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Assistant Instructor In-Training Programme

By Glyn Williams, Thursday, 24th May 2018 | 0 comments
Filed under: Children's Sailing.

The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School is delighted to launch our new training programme for aspiring instructors.

Starting this Summer coaching and training for aspiring instructors will be delivered as part of the Assistant Instructor In-Training Programme, which will run over the months of June, July and August.

In a departure from previous years, we will only accept attendees of this new programme to participate in the Dinghy Instructor Training Programme running over the Winter and Spring of 2017/18, with the programme culminating in the attendance on a Dinghy Instructor Course.


We recommend that candidates speak to the 15-17 years group head about their suitability for the programme. We would recommend a candidate being at YSS Stage 4, or higher, and being at least 15 years old by the 1st of February 2018. Candidates who feel they can reach this standard of sailing by the end of the Summer will be welcomed onto the programme.

If you feel you do not meet the criteria above, please still do apply. We'll chat with you about what can be done.

How it will work

The new Assistant Instructor In-Training Programme will consist of two parts. The first will involve on the job training, where Assistant Instructors will join children’s groups, under the supervision of our experienced Group Head Instructors. The second part will involve specific and tailored coaching over a series of weekly meetings after the courses have concluded. These meetings will take place each Wednesday from June to August (6pm-8pm) and be led by a Senior Instructors Glyn Williams and Heather Wright who will work on developing communication and sailing skills as well as teaching techniques. Trainees will split their time between sailing on summer courses and assisting on groups. Regardless of what activity they are undertaking, they are invited to the weekly training meetings.

The Senior Instructor will also be responsible monitoring the trainees progress over the course of the Summer and will provide guidance to these individuals and receive reports from the Head Instructors. At the end of the programme, the Senior Instructors will be responsible for recommending an invitation be issued to a trainee to attend the next step, the Instructor Training Modules.

Meeting Dates (Wednesdays 6pm-8pm)

  • June: 6, 13, 20, 27
  • July: 4, 11, 18, 25
  • August: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29


This programme is only open to Summer Course attendees as well as 15-17 years sailors from the Junior Club. Candidates will not be invited to assist every week of the summer, as it is important that they practise there sailing skills as well as undertake on the job training.

Application Form...

Please download this application form and return it to the school office.

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