Instructor Training

We're proud to be the centre where many sailing and paddlesport instructors start their careers. We select only the best tutors and educators to run our comprehensive instructor training programme. Many candidates go on to work for us, delivering high quality adventurous activities to our visitors.

We provide all the equipment you'll need, although you are welcome to bring your own, and a car parking permit for the duration of your course.

Don't meet all the pre-requisites yet? Check out our range of adult courses.

Are you a volunteer and need some help with funding these courses? Give us a call on 0118 934 4424 and we'll talk you through your options.


Archery GB Instructor Course

The Archery GB Instructor Award is an entry-level Instructor training course that prepares Learners to deliver fun, safe sessions for beginners. It is designed for Learners with little or no prior experience of archery and  is practical in nature with Learners take part in practical archery sessions.

You need to be 17 years old by the first day of the course and it is open to Both members and non-members of Archery GB

Full details about the terms and conditions of entry onto a course can be found in the supporting guide ‘Archery GB Instructor Award Guidance for Learners’ found at


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RYA Safety Boat

This course will teach you how to use powerboats for escort, rescue and race management purposes. You will learn how to safely rescue all craft used on the lake. This course is strongly recommended for all watersports instructors. Pre-requisite RYA Powerboat Level 2.

Ages 16+


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RYA Dinghy Assistant Instructor

The RYA Assistant Dinghy Instructor award is the first step towards becoming a dinghy instructor. Participants will be encouraged to take a leadership role and develop their coaching & organisational skills. Once completed they will be able to assist as a volunteer on courses & events at the Activity Centre. This course is also suitable for people working towards their Duke of Edinburgh, Queen’s Guide, or Queen’s Scout awards.

Participants need to have RYA Stage 4 and at least one of the RYA Sailing Scheme advanced modules before taking the course. Ages 13+

Each day runs from 9am - 6pm



Stand Up Paddleboard Discipline Support Module

Ages 16+. The SUP Discipline Support module is a course for anyone who is leading or teaching Paddleboarding, whether you are already a watersports coach or not. It introduces you to all the key elements you need to know to deliver good quality Paddleboard sessions.


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BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

Ages 12+. An essential course for any Canoeist, Kayaker, or Paddleboarder. Learn how to stay safe out on the water and how to handle situations when they go wrong. You need to be able to handle your craft with a degree of accuracy Paddle Discover or 2 star standard).



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British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor

The British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor Award is for people wanting to instruct introductory and taster sessions. The qualification will support the instructor in their first Paddlesport instructing role with practical skills, initial familiarisation activities, games and activities to support learning and how to use mini journeys to support learning, inspire adventure, and exploration.


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Current British Canoeing On the Water Membership

Candidates are expected to have at least 80 hours paddling experience

Candidates are require to pre register for the course with British Canoeing

Age 14+


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RYA Dinghy Instructor Pre-Assessment

Pre-assessment day for the RYA Dinghy Instructor course. An external RYA coach will assess your sailing skills to ensure they are up to standard before embarking on the course. Ages 16+


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RYA Dinghy Instructor

Become qualified to teach dinghy sailing and pass on your love of the sport to others. Enjoy five days of developing your coaching style, refining your sailing technique and learning how to deliver sailing schemes professionally and enthusiastically. On successful completion, you will be eligible to work as a dinghy instructor in RYA training centres. Pre-requisites include:

  • Pre-entry sailing assessment successfully passed
  • RYA First Aid or equivalent
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA Safe and Fun safeguarding course

Ages 16+


First Aid Green Cross

Outdoor First Aid Course – 8 hour

This is a basic first aid suitable for people dealing with emergency first aid incidents Indoors or Out. It will cover Initial Response, CPR, Emergency first aid, Drowning, Hypothermia and more. The covers these topics in a mixture of classroom training and outdoor scenarios to consolidate learning. This course covers the minimum First aid requirement for RYA and British Canoeing Instructors. This course is Land-based.


First Aid Green Cross

First Aid Course – 16 hour

This is a first aid course suitable for people dealing with emergency first aid incidents Outdoors and in more remote locations where emergency medical help may be longer arriving. Ideal for Walkers, Cyclists, Climbers, Sailors,  anyone who works or plays in the great outdoors. It will cover Initial Response, CPR, Emergency first aid, Drowning, Hypothermia and more. The covers these topics in a mixture of classroom training and outdoor scenarios to consolidate learning. This course meets the First aid requirement for RYA, British Canoeing Coaches, MLT and DofE. This course is Land-based. This course will take place at the Rangers Office, above the Dragonfly Cafe, Dinton Pastures Country park, Davis Street, Hurst, RG10 0TH.