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RYA Dinghy Instructor (16+ years)

Achieving the level of RYA Dinghy Instructors (DI) takes commitment and hard work. This qualification allows successful candidates to work at any RYA Training Centre under the supervision of a Senior Instructor.

Before enrolling on a DI course, candidates will need to firstly perform a pre-assessment day with a RYA Coach Assessor.

Candidates should be experienced sailors with the ability to handle strong winds safely. To fully complete the certificate, candidates should be a member of the RYA, already hold the Powerboat L2 licence along with other qualifications that I list below in the prerequisites.

Once complete, DI’s can teach up the Adult Level 3 and Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 4 courses.

Terms and conditions



Pre-assessment day

Cost: £110

We are hoping to run the following course once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. RYA Pre entry assessment during early Summer 2021

This day is aimed at showing the coach assessor that you have the required sailing ability to become an RYA DI. You should be confidently able to sail to a high standard on all the skills on the Seamanship Skills course, including sailing in adverse circumstances.

On successful completion of this assessment day your logbook will be signed off and you will need to progress onto an RYA Dinghy Instructors course within 12 months.

Logbooks (G14) can be purchased from the RYA.


RYA Dinghy Instructor course

Cost: £365

Price per person, minimum 4, maximum 6

We are hoping to run the following course once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. RYA 5 day Dinghy Instructor course during early Summer 2021

The 5 day course covers material that develops knowledge and skills to a stage where that information can be successfully passed on.

Content includes: teaching techniques (ashore and afloat), the structure of the National Sailing Scheme (NSS) and Youth Sailing Scheme (YSS), and techniques for teaching adults, children, and those with special needs. Preparation and presentation of lessons along with the use of visual aids is also covered.

Candidates will then be able to assess students’ abilities and dynamically plan lessons according to ability, conditions and desired learning outcomes.

Confirmation is required regarding the use of powered craft in a teaching environment, making sure it is safe and effective.

During the course candidates will be told how to give a presentation, then expected to deliver one on a topic chosen by the coach. This could be on any topic covered in the NSS or YSS.

The course is moderated by another RYA Coach Assessor. During the moderation candidates will teach a group of students, and be assessed on the safe and effective running of the session. Candidates may also be required to deliver a short presentation. More details of the moderation can be found in the RYA Instructor Handbook (G14).


What to bring

  • G14 (purchase in advance from RYA)
  • Weather appropriate clothing (no jeans), include waterproof jacket
  • Wetsuit or drysuit
  • Old trainers needed for on the water (something secure, not Crocs, flip flops or wellies)
  • Sun protection, a hat, water bottle, food
  • Complete change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Food

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Where to go

Wimbledon Park Watersports Centre
Home Park Road
SW19 7HX

We recommend using public transport to get here.


Sat nav post code SW18 5NW takes you to McCluskey's newsagents, on the corner of Revelstoke Road and Elsenham Street, just outside the park.

There is a small pay-and-display car park by Revelstoke Road, but it is often full.

Free car parking is also available at the Wimbledon Park Road entrance (sat nav SW19 6PE). It is a slightly longer walk across the grass to the Watersports Centre.

For more details email

During the Wimbledon Tennis Championships there is no vehicle access to Wimbledon Park for dropping off and collecting. These parking restrictions may be enforced before the start and after the end date of the championships. Please check the All England Lawn Tennis website for specific traffic restrictions.