available include Whiteboard, Multi Media Plasma Screen and Power Point Presentation PC (accepts USB memory stick). This talk, however, does not have to take place in a formal classroom environment; it is up to you to choose how to deliver the talk.

You will also be tested on your general theory knowledge and boat handling skills. Successful candidates will be awarded the RYA Powerboat Instructor Award.

Essential Pre Course Reading

Buy RYA Power Schemes Instructor Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Powerboat Schemes - Syllabus & Logbook at the RYA Shop 

Useful Pre Course Reading

Buy RYA Powerboat Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Start Powerboating at the RYA Shop 

RYA ADVANCED POWERBOAT INSTRUCTOR COURSE

Description and Assessment

Candidates will clearly have an extensive background of powerboating by day and night and will be asked to teach the rest of the group various parts of the Intermediate and Advanced syllabus. Please ensure you are familiar with and can demonstrate all of the skills and techniques. You may be given topics at short notice, so ensure that you are familiar with all topics listed in the logbook G20 and are prepared to deliver any of them. Your boat handling must be of a very high standard, your theory knowledge must be above Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased level and you will need to demonstrate good practical night pilotage and skippering skills. There is one night exercise on the course (first evening). Assessment is continual. On successful completion of the course you will be qualified to teach the Powerboat Tender Operator Course, Intermediate and Advanced Powerboat Courses at RYA Training Centres.

 Pre-Course Preparation

Prior to the course, you will need to prepare the following documents (typed and ready to hand in on the first morning): 

  • Course plan for a 2-day Intermediate Course
  • Course plan for a 2-day Advanced Course (including night exercise on first evening)
  • A hand out for advanced students on Sector Searches 

You will also need to practice any advanced skills that are rusty. 

Pre Course Reading

Buy RYA Power Schemes Instructor Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Powerboat Schemes - Syllabus & Logbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Advanced Powerboat Handbook at the RYA Shop

RYA MOTOR CRUISING INSTRUCTOR

Description and Assessment

Over the four days, we will show you how to go about teaching RYA courses and you will be expected to demonstrate a good example as a Skipper. While we are not testing your Yachtmaster Offshore skills, you are still expected to perform as an experienced Yachtmaster. Your trainer will ask you to teach several parts of the Helmsman’s and Day Skipper practical courses and will discuss with you different teaching styles and techniques. Lunch is provided each day, as are tea, coffee and snacks onboard. Accommodation is not provided. Assessment is continual. On successful completion of the course you will become qualified to teach RYA Start Motor Cruising, RYA Helmsman's and RYA Day Skipper Motor Courses at RYA Training Centres.

Pre-Course Preparation

Prior to this course, it is essential that you have familiarised yourself with the contents of Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and logbook (G158) and Yachtmaster Scheme Instructor Handbook (G27) below, as well as revised any part of the Yachtmaster scheme that may have become rusty. Please prepare in advance a typed safety brief generic to all motor yachts. This sheet will act as a hand out that you can give to Day Skipper Students. You will also need to prepare a similar typed sheet of engine checks. Both of these hand outs will be collected in on the first day of the course.

Essential Pre Course Reading

Buy RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Instructor Handbook at the RYA ShopBuy RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop

Useful Pre Course Reading

Buy RYA Day Skipper Handbook Motor at the RYA Shop

RYA SAIL CRUISING INSTRUCTOR

Description

This is a live aboard course, it is run by a trainer and the final day is moderated by a second RYA Trainer. During your course we will look at teaching skills, de-briefing, theory subjects and the RYA scheme. We will discuss how to best deliver the Level 1, Level 2, Start Yachting, Competent Crew and Day Skipper Practical Courses. Candidates will be expected to perform at the level of an experienced Yachtmaster Skipper and should be able to demonstrate every part of the Day Skipper syllabus proficiently and confidently.

 Pre-Course Preparation

Prior to this course, it is essential that you have familiarised yourself with the contents of Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and logbook (G158) and Yachtmaster Scheme Instructor Handbook (G27) below, as well as revised any part of the Yachtmaster scheme that may have become rusty.

Essential Pre Course Reading

Buy RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Instructor Handbook at the RYA ShopBuy RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop 

RYA YACHTMASTER INSTRUCTOR SAIL                                                           

Description

Berthing fees away from the home port are divided equally among the crew. However berthing at MDL marinas is free. Your belongings should be packed in a soft bags or hold-all, as there is no room for suitcases or rucksacks onboard. Stormforce Coaching cannot be held responsible for any personal items that may be lost, stolen or damaged whilst onboard. All meals onboard, snacks and drinks are provided. If you have any special dietary requirements, such as food allergies, or are vegetarian or vegan, please inform us in advance.

 During your course, we will look at teaching skills, de-briefing, theory subjects and the RYA scheme. A Yachtmaster Trainer will run the course and a second Trainer will moderate the final day.

