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.

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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


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RYA Dinghy Instructor

Become qualified to teach dinghy sailing and pass on your love of the sport to others. Develop your coaching style, refine your sailing technique and learn 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+


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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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Powerboat Licence

Following the RYA Powerboat Level 2 syllabus, this two-day course will give you the skills to drive and manoeuvre a powerboat competently and safely. On completion you will be awarded with a Powerboat Level 2 certificate, which is the driving licence of powerboating. No previous experience is required. Suitable for age 12+

Due to Covid face masks must be worn at all times when on the boats. The controls will be cleaned between uses and hand sanitizer must be used throughout the day. If all three participants are in the same household they will not need to wear masks. 


First Aid Green Cross

Emergency First Aid at work - 8 Hour

Learn the basics of land-based lifesaving skills and keep up to date with new techniques and procedures. Ages 14+

The course meets the requirements for RYA and BC Instructors.

From £103.00

First Aid Green Cross

Emergency 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.