RYA Assistant Instructor Course

Ballyholme Yacht Club


Cost: £40

Training: This is a 20 hour course covering the RYA teaching methods for beginners. Candidates will be assessed on their teaching ability with beginners.  Successful candidates will have their logbook signed and will be awarded the AI certificate by their Principal.

2018 Dates: tbc

Eligibility: You will not be accepted onto the BYC course unless:

  1. You are a BYC Member (Non members can initially apply for the course but must also then join the club).
  2. Candidates must hold one of the RYA Sailing Scheme advanced modules (e.g.RYA Start Racing courses mentioned on dates below) and have the recommendation of their centre’s Principal.
  3. You are 13 years at the start of your course

At BYC we prefer our Assistant Instructors to also to hold a valid first aid certificate and powerboat level 2.

Role: The assistant instructor (AI) award provides recognition for the ‘in-house’ training given to experienced sailors intending to qualify as RYA dinghy, keelboat or multihull instructors. At BYC we specialise in Dinghy Sailing. The AI is a competent small boat sailor who has been trained to assist instructors in teaching sailing up to the standard of the Level 2 or Stage 3 courses. They must work under the supervision of an RYA senior instructor (SI) or the chief instructor of a keelboat training centre. The AI’s training is limited to assisting qualified instructors and does not include first aid or powerboat handling.  Assistant Instructors must never work without direct supervision.

PRACTICE: Before you come please practice these knots as you’ll quite likely have to teach them one day! Figure of 8 Round turn and 2 half hitches Secure a rope to a cleat Bowline Clove hitch Reef knot Fisherman’s Bend Rolling Hitch Sheetbend

PREPARE: Get booked onto an Advanced Module Course if you haven’t already! NB. You must have recommendation of their centre’s Principal so doing an advanced module isn’t enough in itself.

What to bring:

  • Medical declaration
  • a whistle – attached to buoyancy aid
  • a knife – attached to buoyancy aid
  • a folder to put your sheets and books in, and a pen
  • a pack lunch (or order one)
  • Snacks
  • sailing gear (n.b. you will need more than you wear for racing)
  • WARM changes of clothing and lots of them!


Certificate Validity: The AI certificate is valid only at BYC for five years. It is not valid at any other club or centre if training is done at BYC.    


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