Pre-Course Preparation

Prior to this course, it is essential that you have familiarised yourself with the contents of Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and logbook (G158) and Yachtmaster Scheme Instructor Handbook (G27) below, as well as revised any part of the Yachtmaster scheme that may have become rusty.

Essential Pre Course Reading

Buy RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Instructor Handbook at the RYA ShopBuy RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop

RYA KEELBOAT INSTRUCTOR ENDORSEMENT

Pre-Requisites

• RYA Dinghy or Multi-hull Instructor
• Keelboat experience and ability to Pre-Entry Standard
RYA Powerboat Level 2
RYA First Aid or equivalent
RYA Membership

Essential Pre-Course Reading

Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Instructor Handbook Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop

Other Useful Reading

Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Instructor Handbook Handbook at the RYA Shop

Description and Assessment

Candidates must already be RYA Dinghy Instructors or RYA Multihull Instructors, with experience of keelboats. Over the two-day course, you will discuss how to adapt your existing techniques to these larger boats and how to run Keelboat courses. You will be sailing our SB20 (formerly know as SB3) keelboats. The Coach will want to see that you can perform to pre-entry standard as well as coach various sessions.

Pre-Course Preparation

Look through the RYA Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Seamanship and Day Sailing syllabi and prepare some ideas on how you would teach keelboating differently from dinghy sailing. Please also ensure your sailing and supporting knowledge is at pre-entry standard.

RYA KEELBOAT INSTRUCTOR PRE ENTRY

Pre-Requisites

• Minimum Age 15
• Experienced & competent Keelboat Sailor
RYA Membership

Pre-Course Reading

Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Instructor Handbook Handbook at the RYA Shop

Other Useful Reading

Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Instructor Handbook Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Dinghy Sailing - Advanced Handbook

Description and Assessment

Over the two days, you will get to practice various seamanship skills onboard our keelboats. Assessment is included in the course. Skills will include:

  • Picking up a mooring (wind with and wind against tide)
  • Coming alongside a pontoon or RIB
  • Reefing afloat
  • Rudderless Sailing
  • MOB
  • Anchoring
  • Sailing Efficiently

Clearly there is not time to teach all of this from scratch; you should be reasonably competent before the course starts. The craft used may include SB20 andnJ/80.

Pre-Course Preparation

  • Ensure you are familiar with the content of the Advanced Sailing Handbook G12

RYA KEELBOAT INSTRUCTOR

Pre-Requisites

• Minimum age 16
RYA Keelboat Pre Entry (passed within the previous year)
RYA First Aid or equivalent
RYA Membership

Essential Pre-Course Reading

Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Instructor Handbook Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop

Other Useful Reading

RYA Start Sailing - Beginners Handbook Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Instructor Handbook Handbook at the RYA Shop

Description and Assessment

Candidates must be familiar with the RYA scheme and the contents of the Level 1 and 2 syllabuses (contained in G4). You will be expected to demonstrate sailing skills to a high standard and to deliver short onshore talks. G14 gives plenty of advice on teaching styles and techniques. This course is based on continual assessment and is moderated on the last day by a second Coach Assessor.

While we will be checking that your sailing skills are still at pre-entry standard and your background supporting knowledge is relevant, we will primarily assess you on your Instructing, coaching and de-briefing (we will teach you these skills on the course, although you will need to have read G14 before you attend the course).

Successful candidates will become qualified to teach the RYA Level 1, 2, Seamanship and Days Sailing Courses at RYA Training Centres.

Pre-Course Preparation

 

  • Read G3 and G12 and practice the various skills described within
  • Read G14 thoroughly.

 

RYA INSTRUCTOR COASTAL ENDORSEMENT OR KBI REVALIDATION

Pre-Requisites

• Minimum age 16
RYA Keelboat Pre Entry (passed within the previous year)
RYA First Aid or equivalent
RYA Membership

Essential Pre-Course Reading

Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Instructor Handbook Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop

Description and Assessment

The Coach will ask you to teach both a practical and onshore session from the Level 2, Level 3, Seamanship or Day Sailing course, so please ensure you are familiar with all subjects on the syllabus. You may pre-prepare an onshore talk on any of the following subjects:

  • Meteorology in Coastal Waters (Level 2)
  • IRPCS (Seamanship)
  • Use of Tide Tables (Seamanship)
  • Rise, fall and the Rule of Twelfths (Seamanship)
  • Interpretation of charts (Day sailing)
  • Use of GPS (Day sailing)

This talk should be pitched at the relevant standard. Your audience will be the rest of your course candidates and the Coach. Talks should be kept to a maximum of ten minutes, but if the subject can be covered in less time, then keep it shorter. The group may ask you one or two questions at the end of your talk. Resources available include OHP, Whiteboard, Multi Media Plasma Screen and PowerPoint Presentation PC (accepts CD ROM). This talk, however, does not have to take place in a formal classroom environment; it is up to you to choose how to deliver the talk. You will also be tested on your general theory knowledge and sailing.

