RYA Cruising Instructor

RYA Cruising Instructor Power

The RYA 4 day Cruising Instructor course is designed to develop the skills necessary for a Yachtmaster Offshore Power to become an RYA Cruising Instructor Power.

A Cruising Instructor is a very competent boat handler with a very good level of theory knowledge and a pleasant manner.

In 2018 we have combined with other local Training Centres to offer the best availability of dates, with each Training Centre running one, please contact us and we will arrange a place.

In addition to our date above, there is also the following dates:

  • 7th-10th February 2018
  • 5th – 8th November 2018

Others Training Centres prices may vary.

For entry to the course you must of course be a Yachtmaster Offshore (Power) with an in date Commercial Endorsement. To become an Instructor you will need to demonstrate a level above what you showed on your RYA Yachtmaster Exam, together with some style and panache on the teaching side. You need to understand not only how the boat moves, but how to put this across to a student. The most important part of any teaching is to give the students the ‘key’ part – ‘How to improve’ this takes good observation and excellent feedback. You should be fully familiar with the syllabus of the Helmsman course and Day Skipper Course and have a good level of theory knowledge above the level at which you need to teach. The course needs a minimum of two persons to run as stipulated by the RYA.

Eligibility RYA Yachtmaster® Offshore Certificate of Competence commercially endorsed and current.
Assumed knowledge Boat handling to the standard of Yachtmaster® Offshore and navigation to the standard of the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster® shore based course. 
Minimum duration 4 days
Minimum age 18 – 64 years
Course content Day 1 – Teaching styles, Boat Handling Assessment, Theory knowledge assessment and undertaking demos.

Day 2 & 3 – Practice teaching with other course students. Discussion of course structure, the key points in each level, and the RYA Motor Cruising Scheme and courses.

Day 4 Moderation. 

  Ability after the course Able to Instruct RYA Helmsman and Day Skipper practical courses.

Validity

The qualification is valid for five years. After 5 years the RYA Cruising Instructor Power must either be re-tested, centrally by the RYA or preferably take a Yachtmaster Instructor Qualifying Course with the RYA.

Assessment

The course is moderated on the last day and the course is about teaching you how to teach and debrief other students. The trainer will show you the soft skills required. Those who have experience of instructing in other disciplines will find that some of that experience is relevant, however a good Motor Cruising instructor is, without exception, a good skipper first and foremost.

During your course you will learn how to teach and you will practice instructing. You will need a good understanding of your subject and be confident that you are able to demonstrate all the boat handling skills in the RYA Day Skipper Course.

Syllabus

Instructional Technique Can:

  • Set up tasks and teaching sessions appropriate to individual students.
  • Brief clearly to all the crew or individuals.
  • Ensure tasks are undertaken correctly and safely.
  • Debrief and provide plan for improvement.
  • Give convincing practical demonstrations of any part of the Helmsman course and Day Skipper Practical course, including the following: Knots, man overboard; mooring; pilotage by day and night; IRPCS; basic meteorology; navigation to Day Skipper Practical standard; skippering ability including comprehensive knowledge of the vessel and its equipment.
  • Explain clearly any part of the Helmsman and Day Skipper Shore based courses.

Knowledge of:

  • RYA Helmsman and Day Skipper Shorebased and Practical courses.

Understands:

  • RYA Scheme
  • Levels of competence required for award of certificates
  • Duty of care
  • Environmental protection issues
  • Policies and procedures specific to the centre
  • Centre’s safety policy
  • Accident reporting procedure
  • Care of vessel

Personal Skills:

  • How to gain feedback and deal with difficult customers and complaints
  • The need for high personal standards

Safety:

  • Has a personal standard and style of skippering which engenders confidence in beginners.
  • Can give a comprehensive safety briefing using the centre’s instructions.
  • Has the ability to welcome strangers on board and run a relaxed, happy ship.
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