Cruisung Instructor

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Cruising Instructor

A Cruising Instructor is able to teach up to the level of the RYA Day Skipper practical course through an RYA recognised training centre. This Course covers how to teach and debrief sailing students and how to plan and deliver consistently excellent courses. You will have the opportunity to practice teaching various parts of the Competent Crew and Day Skipper sail courses with regular feedback from the trainer. Day 5 of the course is moderated by a second trainer.

The successful Cruising Instructor candidate will be expected to give convincing demonstrations of any part of the RYA Competent Crew and RYA Day Skipper syllabus. This includes: knots, sail-handling, man overboard, mooring, pilotage by day and night, IRPCS, basic meteorology, navigation and skippering. 

Cruising Instructor candidates who reach the required standard will be awarded the RYA Cruising Instructor endorsement which is valid for 5 years. After this time, cruising instructors must either re-take the Cruising Instructor course or pass the Yachtmaster Instructor’s Assessment.

Course pre-requisites:

  • Minimum age 18, Maximum age 64
  • Minimum mileage 3500
  • Commercially endorsed Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail) Certificate of Competence
  • In date First Aid Certificate
  • In date Medical Fitness Examination (ML5, ENG1 or Seafarers Medical issued by a National Maritime Authority)
  • Professional Practices & Responsibilities Certificate
  • RYA Membership

The cost of the 5 day Cruising Instructor Course and assessment is £520 to include all on board food, mooring fees and fuel.