Sailing instructors teach people to sail yachts and boats.
1. Entry requirements
You’ll need to complete a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) course. There are different courses for different types of vessel.
You’ll need to be:
- aged 16 (18 for some courses)
- physically fit and able to swim
- a competent and experienced sailor of small boats
You’ll also need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
2. Skills required
- sailing skills
- leadership and management skills
- excellent communication skills
- organisation skills
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- preparing and presenting lessons
- teaching safety on dry land and drills on water
- demonstrating boat handling and sailing techniques
- assessing your student’s abilities
- teaching grading (or exams)
- keeping attendance records
- recording and reporting accidents or boat damage
- informing students of changes to lessons due to bad weather
- care and maintenance of boats
You may teach the following:
- dinghy sailing (small craft including keelboats and catamarans)
- powerboat driving
- cruising (large yachts and sailing vessels with crews)
Highly Experienced: £28,000
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYour working hours will vary, and include evenings and weekends. Your work could be seasonal.
You’ll work in most weather conditions. Yachtmaster and cruising instruction takes place at sea.
You’ll also spend time teaching in a classroom.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could progress to a supervisory or management job within a sailing club.
With experience and further training, you could become an instructor of other types of sailing vessels, like yachts and powerboats.
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Last updated: 09 October 2018