How do I become an instructor?

As part of the development process within the club, a large number of our members are so enthusiastic about their own experience of learning and growth that they look for ways in which they can give back themselves.  

Once you’re through the recognised RYA courses, and you’ve participated in WHSC's 'Plain Sailing' and other training programmes and you’re involved in the Saturday afternoon and Tuesday evening racing series, we encourage those members who’ve achieved a certain standard to further hone their skills by participating in the club's subsidised instructor training programme.

Levels achieved will largely depend upon personal goals and time, however, the club is there to support you all the way from Assistant to Senior Instructor.

The eligibility criteria for each level are listed below. The RYA Assistant Instructor course is taught by WHSC's own team of instructors (free of charge) whereas the Dinghy Instructor and Senior Instructor courses are held at recognised RYA training establishments throughout the country.


RYA Assistant Instructor

Training for this award is led by WHSC's Senior Instructor team, and is only valid at the WHSC facility at the Welsh Harp.


RYA Dinghy Instructor Course

Candidates must fulfill the following criteria before taking part in the 5-day instructor training course:

  • Minimum age 16
  • Be physically fit and able to swim
  • Hold a valid first aid certificate – either the RYA’s First Aid Certificate, or one recognised by the Health and Safety Executive, covering the treatment of hypothermia and a minimum of six hours course length 
  • Hold an RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate – see dates for WHSC Powerboat & First Aid courses
  • Have passed a pre-entry sailing assessment, completed within one year prior to the instructor training course

This also applies to RYA Keelboat and Multihull Instructor courses.

If you are interested in doing a course, ask for advice from Liz or from Lesley.