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Home / Events / RYA Dinghy Pre Entry Assesment Saturday 24th August and Instructor Course (Monday 26th August to Friday 30th August)
Home / Events / RYA Dinghy Pre Entry Assesment Saturday 24th August and Instructor Course (Monday 26th August to Friday 30th August)

RYA Dinghy Pre Entry Assesment Saturday 24th August and Instructor Course (Monday 26th August to Friday 30th August)

24th - 30 August, 09:10 - 18:30
Course Information
This years RYA Dinghy Pre Entry Assesment is being held on Saturday 24th August and the Instructor Course on Monday 26th August to Friday 30th August from 9:10 to 18:30 each day.
Alan Jones will be the RYA Trainer for the week.
Alan has offered to provide a second day for the pre-entry assesment on Sunday 25th for anyone that needs extra time / assistance to reach the required level.

It's is possible to camp at the club for the week.
Minimum age
Required certificates
First aid certificate
RYA Powerboat Level 2
RYA Safe and Fun certificate and pre-course work
Experienced sailor in strong winds
Pre-entry assessment To be completed within one year prior to the instructor course. Read more...

Candidates should be able to complete tasks such as those listed below, sailing at all times with an awareness of the 'five essentials', and confirming they can sail in a controlled and confident manner, showing consideration for preparation, communication, approach and execution, at all times.

During the assessment the candidate will be asked to complete the following:

  • Sail around a triangular course of 100m (minimum) legs to the best of their ability using all the boat's normal equipment, including spinnaker if carried.
  • Sail a tight circular course around a stationary boat, making only one tack and one gybe.
  • Sail a 'follow my leader' course behind another boat. The course may include all points of sailing and may be behind another sailing dinghy or behind a powered boat.
  • Pick up a man overboard dummy; the boat to be stopped and more than one attempt should not be needed.

The candidate may also be asked to complete some of the following:

  • Sail without a rudder, or with the tiller on a loose elastic, around a triangular course. You will be expected to make good progress around the course in a seamanlike manner (not applicable to keelboat or multihull instructor candidates).
  • Lee shore landing and departure
  • Anchor or pick up a mooring - wind against tide (if appropriate)
  • Come alongside a moored boat - wind against tide (if appropriate)
  • Recover a capsized dinghy and sail away (not keelboats)
Training course
Normally a 50 hour/5 day week but could be modular over a number of weekends or days, with extra time allowed for revision.

Training in teaching techniques afloat and ashore is provided during the course.

Run by an RYA Coach/Assessor and moderated on the final day by another RYA Coach/Assessor who has not been involved in the candidate's training.

Candidates will be required to demonstrate competence in course preparation, delivery and management, as well as customer liaison.

Qualified to teach
Sailing Scheme Levels 1, 2 and 3, Day Sailing, Seamanship Skills and Sailing with Spinnakers (if suitably experienced and approved by the Principal or Chief Instructor)

Youth Sailing Scheme Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Instructors are qualified specifically to teach on either dinghies, small keelboats or multihulls, depending on their training course and experience.

Instructors are not assessed as competent in running a training centre, and should always work under the supervision of an RYA Senior instructor.
Five years from the date of issue, provided that a valid first aid certificate is maintained.
RYA membership
Passport sized photo for certificate

Last updated 4:25pm on 22 July 2024

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