Dinghy Sailing Instructor Course

This course combines training afloat with shore-based training in teaching techniques and leads to the internationally recognised RYA Instructor qualification.


You will develop your instructional and coaching skills both on and of the water, as well as the theory that underlies the sport.

During the instructor course you will learn the RYA training method for teaching beginners and improvers in single and two-handed dinghies.

We make sure you have plenty of time to practice teaching and coaching on the course before the final assessment on the last day.

Course content

  • The role of the instructor
  • Instruction, and coaching principles
  • The RYA training scheme
  • Land drills for tacking and gybing
  • The RYA teaching method afloat
  • Teaching juniors
  • Teaching special needs
  • Course planning
  • Risk assessment and legal issues

Fantastic location 

The course is based at the Flying Fish Sail Academy at Middle Harbour Yacht Club, home of the Australian Sailing Team. It is a superb location for dinghy sailing.

Experienced trainers

Your instructor course will be run by a highly experienced and qualified RYA Dinghy Coach Assessor. You will be assessed on the final day by a second Coach Assessor

Our training fleet includes Laser Pico single-handers and Laser Bahias, two person dinghies with trapeze and asymmetric spinnakers.  

What's included

Equipment, publications, tuition and exam fees.


  • RYA Safe and Fun online course
  • RYA Dinghy Instructor

Before you start

You must have a recognized First Aid certificate and an RYA Powerboat Level 2  qualification. 

You are a confident sailor comfortable sailing in stronger winds. 

If you have less experience you should book the skills training week running immediately before the instructor course or look at our Dinghy Sailing Instructor Fast-track course.

What next?

As a qualified RYA instructor you will be ready to go straight into your first job at one of the many RYA schools in Europe.  

In Australia your RYA certificate converts to the Australian Sailing Dinghy  Instructor certification meaning you can work at an Australian Sailing accredited school.