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RYA Assistant Instructors course

25 - 26 April

Assistant Instructor Training - AI

Want to help progress your child's sailing skills?

Keen to get involved with ESC's Training programme?

Looking for an opportunity to put something back in to your sport?

The Club will be running the RYA Assistant Instructor Course ( AI ) on the weekend of April 25/26. This course is aimed at parents/grandparents wishing to get involved delivering ESC youth and adult training.


In terms of sailing ability, Assistant instructors need to have personal skills beyond the level to which they can teach. In practical terms this means an ability to sail a crewed dinghy around a triangular course in light to medium winds so demonstrating all the points of sailing, the application of the 5 Essentials, and tacking and gybing proficiently.

Although this is an official RYA qualification to teach, it is a centre-specific certificate, awarded by ESC as the training centre and valid for five years, renewable after that.

The training weekend will cover the procedures for training at Emsworth Sailing Club, the RYA training schemes (Youth and Adult), the training sequence and the RYA method for tacking and gybing. There will be a mixture of sessions on and off the water. To gain the actual certificate after the training weekend, Assistant Instructors will be need to work one session (about 4 hours) supporting a training session with the Martlets.

The cost of the training will be £40 for the weekend and there will need to be a minimum of 6 adults signed up to make this event happen. Booking is online using the Members Area.

Please note this is an actual RYA qualification which is different to the pathway ESC uses to train its Youth Dinghy Sailing Instructors, who start initially as Instructor Assistants (IAs).

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