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A RYA Assistant Instructor (AI) assists qualified instructors in teaching beginner students up to intermediates, both water and land based.

This course is run over four days, usually during the Easter holidays.

This is a centre-specific certificate and valid for 5 years.

All days and times are mandatory.

Price per person, minimum 6, maximum 24

By doing this course you are qualified to teach up to Sailing Scheme Level 2 or Youth Sailing Scheme stage 3 (under the supervision of a Senior Instructor).

Course content

  • Expectations/roles of an instructor
  • Procedures/risk assessments 
  • Practical session on both land and on water
  • Theory sessions
  • Practical teaching
  • Lectures


  • Age: 16+
  • First aid certificate (must be recognised by the RYA click here
  • DBS (Discloser Barring Service)
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA Adult Level 2 – RYA  log book needed

What to bring

  • Photocopies of above certificates
  • Wet and dry sessions everyday (if you have a wetsuit bring it)
  • Plenty of changes of appropriate clothes
  • Packed lunch
  • Pad and pen
  • Presentation equipment

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.