Sailing Instructor

Sailing instructors teach people to sail yachts and boats.

Day-to-day Tasks

  • prepare and present lessons
  • teach safety on dry land and drills on water
  • demonstrate boat handling and sailing techniques
  • assess your students' abilities
  • keep attendance records
  • record and report accidents or boat damage
  • inform students of changes to lessons due to bad weather
  • help to maintain the boats

Skills and Knowledge

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • the ability to teach pupils how to do something
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills

Industry Qualifications

You can get into this job through a college course or specialist courses run by professional bodies

You could work towards this job by doing a relevant college course, for example:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Outdoor Activities

You can do Royal Yachting Association (RYA) courses. The RYA is the national governing body for sailing, and sets standards for training instructors.

You'll also need to pass a sailing assessment and do further study before you can start training as a sailing instructor with the RYA.

Courses are done at local sailing clubs or with private training companies.

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