How to become a sailing instructor
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- specialist courses run by professional bodies
You could work towards this job by doing a relevant college course, for example:
- Level 2 and Level 3 Watersport Instructor Diploma
- Level 3 Diploma in Skills and Activities for Sport and Active Leisure (Outdoor Education)
You'll need to check that your chosen course includes the professional qualifications to become a sailing instructor.
You may need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
You could start by doing an outdoor activities instructor advanced apprenticeship.
There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
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 need to be:
- over 16 years old
- physically fit and able to swim
- a competent, experienced sailor
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.
You'll need to requalify as a sailing instructor every 5 years, and must have a valid first aid certificate.
You can find out more about becoming a sailing instructor from the Royal Yachting Association.