Bray Lake Watersports

Windsurf Instructor Courses

RYA Start Windsurf Instructor - Course Price: £349

It is important to remember that all instructor candidates require a good level of personal sailing skill and background knowledge before undertaking the course. The minimum age for those wanting to do an instructors course is 16 years (parental consent required). For those under 16 and still keen to become an instructor the best route is our Assistant Instructor course.

The course pre-requisites include:

  • RYA powerboat Level II
  • Valid first aid - see below
  • RYA membership
  • Personal sailing ability up to Intermediate Non-Planing plus an ability to Beach Start and complete a Non-Planing Carve Gybe
  • It is also advised that you complete 8 hours observation of a Start Windsurfing course run at a RYA centre.

If you need any assistance or advice regarding these requirements prior to the course, please contact the Centre and we will be pleased to help (discounts are available on all pre-requisite courses when booked in addition to an instructor course).

  • This is a professional qualification.
  • Training will be a mixture of land based simulator and theory work along with on water practical sessions.
  • You will learn new skills and be expected to give short presentations to prove you have both the skills and background knowledge required by an RYA Instructor.
  • You will be taught how to teach windsurfing to both adults and children and how to improve technique via coaching.
  • The course will also look at aspects of course management, group control, equipment innovations and industry initiatives. Assessment is continuous throughout the week and concluded with a final day assessment.

This course will take you from recreational sailor to instructor giving you the opportunity to work either full or part time in the water sports industry, or at your local club, or just to help out your friends. On successful completion of the course you will be able to work at an RYA centre, running beginners courses for both adults and children.

RYA Windsurfing Intermediate Instructor - Course Price: £299

The intermediate windsurfing scheme is run at many RYA centres around the UK and abroad. The new style of teaching has brought dramatic change to the way that windsurfing is taught and confirms the RYA's commitment to the scheme ensuring that it reflects windsurfing today.

The course pre-requisites are:

  • Valid Start (Level 1) Instructor ticket with 50 hours teaching experience
  • Valid first aid - see below
  • RYA membership
  • Level 3/Intermediate Planing personal sailing ability to become an Intermediate Non-Planing Instructor and Level 4/Advanced ability for Intermediate Planing Instructor.

The course will introduce you to the intermediate scheme, working with a simulator along with all the appropriate teaching and coaching skills required to run an intermediate course. This course will keep you up to date with industry initiatives and the very latest equipment designs and developments.

  • Candidates should have a suitable board and rigs appropriate for the course.
  • Equipment hire is available if required for the duration of the course.
  • Time and conditions allowing, the course will also aim to improve your own personal skills.
  • There is no final day assessment with this course as assessment is on going.

You will be asked to do a pre-prepared presentation, have the necessary theory knowledge for this level of instruction and have competent board handling skills for the instructor level you are aiming for.

RYA Advanced Instructor - Course Price: £POA

The advanced course is for the very experienced and competent instructor who must have excellent coastal sailing ability. The course is run off-site at carefully selected locations. There are very few courses run throughout the UK so please contact the Centre for more information.

The course pre-requisites are:

  • Valid Intermediate Planing (Level 3) Instructor ticket with 50 hours teaching experience at intermediate level
  • Valid first aid
  • RYA membership
  • Level 5/Advanced personal sailing ability

Candidates are expected to provide all their own equipment to cater for a wide range of sailing conditions. Depending on the venue equipment hire may be possible, please contact the Centre for further details.

RYA Safe and Fun - Course Price: £20

This course is suitable for anyone working or volunteering with children and vulnerable adults in an RYA environment.

The course provides a basic level of knowledge and awareness of safeguarding and is a requirement for all newly qualifying Level 2 Racing Coaches, Dinghy and Windsurfing Instructors and Senior Instructors to complete prior to their instructor training course. They must also complete a pre-course worksheet which is accessed within the Safe & Fun course, and take that with them to the instructor course.

This course is fully online, please contact a  member of the team to make payment. You will then be provided with log in information to access the course.

First Aid - Course Price: £95

The RYA first aid certificate will provide a successful candidate with the ability to recognise life threatening conditions and be able to provide rapid assessment and prompt, appropriate treatment.

  • The first aid course is completed in one day.
  • The first aid certificate is a pre-requisite for all instructor courses.
  • You do not have to have held any prior first aid certificates to do this course, although it is recommended that you do some prior reading.
  • The first aid certificate is valid for 3 years, after which time you will be required to complete another one day course.

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