Pre-Course Preparation

As for Keelboat Instructor Course (above)

Prepare one of the above talks

RYA KEEELBOAT RACING INSTRUCTOR COURSE

Pre-Course Reading

Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Instructor Handbook Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop

Other Useful Reading

Buy RYA Dinghy Sailing - Advanced Handbook

Description and Assessment

Candidates must be familiar with the RYA Start Racing Course syllabus and have a wide experience of Club Racing. Your day with us will be a mix of sessions ashore and afloat. You will have the opportunity to participate in and run sessions from the Start Racing course afloat. The Coach will also expect you to deliver a short shorebased session (maximum 10 minutes) on one of the subjects listed below; you will need to prepare this in advance. Your session will be delivered to a small group (3-6 sailors), so try to make it interactive and practical. The session should be aimed at competent adult sailors who are new to club racing.

  • Start line bias
  • Racing rules
  • The start sequence
  • Clubs and classes
  • Upwind tactics

Pre-Course Preparation

  • Prepare at least one of the short shorebased talks listed above

RYA KEELBOAT ADVANCED INSTRUCTOR ENDORSEMENT

Useful Reading

Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Instructor Handbook Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop

Description and Assessment

The two days effectively cover two areas. Firstly, you will need to demonstrate that you can sail to above the level of the RYA Spinnakers and Performance courses. In particular, you will be assessed on performance. Secondly, the coach will cover some of the different techniques used to coach advanced sailors. All candidates will be asked to deliver shorebased briefings and practical sessions from the RYA Spinnakers and/or RYA Performance Sailing Courses.

Pre-Course Preperation

  • Study the G4 and G14 logbooks and handbooks
  • Identify and list the differences between teaching beginner courses and coaching advanced sailors
  • Practice spinnaker sailing, in particular the skills within the RYA courses.
  • Prepare a short (five minute) talk or briefing on at least two of the following subjects. Plan to deliver these talks on the pontoon or on the boat (where you will not have the benefit of classroom facilities):
  1. Rigging the spinnaker
  2. Wind variation
  3. Aerodynamic theory & apparent wind sailing
  4. Main sail controls
  5. Headsail controls
  6. The back stay

INSTRUCTOR COURSE JOINING INSTRUCTIONS





These Joining Instructions cover the following Instructor Courses taught at our centre

WHERE

Instructor courses meet at the Training Centre at Shamrock Quay Marina (unless specifically stated otherwise). Directions can be found here. Parking is free on site for our customers (as long as you have registered with the marina). 

TIMINGS 

COURSE START TIME DURATION FINISH MEALS & REFRESHMENTS ACCOMMODATION

RYA Powerboat Instructor

Skills Test

1330 4 hours 1730 Tea/coffee provided No

RYA Powerboat Instructor

Skills Test Training

& Assessment

0930 1 day 1730 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door No

RYA Powerboat Instructor

(PBI)

0930 3 days 1700 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door No
RYA PBI Revalidation or Re-moderation 0930 1 day 1700 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door No
RYA Advanced PBI 0930 2 days late on day 1, 1600 on day 2 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door. Bring money for 1 evening meal No
RYA Motor Cruising Instructor 0930 4 days 1730 daily with 1 late evening Tea, coffee, lunch & 1 evening meal included onboard No

RYA Sail Cruising Instructor

or Sail Instructor Preparation

0930 5 days 1600 on last day All meals included onboard, except 1 evening meal ashore (not included) 4 nights onboard

RYA Yachtmaster

Instructor Sail

2000 5 days 1600 on last day All meals included onboard, except 1 evening meal ashore (not included) 5 nights onboard

RYA Keelboat Instructor Endorsement or

Pre Entry Training

& Assessment

0930 2 days 1700 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door No

RYA Keelboat

Pre Entry

Assessment

1330 4 hours 1700 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door No

RYA Keelboat

Instructor (KBI)

0930 5 days 1800 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door No

RYA KBI

Revalidation or

Re-moderation

0930 1 day 1700 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door No

RYA Keelboat

Racing

Instructor or

Keelboat

Advanced

Instructor

0930 2 days 1700 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door No

RYA Keelboat

Senior

Instructor (KBSI)

0930 4 days 1800 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door No

RYA PWC

Instructor

0930 3 days 1700 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door No

RYA PWC

Instructor Endorsement

0930 1 day 1700 Tea/coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or use the cafe next door No

HSE First Aid

at Work Instructor

0930 4 hours 1330 Tea/coffee provided.  No

If you have any special dietary requirements such as food allergies, or are vegetarian or vegan, please advise us in advance. The sooner you let us know the better we will be able to cater for you. If you wait until the day before your course it will be too late (and you will go hungry).

