Career Training

In-House Instructor Training

Our Instructor Training programme is unique and unrivalled in Ireland. Our course ensures all students sailing are at the level required for the Royal Yachting Association pre-entry assessment. Our programme concentrates not only on sailing ability but on other key aspects necessary to be a successful instructor including presentation skills, interpersonal skills, risk analysis and on the water safety.

Eligibility Criteria

Students ideally should be either undertaking their level 4 or a higher level, we'll hold an information Zoom call on Monday 30th August at 7pm. Please email us to express interest in joining the programme. We'll return an online form to complete and a link to the meeting.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Candidates must be 16 years of age to become an instructor. For the 2021/22 programme, candidates must be 16 years of age by Monday 18th April 2022.

Modules Introduction

We've designed a modular based programme to bring good sailors to the standard required for an RYA instructor course. Sailing, powerboating, presentation, customer service, communication, teamwork and leadership skills are all developed. Detailed breakdowns of each module are presented below.

Pre-Instructor Course Qualifications

Candidates undertaking a RYA instructor course are required to hold the following qualifications:

  • RYA Powerboat Certificate
  • First Aid Certificate
  • VHF Radio License

While these courses have been scheduled to run prior to the pre-entry assessment, they are nevertheless valuable skills for any boater to have, and should they not be successful in their Pre-Entry or Instructor course these qualifications will be of significant assistance in any action plan, or route forward while preparing for another assessment or course in the future.

Course Fee Breakdown:

  • Sail Training 1 - €280
  • Sail Training 2 - €320
  • National Powerboat Certificate and Practise - €319
  • Shorebased - €328
  • Sailing & Powerboat Practise 2 - €389
  • Pre-Entry Assessment - €59
  • Pre-Course Skills and RYA DI Course - €499

The total fees are €2,194. Payment for each programme/module are required prior to commencement of each.

Please note, that on occasions there may be additional training required. This varies depending on each candidate and is impossible to predict.

More information

Please call our team on 01 2844195, or email sailing@inss.ie for more information.

Module Overview

Module 1: Sail Training 1

Runs Sundays 9.30am-5pm each day

  • September         12th, 19th, 26th
  • October              3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

A sailing assessment will take place on Monday 25th October. At this stage, candidates who are unlikely to make the sailing grade will not be invited to continue the programme, and instead will be given an action plan to put into place to make the grade at a future date. This would likely involve waiting a year while focussing on sailing skills in this time.

The cost for module 1 is €280 per person.

Module 2: Sail Training 2

Runs during the Halloween mid-term (Tuesday – Friday) from 9am-5pm each day and Sundays 9.30am-5pm each day

  • October              26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 31st
  • November          7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

The cost for this module is €320.

Module 3: National Powerboat Certificate & Practice

National Powerboat Certificate: Runs from 9am-5pm each day

  • Course 1: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December
  • Course 2: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th December

On Sunday the 5th of December and Sunday the 12th December, students undertaking the course on the alternative weekend will have a double handed day to work on rigging skills, as well as a final pre-Christmas sailing review (not assessment) with feedback.

Powerboat Practise: Runs on Saturday 10am-5pm

  • Saturday 19th December

The total cost for this module is €319.

Module 4: Shorebased
  • VHF Course 1: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th January, 10am-5pm each day
  • VHF Course 2: Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th January, 10am-5pm each day
  • First Aid Course 1: Saturday 8th January (9.30am-4.30pm)
  • First Aid Course 2: Saturday 15th January (9.30am-4.30pm)

The cost for the VHF course is €199 and the first aid is €129. Students only need do one of each.

If your child already holds a first aid certificate, please email a copy to us and we can advise if it meets the requirements for the RYA Dinghy Instructor Course.

Module 5: Sailing & Powerboat Practise 2

Runs Sunday 9.30am-5pm each day and 9am-5pm during the February Mid-Term.

  • January                                23rd, 30th
  • February:                            6th, 13th, 20th
  • February Mid-Term:       21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th February

The cost for this module is €389.

Module 6: RYA Pre-Entry

External Examination of Sailing Ability – RYA Pre-Entry Assessment

Prior to an instructor course all candidates are required to be assessed by an RYA appointed assessor. Currently the date for this assessment is Saturday the 26th or Sunday 27th February. The assessment takes place from 9am-5pm and costs €59.

Please note, that in the case of bad weather we have scheduled the weekend of Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March as a back up set of dates.

This is a pass/fail exam. Attendance at training session will undoubtably help a student prepare, however, they may not be at the required standard to become an instructor. If they are unsuccessful, they will be unable to continue on the programme.

Module 7: Pre-Course Sailing, Powerboating and Instructing Skills and RYA Dinghy Instructor Course

Prior to the instructor course we've a couple of tailored training dates, designed to iron out any challenges on the instructor course. These sessions run 9.30am-5pm each Sunday.

  • March   6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
  • April      3rd, 10th

RYA Dinghy Instructor Course

  • Course 1: Monday 11th to Friday 15th April
  • Course 2: Monday 18th to Friday 22nd April

The cost for the pre-course training and instructor course is €499.

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