The training scheme leading to the RYA Instructor Qualification and related Sea School work forms an excellent training for young people in the skills they will need when they get into the world of work. Particularly it provides a huge boost to their self confidence, learning to work as part of a team and frequently instructing people much older than themselves.

Sea School is a whole package and is as much about what the Instructors get out of it as those whom they instruct.

How does one becomes a Helper, Assistant Instructor and Instructor?

Helpers are invited to join the team having shown a good level and enthusiasm for sailing and aptitude for teaching others. There is not really a minimum age limit and we would generally be looking at the young people who have been involved with the Lyme Regis Sea School courses and LRSC Youth Section.

An Assistant Instructor has usually been a Helper with at least one season's experience and will have had training in teaching techniques over that time. They need to have demonstrated that they are very competent sailors and for those who have gone through the Young Sailors Scheme, this would mean Stage 4 plus a module which generally will be Seamanship. Their sailing must have reached a point where much of it is instinctive and this is best developed by regularly racing.

The full RYA Instructor Qualification has to be carried out by an external Coach from outside the Sea School. It is a costly procedure which the Sea School almost entirely funds for its prospective Instructors, regarding it as an investment in the long term organisation.

Initially the student must demonstrate a high level of sailing skill in a Pre-Assessment. This has to be completed prior to starting the course and involves all the basic sailing: sailing without a rudder, sailing backwards and other technically demanding activities.

The Coach will easily establish the level of sailing ability and will not award the Instructor Qualification unless the required standard has been attained. In certain circumstances students may be permitted to complete the course in the hope that they will pass a Pre-Assessment at a later stage. It is very unlikely that someone who only sails on Sea School Courses will have reached the standard to pass the Pre- Assessment and everyone aspiring to become Instructors needs to sail as much as possible and preferably race.

In addition to the Pre-Assessment students need to have gained an RYA First Aid at Sea and RYA Powerboat Level 2 qualifications which are generally taken through the Sea School. The actual Instructor Course takes five intensive days with an assessment by a second coach on the sixth day. During that time they will run simulated training sessions, deliver lectures and run tutorials. It really is an exhausting week and anyone who makes it can be proud of their achievement. Once qualified they can teach virtually anywhere in the world and our Instructors have gone on to teach in Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Canada, Greece, Portugal and many other places.

Our regret is that we have to be highly selective and cannot accept everyone who applies to be on the team.

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