Course description

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.

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.

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. It is difficult to quantify in writing exactly what this means but without extensive practical experience of the subject, candidates are unlikely to be successful on an instructor course.

Minimum age


Required certificates

  • First aid certificate
  • RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence, commercially endorsed
  • Online pre-course knowledge check


Experienced skipper with theoretical and practical knolwedge well in excess of the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence.

Pre-entry assessment

Candidates are required to pass an online pre-course module prior to being eligibile to attend the course.

Training course

Five day (sail) course with a second Trainer joining on the final day as course moderator.

Qualified to teach

Can instruct RYA practical courses up to the level of Day Skipper


Five years, after which candidates will need to attend an RYA Cruising Instructor two day (sail) or one day (motor) revalidation.

RYA membership



1200 euro. includes all tuition, accommodation on a school yacht, fuel, mooring fees-

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