ACCOMODATION

Accommodation is provided on board for Sail Cruising Instructor and Yachtmaster Instructor Sail courses. If you require accommodation for any other courses or before and after your course you will find a list of some local accommodation at Southampton Accommodation.

PRE REQUISITES

All Instructor courses have pre requisites, these are not optional they are requirements. If you are unsure what they are please check back against the relevant product page (the links in the list of courses at the top of this page). It is essential that you meet the pre requisites before joining your Instructor course. If you do not, then contact us immediately.

SAFETY

All powerboat, motorboat and sail cruising candidates are provided with 150N life jackets. If you would prefer to wear your own life jacket then you may do so. It must be of a minimum 150 Newtons, be well fitting and have been serviced as per the manufacturers recommendations. For courses involving a night exercise it must be fitted with a light and reflective material

All keelboat candidates are provided with a bouncy aid which must be worn at all times when afloat. If you would prefer to wear your own then it must be of a minimum of 50 Newtons, in good condition and well fitting.

All PWC candidates are provided with an impact vest and it should be worn whenever you are afloat. If you would prefer to wear your own impact vest than you may do so. It must be of a minimum 50 Newtons, be well fitting and provide good protection to your torso if you were to fall of a ski at high speed

WHAT TO BRING  

A life jacket, buoyancy aid or impact vest is provided for every practical course.

 

RYA Books

Foot- wear

Wetsuit & spray top (or hire for £5 /day)

Plenty of warm clothing

Foul weather gear (or hire for £5 /day)

Cap, hat, s/glasses, gloves, towel, change of clothes

Pen, pencils & notebook

Toiletries & sleeping bag

RYA Certs.

Whistle and sailing knife

Small water-proof notebook

Small torch

Personal Docs.

All levels of Powerboat Instructor

Buy RYA Power Schemes Instructor Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Powerboat Schemes - Syllabus & Logbook at the RYA Shop
 

Wellies or foot- wear that can get wet

 

X

X

X

X

 

RYA Powerboat Level 2 Cert. & First Aid Cert. (not req for skills test) For the Advanced PBI you additionally require your MCA COC 

Knife 

Req for Adv PBI

RYA Membership Number

Cruising & Yachtmaster Instructor (Sail & Motor)

Buy RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Instructor Handbook at the RYA ShopBuy RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop

Wellies 

 

X

X

X

for sail but not motor

MCA COC & First Aid Cert. & SRC (or higher) 

Knife 

X

X

RYA Membership Number

All level of Keelboat Instructor

Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Instructor Handbook at the RYA Shop

Foot-wear that can get wet

 

 

X

X

X

 

RYA Powerboat Level 2 Cert. & First Aid Cert. req for all but not Pre Entry. SI also req Safety Boat Cert.

Knife & whistle

Not req for Pre Entry

 

RYA Membership Number.

RYA PWC Instructor & Endorsement

Buy RYA Power Schemes Instructor Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Personal Watercraft Handbook at the RYA Shop

Wetsuit boots or similar

X

 

 

X

X

 

RYA PWC Proficiency & First Aid Cert.

Knife & whistle

 X

 

RYA Membership Number

HSE First Aid at Work Instructor

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

First Aid Cert

 

 

 

CV of teaching & assessing experience 

  RYA Books Foot-wear Wetsuit & spray top (or hire for £5 /day) Plenty of warm clothing Foul weather gear (or hire for £5 /day) Cap, hat,  s/glasses, gloves Pens, pencils & notebook Toiletries & sleeping bag RYA Certs. Whistle and sailing knife Small water-proof notebook Small torch

Personal Docs 

OUTCOMES & CERTIFICATION

There are three possible outcomes/results to an Instructor Course. They are;

  • PASS (You pass the course and your Trainer or Coach recommends to the RYA you become an Instructor)
  • ACTION PLAN (You pass some sections of your course and the Trainer sets an action plan for you to complete within a certain time period (often 6 month) before you then qualify. An action plan may include re assessment of certain skills)
  • FAIL (You will need to improve certain skill areas and then re take the course when you are ready)

At the end of your course your trainer or coach will give you a full debrief and inform you of his/her decision. Most RYA Instructor courses are moderated by a second Coach or Trainer who will also be involved with the course debrief.

Successful RYA Instructor candidates receive their certificate by post from the RYA within a few weeks of completing the course. Successful HSE Instructor candidates receive their certificate from us on the day of the course. HSE Instructor courses, certification is at the discretion of your trainer and the Principal. 

