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RYA Dinghy Instructor Course 2023   iCal entry for this event

We are delighted to offer the DI Course on the following dates:

21st to 25th October 2023 (inc) 


Minimum age 16



RYA Powerboat Level 2

RYA Safe & Fun

First Aid Course


Experience Experienced sailor in strong winds
Pre-entry assessment To be completed within one year prior to the instructor course. We are running a pre-entry on 14th October.
Training course


Training in teaching techniques afloat and ashore is provided during the course.

Run by an RYA Coach/Assessor Mark Elson moderated on the final day by another RYA Coach/Assessor who has not been involved in the candidate's training.

Candidates will be required to demonstrate competence in course preparation, delivery and management, as well as customer liaison.

Qualified to teach Sailing Scheme Levels 1, 2 and 3, Day Sailing, Seamanship Skills and Sailing with Spinnakers (if suitably experienced and approved by the Principal or Chief Instructor)

Youth Sailing Scheme Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Instructors are qualified specifically to teach on either dinghies, small keelboats or multihulls, depending on their training course and experience.

Instructors are not assessed as competent in running a training centre, and should always work under the supervision of an RYA Senior instructor.
Validity Five years from the date of issue, provided that a valid first aid certificate is maintained.
RYA membership Required


Pre-entry assessment/14th October: 

You will be required to complete a pre-entry sailing assessment and demonstrate the following:

  1. Sailing a triangular course. You will need to demonstrate that you are using all the boat’s equipment to best advantage. 

  1. Sail a tight circular course. You will need to circle less than three boat lengths’ radius around a stationary boat, making only one tack and one gybe. 

  1. Sail a follow my leader course, speeding up and slowing down and maintaining a constant distance from the boat in front. 

  1. Pick up a Person Overboard dummy. The boat must approach the dummy under control and be stopped in the water as you pick up the dummy, ideally on your first attempt. 

  1. Sail rudderless (or with rudder in place and the tiller on loose elastic). Sail a triangular course, demonstrating control and effective sail trim/balance. 

  1. Lee Shore Landing and Departure, using the correct sail plan. 

  1. Pick up a mooring or anchor. Boat should be stopped next to the buoy, and the buoy picked up first time.  

  1. Coming alongside a moored boat. You will need to approach under control and stop alongside on the first attempt.

    We will be offering the DI Pre-entry prior to the course on Saturday 14th October, alternatively contact your nearest RYA Training Centre if you wish to complete it somewhere closer to home if you live out of area or are not able to attend on the specified date.

Location: Norfolk Broads Yacht Club


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