RYA Cruising Instructors Course

Course Overview

If you are passionate about sailing and have always dreamed of making it your career then the RYA Cruising Instructors Course is your first step in teaching. An effective instructor must have credibility with students and must show a genuine interest and engagement. Once you have passed this 5 day RYA course you will be able to teach within the practical cruising scheme, as a qualified RYA Cruising Instructor, leading student groups in Start Yachting, Competent Crew and Day Skipper.

The course is a blend of assessing the candidate’s knowledge, providing a structured framework to instruct, coach and deliver constructive feedback, and ensure the structure and standards required of RYA courses are understood. This course is taught by senior instructors, who have many years of experience teaching all levels of students from absolute beginners to Yachtmasters. During the Cruising Instructor course you will take part in role-play situations where you will find out how it feels to be both the instructor and the student.

You must already hold your RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore certificate and have an understanding of how people like to learn.

Any candidates booking on to an RYA Cruising Instructor course will be required to complete the RYA Cruising Instructor pre-course knowledge interactive online course before attending this five day practical.

Price : £599.00

Pre-Course Experience

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

Assumed Knowledge

The student must already hold the RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore certificate, First Aid, PPR and RYA membership. You will also be required to complete the RYA Cruising Instructor pre-course knowledge interactive on-line course before attending the five day practical. English is the language of delivery of all RYA courses so all candidates should be very comfortable with using English, including nautical terms.

Student Instructor Ratio

Maximum 5:1


5 days.

Course Content
  • Passage planning
  • Preparation for sea
  • Pilotage
  • Passage making and ability as skipper
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Emergency situations
Ability after Course

After successfully completing the course and assessment you will be qualified to teach RYA practical sailing courses at any recognised RYA training centre.

Course Syllabus

The aim of this course is to teach the skills and techniques required to skipper a cruising yacht safely on coastal passages by day and night.

What’s Included

When you book a course with Bacchus Yachting we do our best to ensure there are no extra fees – everything you need to complete your course is included:

  • A shared cabin on board one of our yachts
  • Meals and refreshments whilst on board, except for the night of joining and one other dinner.
  • All mooring fees(home marinas only)
  • All fuel costs
  • Use of safety kit (wet weather gear can be hired should you need it)
  • RYA certification for all successful students


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