PHOTOGRAPHY

You may wish to take some photographs during your course to take home and share with friends and family. Please feel free to snap away (as long as other students are happy to have their photographs taken). We’d love to see your photos, so please do post any images captured whilst on a course with us onto our Facebook page. We run a monthly competition to find the best, or most entertaining, course photo. This can include something amusing you’ve seen whilst on the water: as long as the picture was taken while you were on a course with us, it’s valid for entry! Every month one of our students wins a £50 voucher to redeem against their next course, race or charter.

UNDER 18S

Parents or guardians of students aged under eighteen must fill in and sign a medical declaration / consent form for their child prior to the course starting. This is usually done in the morning. If you will not be there to drop off your child, please contact the office for a form in advance. Certificates for under sixteens will be endorsed “The holder should only use powered craft under the supervision of a responsible adult”. Some courses have a higher minimum age.

INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

Although we train Instructors for several different RYA schemes, there are many qualities common to all good Instructors. An Instructor’s role is to help, encourage and nurture students; it is to help them learn the skills and knowledge they need and, above all, to demonstrate a good example of seamanship and skippering from which students can learn.

At some point in our lives, we have all been taught by good and bad teachers. We should identify from these teachers the qualities that aided our learning and those which were negative. It goes without saying that an Instructor must be able to demonstrate all of the skills required to a higher standard than that required by the student and that an Instructor must also be able to adapt his/her teaching style to suit different students.

During your course you will be asked to teach various sessions, some practical and some theory. The usual format is to explain, demonstrate, sum up the key points and then let the student have a go, before de-briefing. De-briefing techniques will be covered on your course but the essential ingredients are to be positive, honest and to help the student become aware of how they can improve. Simply telling a student “well done, that was good,” will not help the student improve.

Instructor training courses are at the top end of coaching; your trainer will expect you to have certain skills before joining the course and will then coach you on your instructional technique. If you are a little rusty on certain areas then it is a good idea to work on them before your course.

The most common reason for a candidate not passing an Instructor course is lack of understanding or experience in the activity, rather than poor instructing. Preparation is therefore key.

Before your course, you will find it useful to consider the key points of each technique within the relevant syllabus. For example, if a student were picking up a mooring buoy under power, the key points could be: 

  • Boat preparation (lines and possibly a practice run)
  • Briefing the crew and communication during the exercise
  • Choosing the correct direction of approach
  • Controlling speed and stopping (considering wind, tide and way)
  • Picking up the actual mooring buoy & securing to it
  • Having an escape plan and being aware of hazards.

In the normal course of our boating we do all of these things without giving it too much thought, but students learning new skills need to be made aware of the key points or factors that will make their exercise successful. Over the next few pages you will find notes specific to each Instructor Course. 

RYA POWERBOAT INSTRUCTOR SKILLS TEST

Training

If you have opted for the training element of the course, as well as assessment, you will have a few hours to familiarise yourself with our boat and receive a few pointers from one of our experienced Instructors. Clearly this is not the time to be learning new skills, but it is a good opportunity for a final practice before assessment.

Assessment

The assessment consists of two parts, a boat handling test, and a short oral test on background knowledge. The quiz can be done in your own time anytime. The oral test can include anything from the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course and is likely to include IRPCS, basic chartwork, tides, weather, safety, hull types and engine/drive types

For the boat handling test, you will be asked to demonstrate various manoeuvres from the Powerboat Level 2 course. This may include holding off, turning in a confined space, picking up a mooring, anchoring, MOB, approaching & departing various berths in various states of wind and/or tide and high speed handling. 

As a guide, if you are coming alongside, we would like to see the driver put the boat alongside without bumping into the pontoon. We do not want to see hands being used to fend off, stop the boat or pull the bow or stern in. When departing from a pontoon, the same brief applies: no hands and no scraping the boat against the dock. Throughout the assessment, we expect to see good practice (e.g. the kill chord should be worn, one hand should be on the throttle and one on the wheel at all times). Candidates should demonstrate a good understanding of manoeuvring a small outboard powered, wheel steered craft and the correct use of neutral when in proximity to other craft and obstructions. When it comes to the Person Overboard Drill (using a dummy), we do not mind what method you use, as long as it works and is safe. 

The Assessor is not there to catch you out; he/she will not play any tricks on you, his/her role is purely to check that you have the basic driving skills required so that you can go on to learn how to impart these skills to others.

