RYA Dinghy Instructor Pre-Entry Assessment

1 day

Age 16+

Assessment content:

During the Pre Entry assessment candidates will be judged on their preparation and execution of different dinghy sailing tasks in a double handed dinghy. The assessment will be carried out by an RYA Coach Assessor within a 1:6 ratio. Details of the tasks and sailing manoeuvres candidates could be asked to demonstrate are included in RYA G14 National Sailing Scheme Instructor and may include;

Person overboard.

Rudderless sailing.

Launch and recovery.


Coming alongside.

Capsize recovery.

Sailing around a triangle.

Requirements/pre course experience:

• Candidates should be experienced dinghy sailors in both double-handed and singlehanded dinghies

• Candidates should have the appropriate background theory knowledge.

• Candidates should have a RYA G14 Coaching handbook, where evidence of this assessment can be signed off by the assessor.

Candidates need to be aware they can attend a Dinghy Instructor course up to 12 months after passing their pre entry assessment.

Candidates need to be aware that if they fail the pre entry assessment they cannot go on to a Dinghy Instructor course until they pass. This can present problems if the pre entry assessment is very close to the instructor course and if booking both at once!

Equipment and Kit Information

RYA Dinghy Instructor Pre-Entry Assessment - Kit Info

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

During the assessment 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

RYA Dinghy Instructor Pre-Entry Assessment - Schedule

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.

Most Instructor Pre-Entry Assessments run in the afternoon 13.30 – 16.30. However very occasionally because of numbers we may change this to a morning assessment, 09.30 – 12.30. Please check your joining instructions as they will make clear the timings of your assessment.

Note you will only have a short time to get familiar with the boat and crew you will be sailing with prior to the start of the assessment.

Most of the assessment will be conducted afloat, a sufficient wind will be required to allow you to demonstrate your sailing manoeuvres.


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

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

Please call 01475 530757 for more information.

Date Price Quantity
12 Jul 20 £59 -
27 Sep 20 £59 -


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