Sailing instructor teaching 2 children in a dinghy at Mylor Sailing School Falmouth Cornwall

RYA Sailing Instructor Pre-Assessment

What do I have to do to be a RYA Dinghy Sailing Instructor? –

Sailing RYA Pre-Assessment completed within 1 year of Sailing Instructor Course.


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Please note the Pre-Assessment is carried out by an external RYA Assessor.  You MUST have this signed off before taking the 5 day RYA Dinghy Instructor Training Course.


2024 pre-assessment dates –  Monday 27th May (half term) evening session 5.30pm – 8pm and also another date closer to the DI course TBA, can be done on demand

Next 5 day Dinghy Instructor Course dates Tues 2nd – Sat 6th July 2024 – see more info here – Dinghy Instructor Course info)

See RYA First Aid Course dates here – RYA First Aid Course

Other dates also available to book, please get in touch to discuss.

Further dates available for the pre-assessment and these can be organised on demand please get in touch

You must be at least 16 years old.

Hold a current First Aid Certificate

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

Basic spinnaker sailing

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

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 approximately £15.

To take the online course please 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.



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