The back of a sailing instructor teaching 1 person in a Pico dinghy from a RIB at Mylor Sailing School Falmouth Cornwall

RYA Senior Instructor Course

Want to take your instructing to the next level?  Become a Senior Instructor in 4 days.

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Senior Instructor Course dates – spaces available


Mylor Sailing School next RYA Senior Instructor course is March 2025, dates TBA

RYA Senior Instructor Course overview:

The Senior Instructor qualification is a 4 day course that marks the transition from managing your own boat to that of being a ‘fleet manager’.  The Senior Instructor course concentrates primarily on on-the-water issues and is practically orientated.  Mylor Sailing School is the perfect venue, due to its superb location in the Carrick Roads and wide variety of courses and equipment. The course includes supervising instructors under your control, practical teaching afloat, fleet management, running shore-based sessions, customer liaison and group discussions under the guidance of one of our very experienced dinghy coaching assessors.  continuous assessment (in a relaxed atmosphere) is based on your ability to plan, organise, and run practical sessions, construct course programmes, manage instructors under your supervision and give your input to shore-based sessions.

RYA Senior Instructor Eligibility and Pre-requisites:

Minimum age 18

You must fully meet the RYA’s pre-course criteria (see handbook G14 available from the RYA website – RYA Instructor Handbook link)

Include a written recommendation from the principal of an RYA teaching centre (see your G14)

Have evidence of two seasons intermittent sailing instruction or one year full-time

Hold a current first aid award click here for the details on what your first aid certificate should include

Hold the RYA Safety Boat qualification (this 2 day course can be arranged, please contact us for more information)

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

Sailing ability to at least the standard of RYA Instructor (an assessment may be necessary if sailing ability cannot be adequately demonstrated during the training course).

A RYA Senior Instructor Pre-course Workbook MUST be completed prior to the course, download from the RYA website here: RYA Workbook


RYA Safe and Fun Safeguarding Children course

This course is a pre-requisite for the RYA Senior/Dinghy 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 £15.

Click Here to take the course at a recommended interactive centre

Click Here for the RYA link and more information on the course

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

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Tracey by emailing or calling 01326 377633


Group SizePrice
Up to 12 People£355.00 per person


Such a great course and I learned so much. Really great trainers and kit. You have a fantastic spot there at Mylor! Would definitely recommend.

Frequently asked questions

Are there any other pre-requisites?

Yes there are quite a few and these are all listed on the web page above. Please get in touch if you are unsure of any of these items.

What do I need to bring?

At this stage in your sailing career, you are expected to have all of your own clothing and basic safety equipment. If you forget something then we can of course provide this. Please ensure you have the correct minimum requirements in your buoyancy aid pocket that an instructor should always carry. Knife (in good working order), spare cord, whistle, spare shackle, electrical tape. Plus anything else that you think is useful to you.

Can I just pay a deposit to secure my booking?

At the checkout you have the option to either pay in full or click on 'Klana' which is a free payment instalment platform where you can spread the payments.

How old do I need to be to take this course?

You must be 18 years old.

Is access ok as I have a phyiscal extra need?

The access is pretty good. You can see the Accessible Guide to the yacht harbour at the footer of the main website. Please get in touch if you have any further specific questions.

Is there any accommodation near by?

Yes there are a couple of good B and Bs and also camping, there is a link on the footer of the website to all accommodation recommendations.

Can I get to you by public transport?

It is a little tricky to get all the way to us by public transport, but the full details are on the 'About' link on the main menu of the website. If you scroll down a little then there are many options there. What we normally do if you don't have your own transport is check who else is living/staying any where near you so that you can possibly share a lift together. Please get in touch if you need any further information.

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