Yacht Cruising Instructor

The RYA Cruising Instructor course is a requirement for commercial Yachtmasters to teach RYA courses up to Day Skipper level. Qualified instructors are in demand for work at RYA approved schools in Australia, the UK, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
13 December
Mon 13 Dec 2021 - Fri 17 Dec 2021
5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $1,895.00 incl. GST
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25 April
Mon 25 Apr 2022 - Fri 29 Apr 2022
5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $1,895.00 incl. GST
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23 May
Mon 23 May 2022 - Fri 27 May 2022
5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $1,895.00 incl. GST
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You spend five days living on board one of our Beneteau 40 foot training yachts in and around Sydney Harbour, the home of Flying Fish Australia. 

Candidates operate in a role play scenario taking it in turns to practice in the role of instructor. 

By the end of the course you will have a thorough understanding of the RYA training scheme and the coaching style that is the hallmark of Flying Fish. 

Practical and theory instruction

The course will be run by an experienced RYA qualified trainer and moderated on the final day by a second independent trainer.

You will learn best practice for instructing a range of boat handling skills under both sail and power and develop techniques for teaching navigation, pilotage and safety and emergency procedures. 

A yacht instructor will spend a proportion of his time teaching theory. You will learn how this is best packaged and delivered in an on board setting.

Understanding coaching

We take time to develop your understanding of the learning process and the different tools you can make use of to effectively coach your students. You will also learn to plan your training programme to deliver the syllabus in the time-frame. 

What's included

Accommodation and food on board the yacht, publications and the exam fee.


  • RYA Cruising Instructor

Before you start

You hold a commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster Offshore or Ocean certificate.

If you are working only in Australia you can apply for the ‘Australia only Instructor Endorsement’

As an instructor you are also required to be an RYA accredited member.

What next?

In Australia and the UK you can expect work as a charter or sailing school skipper.

In the Mediterranean or Caribbean you may work for a yacht management company, skippering and teaching introductory and refresher courses.

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