Pre-Course Preparation

  • Complete the online Powerboat Level 2 quiz to test your knowledge and establish where there might be weak areas.
  • Check your background knowledge includes everything within the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course syllabus contained in the RYA Powerboat Logbook (link below)
  • Practice the manoeuvres in the Level 2 syllabus

Useful Pre Course Reading

Buy RYA Powerboat Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Powerboat Schemes - Syllabus & Logbook at the RYA Shop 

RYA POWERBOAT INSTRUCTOR COURSE

Description and Assessment

Candidates must be familiar with the RYA scheme and the content of the Level 1 and 2 syllabuses (contained in Powerboat Logbook G20 below). You will be expected to demonstrate boat handling skills to a high standard and deliver short onshore talks. The Powerboat Instructor Handbook (G19) gives plenty of advice on teaching styles and techniques. This course is based on continual assessment and covers four areas:

  • Personal boat handling skills (you need to be able to demonstrate all of the Level 2 skills proficiently before you attend the course).
  • Personal background knowledge (your knowledge level needs to cover all of the subjects in the Level 2 syllabus before the course starts).
  • Instructing, coaching and de-briefing (we will teach you these skills on the course, although you will still need to have read G19 before you attend).
  • Safety. (You must drive and coach in a safe manor at all times, this includes appropriate use of the kill cord, driving at a safe speed, correct use of gears, maintaining a grip on the wheel and throttle when ever driving and keeping a good look out

 Successful candidates will become qualified to teach the RYA Powerboat Level 1, Level 2 and ICC Courses at RYA Training Centres. Holders of the RYA Safety Boat certificate will automatically become Safety Boat Instructors as well. 

Pre-Course Preparation

Read G19 thoroughly. Also, read through the Level 2 syllabus in G20. Prepare yourself for the four areas described above; work on those areas that are weakest or rusty.

Essential Pre Course Reading

Buy RYA Power Schemes Instructor Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Powerboat Schemes - Syllabus & Logbook at the RYA Shop 

Useful Pre Course Reading

Buy RYA Powerboat Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Start Powerboating at the RYA Shop

RYA PBI RE-MODERATION

The trainer will ask you to teach both a practical and onshore session from the Level 2 course and carry out any other skills identified in your action plan; please ensure you are familiar with all subjects on the syllabus. You may pre-prepare an onshore talk on any of the following subjects:

  • Buoyage
  • Chart work - Latitude, Longitude, Bearing and Distance
  • Hull Shapes and Engine Types
  • Weather
  • Tides
  • IRPCS
  • GPS

 This talk should be pitched at RYA Level 2 standard. Your audience will be the rest of your course candidates and the trainer. Talks should be kept to a maximum of ten minutes, but if the subject can be covered in less time, then keep it shorter. The group may ask you one or two questions at the end of your talk. Resources available include Whiteboard, Multi Media Plasma Screen and Power Point Presentation PC (accepts USB memory stick). This talk, however, does not have to take place in a formal classroom environment; it is up to you to choose how to deliver the talk.

You will also be tested on your general theory knowledge and boat handling skills. Successful candidates will be awarded the RYA Powerboat Instructor Award.

Essential Pre Course Reading

Buy RYA Power Schemes Instructor Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Powerboat Schemes - Syllabus & Logbook at the RYA Shop 

Useful Pre Course Reading

Buy RYA Powerboat Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Start Powerboating at the RYA Shop 

RYA ADVANCED POWERBOAT INSTRUCTOR COURSE

Description and Assessment

Candidates will clearly have an extensive background of powerboating by day and night and will be asked to teach the rest of the group various parts of the Intermediate and Advanced syllabus. Please ensure you are familiar with and can demonstrate all of the skills and techniques. You may be given topics at short notice, so ensure that you are familiar with all topics listed in the logbook G20 and are prepared to deliver any of them. Your boat handling must be of a very high standard, your theory knowledge must be above Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased level and you will need to demonstrate good practical night pilotage and skippering skills. There is one night exercise on the course (first evening). Assessment is continual. On successful completion of the course you will be qualified to teach the Powerboat Tender Operator Course, Intermediate and Advanced Powerboat Courses at RYA Training Centres.

 Pre-Course Preparation

Prior to the course, you will need to prepare the following documents (typed and ready to hand in on the first morning): 

  • Course plan for a 2-day Intermediate Course
  • Course plan for a 2-day Advanced Course (including night exercise on first evening)
  • A hand out for advanced students on Sector Searches 

You will also need to practice any advanced skills that are rusty. 

Pre Course Reading

Buy RYA Power Schemes Instructor Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Powerboat Schemes - Syllabus & Logbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Advanced Powerboat Handbook at the RYA Shop

RYA MOTOR CRUISING INSTRUCTOR

Description and Assessment

Over the four days, we will show you how to go about teaching RYA courses and you will be expected to demonstrate a good example as a Skipper. While we are not testing your Yachtmaster Offshore skills, you are still expected to perform as an experienced Yachtmaster. Your trainer will ask you to teach several parts of the Helmsman’s and Day Skipper practical courses and will discuss with you different teaching styles and techniques. Lunch is provided each day, as are tea, coffee and snacks onboard. Accommodation is not provided. Assessment is continual. On successful completion of the course you will become qualified to teach RYA Start Motor Cruising, RYA Helmsman's and RYA Day Skipper Motor Courses at RYA Training Centres.

