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RYA Pre-entry assessment

The RYA Pre-entry assessment is for aspiring RYA Dinghy Instructors. This is needed to be completed in advance of the full RYA Dinghy Instructor Course to check personal sailing abilities. 
  • 1 day course 
  • Ages 16+ 
  • 09:30-14:00 
  • £90.00
Candidates should be able to complete tasks such as those listed below, sailing at all times with an awareness of the 'five essentials', and confirming they can sail in a controlled and confident manner, showing consideration for preparation, communication, approach and execution, at all times.  

During the assessment the candidate will be asked to complete the following:

  • Sail around a triangular course of 100m (minimum) legs to the best of their ability using all the boat's normal equipment, including spinnaker if carried.
  • Sail a tight circular course around a stationary boat, making only one tack and one gybe.
  • Sail a 'follow my leader' course behind another boat.  The course may include all points of sailing and may be behind another sailing dinghy or behind a powered boat.
  • Pick up a man overboard dummy; the boat to be stopped and more than one attempt should not be needed.   

The candidate may also be asked to complete some of the following:

  • Sail without a rudder, or with the tiller on a loose elastic, around a triangular course.  You will be expected to make good progress around the course in a seamanlike manner (not applicable to keelboat or multihull instructor candidates).
  • Lee shore landing and departure
  • Anchor or pick up a mooring - wind against tide (if appropriate)       
  • Come alongside a moored boat - wind against tide (if appropriate)
  • Recover a capsized dinghy and sail away (not keelboats)