Dinghy sailing – what qualifications do I need to become an instructor?

Dinghy sailing - what qualifications do I need to become an instructor #1

Dinghy sailing is a huge focus for watersports holiday companies and schools. Whether overseas or in the UK the discipline remains an important part of the teaching programme as it’s ay for everyday folk, who mightn’t own a dinghy, to get some sailing time under their belt. In particular, sailing holidays in foreign climes are popular choices for those who like their wind blown activities paired with some sunshine and warm water. As such there’s plenty of demand for dinghy sailing instructors and why Watersports Nomad includes it in our programme.

Multi-hull/cat sailing.

One thing we’re incredibly keen on at Watersports Nomad is giving the necessary qualifications to maximise your chances of employment within the watersport industry. Being competent across multiple disciplines is therefore very important. Becoming a dinghy sailing instructor is one thing but what about centres which offer multi-hull craft?

Watersports centres – particular holiday companies offering sailing – tend to feature all styles of boats on their beaches. Catamarans are often seen as more accessible than some high performance dinghies. This isn’t quite true but perceptions remain. As such, an instructor needs o be well versed in both single and multi-hull sailing these days. Each requires different knowledge, although there are some skills which are transferable, naturally.

Catamaran (multi-hull_ dinghy sailing experience is essential for any instructor.

As part of becoming a dinghy sailing instructor with Watersports Nomad we’ll aim to get you qualified to teach both single and multi-hull sailing. Therefore there’ll be no daunting prospects of having to suddenly jump in an unfamiliar boat once ‘on the ground’ in resort. You’ll be fully prepared and able to deliver a fantastic sailing session that both you and your guests will enjoy.

Isn’t dinghy sailing all about racing?

Sailing, for many, does mean racing. Whether on a friendly level or in a more serious manner a large percentage of dinghy sailors go down the racing route having learnt. Cruising around is still on the agenda, no question, as who doesn’t simply like a float? Yet the racing element remains…

Schools, centres, clubs and watersports holiday providers all deliver race programmes – to varying levels. It’s a good idea to get instructors trained to run dinghy races. At the very least an end of session sprint round a designated course is a way to help students consolidate their newfound skills.

Watersports Nomad will have you up to speed with dinghy racing knowledge.

With the above in mind, Watersports Nomad dinghy sailing instructor course includes the RYA Start Racing certificate. This’ll give all budding instructors the know how to deliver effective dinghy racing sessions. Students will also take part in regular racing themselves as well, to help cement all that dinghy racing knowledge. After all, there’s nothing quite like being able to put what you learn into practice.

Are there any other sailing specific skills I need?

As stated above Watersports Nomad aim to give our students everything they need to become a fully rounded and qualified dinghy instructor. There’s a lot to sailing these days, but we have your back.

Having mastered the basics, progressed onto more advanced personal sailing techniques and gotten a handle on dinghy racing we’ll also give focus to sailing with spinnakers, performance dinghy sailing, day sailing and general seamanship skills. All this will see your overall understanding and sailing competence skyrocket. Which will ultimately benefit you as a sailing instructor.

Become a dinghy sailing instructor with Watersports Nomad. #4
Powerboat driving skills and safety understanding is included with all Watersports Nomad instructor courses.

Is that it if I want to become a sailing instructor?

All watersports coaches need to keep safety in mind. The safety of students and yourselves is paramount. Watersports such as dinghy sailing do carry some form of risk – they wouldn’t be fun otherwise. But we can all have procedures in place to keep this risk to a minimum.

Being able to efficiently pilot a powerboat (RIB) is key. Not only is it the most effective platform for teaching a group it’s also essential from a sailing safety point of view. In the event of an emergency being able to get back to shore rapidly is paramount. In tandem, you’ll need a good grasp of first aid afloat and how to use a VHF. 

All these things are covered on a Watersports Nomad dinghy sailing instructor course. They are necessary ‘feathers in your cap’ and transferable to other areas. You may also become a windsurfing instructor, for instance, which will also require the aforementioned knowledge and certificates.

Become a dinghy sailing instructor with Watersports Nomad. #10
Dinghy sailing instructors need to be well versed in piloting a variety of craft. We’ll get you there!

Becoming a dinghy instructor is an in depth experience and one that requires a few boxes being ticked. It’s hard to sort all these elements on your own. This is why Watersports Nomad makes all our instructor courses as hassle free as possible with everything included. There really is no better and more efficient way of getting qualified. And all within the idyllic (and warm) surrounding of Vassilii Bay in Greece

If you’ve even remotely considered turning dinghy sailing into a job then now’s the time. Check out Watersports Nomad’s full dinghy sailing instructor course details here.

For any more questions and queries don’t hesitate to contact us.

Check out these other Watersports Noamd articles for further info about becoming a dinghy sailing instructor –

Let's chat

To enquire about our instructor courses or accommodation, please get in touch