Pre-Course Preparation

Prior to this course, it is essential that you have familiarised yourself with the contents of Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and logbook (G158) and Yachtmaster Scheme Instructor Handbook (G27) below, as well as revised any part of the Yachtmaster scheme that may have become rusty. Please prepare in advance a typed safety brief generic to all motor yachts. This sheet will act as a hand out that you can give to Day Skipper Students. You will also need to prepare a similar typed sheet of engine checks. Both of these hand outs will be collected in on the first day of the course.

Essential Pre Course Reading

Buy RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Instructor Handbook at the RYA ShopBuy RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop

Useful Pre Course Reading

Buy RYA Day Skipper Handbook Motor at the RYA Shop

RYA SAIL CRUISING INSTRUCTOR

Description

This is a live aboard course, it is run by a trainer and the final day is moderated by a second RYA Trainer. During your course we will look at teaching skills, de-briefing, theory subjects and the RYA scheme. We will discuss how to best deliver the Level 1, Level 2, Start Yachting, Competent Crew and Day Skipper Practical Courses. Candidates will be expected to perform at the level of an experienced Yachtmaster Skipper and should be able to demonstrate every part of the Day Skipper syllabus proficiently and confidently.

 Pre-Course Preparation

Prior to this course, it is essential that you have familiarised yourself with the contents of Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and logbook (G158) and Yachtmaster Scheme Instructor Handbook (G27) below, as well as revised any part of the Yachtmaster scheme that may have become rusty.

Essential Pre Course Reading

Buy RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Instructor Handbook at the RYA ShopBuy RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop 

RYA YACHTMASTER INSTRUCTOR SAIL                                                           

Description

Berthing fees away from the home port are divided equally among the crew. However berthing at MDL marinas is free. Your belongings should be packed in a soft bags or hold-all, as there is no room for suitcases or rucksacks onboard. Stormforce Coaching cannot be held responsible for any personal items that may be lost, stolen or damaged whilst onboard. All meals onboard, snacks and drinks are provided. If you have any special dietary requirements, such as food allergies, or are vegetarian or vegan, please inform us in advance.

 During your course, we will look at teaching skills, de-briefing, theory subjects and the RYA scheme. A Yachtmaster Trainer will run the course and a second Trainer will moderate the final day.

Pre-Course Preparation

Prior to this course, it is essential that you have familiarised yourself with the contents of Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and logbook (G158) and Yachtmaster Scheme Instructor Handbook (G27) below, as well as revised any part of the Yachtmaster scheme that may have become rusty.

Essential Pre Course Reading

Buy RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Instructor Handbook at the RYA ShopBuy RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop

RYA KEELBOAT INSTRUCTOR ENDORSEMENT

Pre-Requisites

• RYA Dinghy or Multi-hull Instructor
• Keelboat experience and ability to Pre-Entry Standard
RYA Powerboat Level 2
RYA First Aid or equivalent
RYA Membership

Essential Pre-Course Reading

Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Instructor Handbook Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop

Other Useful Reading

Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Instructor Handbook Handbook at the RYA Shop

Description and Assessment

Candidates must already be RYA Dinghy Instructors or RYA Multihull Instructors, with experience of keelboats. Over the two-day course, you will discuss how to adapt your existing techniques to these larger boats and how to run Keelboat courses. You will be sailing our SB20 (formerly know as SB3) keelboats. The Coach will want to see that you can perform to pre-entry standard as well as coach various sessions.

Pre-Course Preparation

Look through the RYA Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Seamanship and Day Sailing syllabi and prepare some ideas on how you would teach keelboating differently from dinghy sailing. Please also ensure your sailing and supporting knowledge is at pre-entry standard.

RYA KEELBOAT INSTRUCTOR PRE ENTRY

Pre-Requisites

• Minimum Age 15
• Experienced & competent Keelboat Sailor
RYA Membership

Pre-Course Reading

Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Instructor Handbook Handbook at the RYA Shop

Other Useful Reading

Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Instructor Handbook Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Dinghy Sailing - Advanced Handbook

Description and Assessment

Over the two days, you will get to practice various seamanship skills onboard our keelboats. Assessment is included in the course. Skills will include:

  • Picking up a mooring (wind with and wind against tide)
  • Coming alongside a pontoon or RIB
  • Reefing afloat
  • Rudderless Sailing
  • MOB
  • Anchoring
  • Sailing Efficiently

Clearly there is not time to teach all of this from scratch; you should be reasonably competent before the course starts. The craft used may include SB20 andnJ/80.

