The RYA Cruising Instructor Course is for experienced RYA Yachtmaster Offshore skippers to be able to gain the skills required to instruct practical courses up to the level of RYA Day Skipper.
An effective instructor must have credibility with students and a genuine interest and engagement with the subject is essential for this. Questions from students will often stray outside the core syllabus or be concerned with seeking advice about equipment or situations. Without enthusiasm and a depth of knowledge far above the RYA syllabus, this credibility could easily be lost.
The first step in teaching within the practical cruising scheme is to become qualified as an RYA Cruising Instructor, before moving up to the Yachtmaster Instructor qualification.
All candidates will be assessed or instructed in the following areas:
Sailing ability (assessed)
Motoring ability (assessed)
Do theory (knows it and can teach it) (assessed)
Observational skills (Taught and then assessed)
Teaching ability (Taught and then assessed)
Debriefing skills (Taught and then assessed)
A suitable role model for the RYA (Taught and then assessed)
Due to the short time available on the instructor course, there is limited opportunity to fill any gaps in knowledge. The course is a blend of assessing the candidate's knowledge, providing a structured framework to instruct, coach, observe and deliver constructive feedback, and ensure the structure and standards required of RYA courses are understood. Candidates must therefore ensure they have sufficient underpinning knowledge prior to attending.
RYA/MCA commercially endorsed Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence.