This is an intensive course that provides both training and assessment in the use of instructional techniques to deliver all practical aspects and background knowledge of RYA practical syllabuses.
Due to the short time available on the Yachtmaster instructor course, there is limited opportunity to fill any gaps in knowledge. The 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 are understood. Candidates must therefore ensure they have sufficient underpinning knowledge prior to attending.
An effective instructor must have credibility with students and a genuine interest and engagement with the subject is essential for this. Questions from students will often stray outside the core syllabus or be concerned with seeking advice about equipment or situations. Without enthusiasm and a depth of knowledge far above the RYA syllabus, this credibility could easily be lost. It is difficult to quantify in writing exactly what this means but without extensive practical experience of the subject, candidates are unlikely to be successful on instructor course.
The centre owns two modern yachts; a Salona 38’ – “Santa Vey” and a Salona 37’ – “Somerled”. Both yachts are fully equipped and inspected yearly by the RYA/MCA. Yachts will be staffed by one member of staff, either a male or a female instructor. All instructors are PVG checked.
Waterproof sets and lifejackets are on-board each yacht. All other clothing is the responsibility of the sailor and we recommend bringing warm comfortable clothing, which is easy to layer, a warm hat, gloves, suitable footwear, towel and toiletries and of course suntan lotion.×
5-day cruise courses depart Sunday evenings from Largs Yacht Haven at 1930hrs. Please meet your instructor at Largs Yacht Haven reception area at 1930hrs.
The yacht will return to Largs Yacht Haven at approx. 1600hrs on Friday afternoons.
Food provisions for the duration are on-board, you are free to bring extras that you may wish. Eating ashore is sometimes an option but is an additional personal expense and not always on offer due to location.×