Dinghy Instructor, Pre-Entry Preparation & Assessment

2 days

Age 16+

This day and a half of training is all about preparing experienced sailors to pass the Dinghy Instructor Pre Entry sailing assessment on the final afternoon. The training is delivered by an experienced Senior Instructor, on a 1:6 ratio, and covers the tasks that candidates could be asked to perform during the assessment. Training can also be tailored towards the needs of the students if they wish to work in specific boat handling skills. The assessment on the final afternoon will be conducted by an RYA Coach Assessor. Many students appreciate the benefits of the training and familiarisation aspect prior to sitting the assessment.

Requirements/pre course experience:
. Good Sailing ability in double handed dinghies
. Candidates should have the appropriate sailing background knowledge
. Candidates should have an RYA G14 Coaching handbook. where evidence of the assessment can be signed off by the assessor.
. It is compulsory for RYA Instructors to be an RYA member.

Additional information:
Candidates are required to pass the final assessment part of this weekend before they can attend a Dinghy Instructor course.

Equipment and Kit Information

Dinghy Instructor, Pre-Entry Preparation & Assessment - Kit Info

The centre will provide the two handed dinghies to be used during the course and other students will help you crew and you will be expected to crew for them.

During the course candidates are welcome to use their own sailing clothing suitable for the conditions on the day. If this is not possible wetsuits, wetsuit boots, buoyancy aids and waterproof tops are available for your use. In addition we would request you bring garments such as swim wear, woolly hat and warm socks. Hot showers are available in the changing areas but please remember to bring a towel.


Daily Schedule

Dinghy Instructor, Pre-Entry Preparation & Assessment - Schedule

Dinghy Instructor, Pre-Entry Preparation & Assessment - Schedule

The 0915hrs ferry from Largs to Cumbrae will get you here in sufficient time.

On arrival check in at our reception which is situated in the main entrance. You will be asked to complete a form with course and emergency contact details. A room key will be issued for residential guests and a brief outline of centre facilities indicated.

Main timings of our day are:

Meals times. Breakfast: 0830hrs Lunch: 1230hrs Dinner: 1800hrs

All meals are served in the dining area.

Activity times. Your activity will run from 0930 – 1630hrs.

Your instructors will guide you with clothing, activity and the content of the sessions. The training part of this course runs for the first day and half with the afternoon of the second day taken up with the Pre-Entry Assessments which should be finished by 1630hrs.

Evenings are generally free time.


Due to the current COVID-19 situation we are not taking any course bookings at the moment. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact cumbraecentre@sportscotland.org.uk

Booking Options

1 night full board accommodation included.

No places left? We strive to offer additional places on our courses.

Please call 01475 530757 for more information.

Date Price Quantity
11 Jul 20 - 12 Jul 20 £229 -
26 Sep 20 - 27 Sep 20 £229 -


Name Price Quantity
Accommodation Friday night £31 -