Young Leaders Programme
This course gives young leaders the opportunity to become fully qualified instructors once they are 16.
The course has been split into four specific watersport sections: Sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking and Sculling. This allows students to work towards becoming an instructor in their favourite watersport.
Within each watersport section there are 3 areas to complete before passing as a fully qualified instructor.
Sailing Training Programme
Pre-requisites: RYA Seamanship Skills
This intensive six day programme will run during the summer holidays. The initial five days of the course will build on existing skills in an attempt to get the candidates up to pre-assessment standard. Passing the final day pre-assessment is essential to proceed onto the Dinghy Instructor course in October. The cost also includes the online safe and fun course.
Over the autumn you will be expected to practise your skills and build your experience in preparation for the instructor’s course.
Windsurfing Training Programme
Pre-requisites: Start Windsurfing & Beach Start Clinic and 20 hours logged windsurfing this year.
This course runs over four weekends over the summer months allowing for practise time between each course. The four days will be spent working on the RYA Fastfwd non-planing skills, which include harness and foot strap work, faster tacking and improved steering skills aiming to get you to the entry level to become a Windsurfing Instructor. The cost also includes the online safe and fun course.
Kayaking Training Programme
Pre-requisites: 1 Star / Discover
The training programme is broken down into the 2 day 2 Star course and the 1 day Foundation Safety and Rescue Test.
Explore (similar to 2 Star) These 2 days will be spent improving your Kayaking and Canoeing skills and work towards achieving your Explore award.
Foundation Safety & Rescue Training
The day will be spent working on water and shore-based rescues in order to achieve a wider knowledge of rescues in preparation to become an instructor.
Extra add-on courses
Before moving on to your instructor course some of the National Governing Bodies (NGB’s) require you to gain additional qualifications. We offer the following:
The final thing to then complete is an instructor course in the relevant sport. More information about these can be found here
RYA Dinghy Instructor Course
This course is five days of intensive but enjoyable training in all aspects of teaching beginners and improvers to sail, including moderation by another coach at the end of the course. Our coaches will make sure you pick up top tips and new ideas.
Pre-requisites: Sailing Pre-assessment, Appointed Person First Aid, RYA Powerboat Level 2, Safe and Fun, RYA Membership.
RYA Start Windsurfing Instructor Course
During October Half Term we will be running a five day Windsurf Instructor Course here or at Bray Lake, near Windsor. This intensive course will improve your demonstration skills and give you all the techniques needed to teach windsurfing.
Pre-requisites: RYA Fastfwd Non-Planing, Observation of a ‘RYA Start Windsurfing Course’, Appointed Person First Aid, RYA Powerboat Level 2, Safe and Fun and RYA Membership.
British Canoeing Coach Course (Sheltered Water Coach Kayak & Canoe)
Core Coach Training, 22–23 October 2019
The Core Coach training will explore different approaches to coaching,
understanding and enabling learning, and some core coaching skills. You will
also be supported in evolving your personal coaching development plan to
enable you to take your learning into practice after the course. (This course is
similar to the old Level 2 Coach)
Pre-requisites: Member of British Canoeing
BC Sheltered Water Training (Discipline Specific Training), 24–25
After you have attended the core coach training, you can attend any 2 day
specific coaching course. This sheltered water coach training is based
on the knowledge, understanding and skills that the coaches need to ensure
the athletes/learners in their care are appropriately provided for. The training
course focusing on the 'What and How' to coach, building on your core training
in a sheltered water environment.
1 Day Assessment
When you feel ready you can complete your sheltered water coach by passing a 1 day assessment which includes practical coaching, rescue skills, personal skills and a discussion topic.
We also run the following courses on demand:
BC Level 2 Coach Training
BSUPA Level 1, Ready to Ride Instructor Course
BR Level 2 Sculling Session Coach.
All instructor courses are open to individuals 16 years and over. Please contact the centre to book a place.