RYA Cruising Instructor (Sail)

The five day RYA Cruising Instructors course and assessment is aimed at qualified RYA Yachtmasters who wish to teach the RYA Competent Crew and RYA Day Skipper practical courses. Based on our extensive experience, the RYA Cruising Instructor course includes instructional techniques, safety, familiarisation with the relevant syllabuses and how to effectively construct the practical Competent Crew and Day Skipper courses. It is assumed that your personal skills are at a reasonable standard although some time is also set aside for developing your personal skills.

The Cruising Instructor qualification is taught and assessed by a BOSS Cruising Instructor trainer and a 2nd  RYA trainer will also be on board on the final day of the course to assess your suitability. Our RYA CI Trainers are very experienced yachtsmen who can also draw on years of professional teaching experience to deliver a rewarding and challenging syllabus.

Applicants for the Cruising Instructor course must hold a RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competency with commercial enendorsement.

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 and 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. Candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with a current RYA G158 - the Cruising Logbook.

When you enrol onto the Cruising Instructor course you will be set up with an RYA Interactive profile. As part of this process some of your personal information will be passed to the RYA . Details of what personal data and how it may be used by the RYA can be found by following this link to the RYA Interactive online course booking information page.

"As well as learning all about how to teach the RYA Competent Crew and Day Skipper courses my own skills came on loads during the week. Our Instructor Ghuru Pete was superb and explained everything brilliantly." Tim  - Worthing, West Sussex

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RYA Cruising Instructor - Course Structure

The RYA Cruising Instructor course covers; Instructional techniques, the syllabus and how to construct an effective course, safety, and personal skills both practical and in handling customers. We also look at how to guarantee being offered more work by schools.

The RYA Cruising Instructor qualification is valid for 5 years. After 5 years, cruising instructors must have passed the Yachtmaster Instructor’s Qualification, or re-take the Cruising Instructor course. This qualification is the minimum requirement for anyone wishing to teach yachting, and qualified RYA Cruising Instructors can teach up to and including the RYA Day Skipper practical course. Minimum standard for entry to course is Yachtmaster Offshore. However, Cruising Instructor candidates must also have a commercial endorsement before they can teach in a commercial environment.

It is recommended that Cruising Instructor candidates have passed the medical requirements for a commercial endorsement before attending this course. The maximum age for cruising instructors is 64 years.

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, including: Knots, sail-handling, man overboard, mooring, pilotage by day and night, IRPCS, basic meteorology, navigation and skippering.

Candidates who reach the required standard may be given the opportunity to gain real teaching experience by running a weekend course at BOSS. This teaching will be preceded by a briefing and followed by an extensive debriefing with suggestions for improvement.

Cruising Instructor Pre-course preparation

Be familiar with the current RYA Cruising Logbook, G158. Weather at Sea by David Houghton, and the International Regulations for the prevention of Collisions at Sea. The cost of the course includes training and assessment.

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