Pre-Course Preparation

  • Ensure you are familiar with the content of the Advanced Sailing Handbook G12

RYA KEELBOAT INSTRUCTOR

Pre-Requisites

• Minimum age 16
RYA Keelboat Pre Entry (passed within the previous year)
RYA First Aid or equivalent
RYA Membership

Essential Pre-Course Reading

Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Instructor Handbook Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop

Other Useful Reading

RYA Start Sailing - Beginners Handbook Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Instructor Handbook Handbook at the RYA Shop

Description and Assessment

Candidates must be familiar with the RYA scheme and the contents of the Level 1 and 2 syllabuses (contained in G4). You will be expected to demonstrate sailing skills to a high standard and to deliver short onshore talks. G14 gives plenty of advice on teaching styles and techniques. This course is based on continual assessment and is moderated on the last day by a second Coach Assessor.

While we will be checking that your sailing skills are still at pre-entry standard and your background supporting knowledge is relevant, we will primarily assess you on your Instructing, coaching and de-briefing (we will teach you these skills on the course, although you will need to have read G14 before you attend the course).

Successful candidates will become qualified to teach the RYA Level 1, 2, Seamanship and Days Sailing Courses at RYA Training Centres.

Pre-Course Preparation

 

  • Read G3 and G12 and practice the various skills described within
  • Read G14 thoroughly.

 

RYA INSTRUCTOR COASTAL ENDORSEMENT OR KBI REVALIDATION

Pre-Requisites

• Minimum age 16
RYA Keelboat Pre Entry (passed within the previous year)
RYA First Aid or equivalent
RYA Membership

Essential Pre-Course Reading

Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Instructor Handbook Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop

Description and Assessment

The Coach will ask you to teach both a practical and onshore session from the Level 2, Level 3, Seamanship or Day Sailing course, so please ensure you are familiar with all subjects on the syllabus. You may pre-prepare an onshore talk on any of the following subjects:

  • Meteorology in Coastal Waters (Level 2)
  • IRPCS (Seamanship)
  • Use of Tide Tables (Seamanship)
  • Rise, fall and the Rule of Twelfths (Seamanship)
  • Interpretation of charts (Day sailing)
  • Use of GPS (Day sailing)

This talk should be pitched at the relevant standard. Your audience will be the rest of your course candidates and the Coach. Talks should be kept to a maximum of ten minutes, but if the subject can be covered in less time, then keep it shorter. The group may ask you one or two questions at the end of your talk. Resources available include OHP, Whiteboard, Multi Media Plasma Screen and PowerPoint Presentation PC (accepts CD ROM). This talk, however, does not have to take place in a formal classroom environment; it is up to you to choose how to deliver the talk. You will also be tested on your general theory knowledge and sailing.

Pre-Course Preparation

As for Keelboat Instructor Course (above)

Prepare one of the above talks

RYA KEEELBOAT RACING INSTRUCTOR COURSE

Pre-Course Reading

Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Instructor Handbook Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop

Other Useful Reading

Buy RYA Dinghy Sailing - Advanced Handbook

Description and Assessment

Candidates must be familiar with the RYA Start Racing Course syllabus and have a wide experience of Club Racing. Your day with us will be a mix of sessions ashore and afloat. You will have the opportunity to participate in and run sessions from the Start Racing course afloat. The Coach will also expect you to deliver a short shorebased session (maximum 10 minutes) on one of the subjects listed below; you will need to prepare this in advance. Your session will be delivered to a small group (3-6 sailors), so try to make it interactive and practical. The session should be aimed at competent adult sailors who are new to club racing.

  • Start line bias
  • Racing rules
  • The start sequence
  • Clubs and classes
  • Upwind tactics

Pre-Course Preparation

  • Prepare at least one of the short shorebased talks listed above

RYA PWC INSTRUCTOR

Useful Reading

Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Instructor Handbook Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop

Description and Assessment

Students should be familiar with the RYA scheme and the contents of the PWC Proficiency Course syllabus. You will be expected to demonstrate ski-handling skills to a high standard and deliver a ten-minute onshore talk. Topics will be allocated on the first day of the course. Your short talk should be pitched at beginners, although we will be testing to ensure your knowledge level is higher. Some examples of these shorebased talks are given below:

Pre-Course Preperation

Prior to this course, it is essential that you have familiarised yourself with the syllabus of the Proficiency Course. You will also need to complete the PWC Instructor Quiz on our website, please complete this prior to your course beginning.

  • • Pre-Launch Checks
  • • Buoyage
  • • Passage Planning
  • • Types of PWC and how they work
  • • Layout and Controls
  • • Capsize Recovery
  • • Rules of the road
  • • Tides and Tidal Streams
  • • Courtesy to other water users
  • • Sources of weather information

This course is based on continual assessment. On day 1 we will be teaching you how to teach; by Day 3 we will be assessing your teaching. Successful candidates will become qualified to teach the RYA PWC Proficiency Course at RYA Training Centres.


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