The first step in teaching within the practical cruising scheme is to become qualified as an RYA Cruising Instructor, before moving up to the Yachtmaster™ Instructor qualification. Both qualifications can be taken in sail and motor cruisers, and the certificate will be endorsed accordingly.
This is a five day (sail) or four day (motor) course with a second trainer joining on the final day as course moderator.
It is expected that candidates are already experienced RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore skippers. It would be unlikely a newly qualified RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore would pass an RYA Cruising Instructor course unless already an instructor in another discipline, and having a very good depth of knowledge and experience.
Due to the short time available on this course, there is limited opportunity to fill any gaps in knowledge. This RYA Cruising Instructor course is a blend of assessing the candidate's knowledge, providing a structured framework to instruct, coach, observe and deliver constructive feedback and ensure the structure and standards required of RYA courses up to Day Skipper Practical are understood. Candidates must therefore ensure they have sufficient underpinning knowledge prior to attending this course/assessment.