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RYA Cruising Instructor

The RYA Cruising Instructor course is for those of you who would like to become practical sailing instructors, you will be at least 18 years of age and an experienced Yachtmaster Offshore skipper. This qualification is the entry level for instructors and upon successful completion of the Cruising Instructor qualification you will be able to teach Competent Crew and Day Skipper practical courses with an RYA recognised Training Centre.

You should come to the course with a thorough knowledge to Yachtmaster Offshore level as the aim of the course is to focus on instruction, coaching, observing, giving constructive feedback, and ensuring that the structure and standards of RYA courses are understood. 

Your instructor for this course will be the Nomad Sailing School Principle, Jim. Jim has been a teacher all his working life and a Sailing Instructor for over 20 years, as a result you will get the best possible training to help you achieve your Cruising Instructor ticket.


Course Information

We include everything you will need with your course fee:
  • 5 days top notch tuition including 1 day moderation
  • Online pre-course knowledge check
  • Thorough teaching on course and lesson planning
  • Accommodation on board 
  • All food on board - three meals a day plus snacks and refreshments
  • Home baked bread and cakes (when Lou is able!)
  • All mooring fees and marina costs
  • Use of waterproof clothing
  • Use of personal safety equipment
  • Any incurred fuel costs
Topics for this course include the following (review the full syllabus)
  • Teaching and learning theory
  • Structuring feedback
  • Planning, delivery and review of lessons
  • Instructional techniques
  • Interpersonal skills
  • RYA orientation and Code of Conduct

The course will start and end at Gosport Marina - PO12 1AH

We tend to stay within Portsmouth Harbour for most of this course with one day away for night drills and pilotage.

This course is taught by one Cruising Intructor Trainer and moderated on the final day by another.

  • Hold a commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence (with all associated certification in date)
  • Hold a valid first aid certificate which is accepted by the RYA
  • Successfully completed RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities (PPR) Course, even if not required for commercial endorsement until next revalidation of commercial endorsement 
  • Candidates must enrol on and pass the online pre-course RYA Cruising Instructor Theory test (incorporating teaching background theory and RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Theory)
  • Preferrably candidates should have 1+ years experience since passing their YMO
The minimum age required to attend this course is 18+ years.

How do I Book?

Check out the available course dates and then contact us or book online. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Lou or Jim for more information.

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I´ve done my theory and practical with Nomad and i think i couldn´t have found a better place to do it. Jim is an amazing instructor full of patience and with a lot of experience teaching and sailing which make him really good at what it does. the five days we spent on board doing the course where amazing, great tuition, great food on board and lots of fun.
Nomad (and specifically Jim in this case) ran a great course. It's clear that they enjoy both sailing and teaching and hand you the reins in an easygoing manner while being very clear about how and why you do things: an excellent and very enjoyable learning environment
I've attended quite a few courses in the past and above all else the quality of the instruction is paramount.. Jim is an ex school teacher and his experience in the classroom shines through with his patient, thorough instruction and easy going manner.
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