Sailing Instructor Course pre-requisites – What do I have to do to be a RYA Dinghy Sailing Instructor? –

Pass a Dinghy Sailing Instructor Pre-entry Sailing Assessment completed within 1 year of Sailing Instructor Course.

Be at least 16 years old.

Hold a current First Aid Certificate – CLICK HERE to check our First Aid Course Dates

Hold a RYA Powerboat Level 2 Certificate – This course can be arranged on demand for you

Complete the RYA Safe and Fun Safeguarding Children online interactive course (see below for more information)

Complete a 5 day RYA Dinghy Sailing Instructor training course with moderation


These RYA publications are available to buy online here –

G14  – RYA Dinghy Coaching Handbook & Logbook

G4   – RYA National Sailing Scheme Syllabus and Logbook (Adults)

G11  – RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Logbook

They are also available to purchase at Mylor Sailing School (near Falmouth)

Sailing Instructor Pre-Assessment  –

To be eligible for the 5 day RYA Dinghy Sailing Instructor Course you will need to take  a short practical assessment by a RYA trainer.  This can be arranged at a RYA Sailing School.   You need to be able to sail a double handed dinghy confidently to the standard detailed below and have the appropriate background knowledge.

The candidate should be able to complete the following tasks competently and confidently, sailing at all times with an awareness of the 5 essentials (Course Made Good, Trim, Balance, Sail Setting, Centre-board).

All candidates for Dinghy Sailing Instructor must pass this practical sailing test prior to attending the Dinghy Sailing Instructor training course.  An optimum wind strength of 11 knots is required to undertake the assessment.  This is done over half a day and can be arranged on demand at Mylor Sailing School, near Falmouth.

In the Pre-Assessment session for the sailing instructor you will always be asked to perform the following:

Sail around a triangular course

  • Each leg of the course will be a minimum of 100 metres
  • Use the 5 essentials
  • Close mark rounding
  • Use all the boats equipment to best advantage including spinnaker if carried

Sail a tight circular course

  • Circles less than three boat length’s radius around a stationary boat
  • Make only one tack and one gybe
  • Sail trim and boat balance/trim suited to the manoeuvre.

The circle should be as small as you can safely make it, but the assessor will accept that, in doing this, you might have to leave the centreboard in one position.

Sail a follow-my-leader course

The course may include all points of sailing and may be behind another sailing dinghy or a powerboat.  The assessor will be looking for a small constantly maintained distance between you and the boat ahead on all points of sailing. A boat length or less is usual.

Pick up a Man Overboard Dummy

  • Boat must be stopped dead in the water when you pick up the dummy
  • Pick up at the windward shroud
  • Do not tack while you pull it aboard
  • More than one attempt should not be needed

You may be asked to complete some of the following:

Sail without a rudder or with the tiller on a loose elastic (tethered rudder).

This exercise highlights your appreciation of the 5 essentials and demonstrates whether you understand the effects of variations in sail trim and boat balance/trim.

The assessor may ask you to sail around a triangular course with the tiller loosely secured using an elastic loop, or with the rudder raised or removed. You will be expected to make good progress around the course in a seamanlike manner.

The assessor will expect you to make any modifications to sail area, sheeting arrangements and centreboard position before you start, so that the whole exercise proceeds smoothly. You will not be penalised for reefing, if conditions are such that it would be seamanlike to do so.

In the unlikely event of there being several boats sailing rudderless in any area, the Assessor would expect you to maintain good awareness of the other boats and take avoiding action early if necessary.

Lee shore landing and departure

Anchor or pick up a mooring

Come alongside a moored boat

Recover a capsized dinghy and sail away

RYA Dinghy Sailing Instructor Course Pre-Assessment Costs –

Group price £85, 1:1 price £110.00 – this needs to be pre-arranged as soon as possible prior to your RYA Dinghy Sailing Instructor course.


Once you have passed this you would get your G14 stamped by the RYA trainer which is then valid for 1 year.

You can then book yourself onto the RYA Dinghy Instructor 5 day training course.

If you require any further information then please don’t hesitate to ask.

RYA Safe and Fun Safeguarding Children course

This course is a prerequisite for the RYA Dinghy Sailing Instructor Course and is for those situations when you are working with children and vulnerable adults in an RYA environment.  The course gives a basic introduction to this topic and creates an awareness with scenarios that you may encounter at your centre or sailing club.

This is an online interactive course and costs £12.

Click Here for the RYA link and information.

Click Here to take the course at a recommended interactive centre.

This must be completed prior to attending the Dinghy Sailing Instructor training course.  There will be further training of this topic on the training course.


Dinghy Instructor Course Dates & Costs –

Monday 2nd – Friday 6th July 2018

£380 (incl. final assessment)

For more information click through here: Dinghy Instructor Course info