This a great course to do as part of a Gap year or career break. You will have a great adventure in Australia, be looked after by our team in Sydney and finish with a qualification that you can use for life. The advantage of training down under is that you complete your training during the Northern hemisphere winter, so you will be qualified and ready to start working as an instructor when the holiday season begins in Europe around April/May.
Our six-week Gap Year Dinghy Instructor course combines intensive skills coaching both on and off the water in one of the best warm water training locations in the world. If you are a beginner or have just mastered the basics Flying Fish will take you to Dinghy Instructor in just six weeks.
The course leads to the RYA dinghy instructor qualification, preparing you for work as a professional instructor in any number of RYA Training centres around the world
Flying Fish will teach you the basics quickly moving to more advanced skills, racing, safety and seamanship. You will be able to sail efficiently on all points of sail, working as crew or helm in high-performance dinghies. You will learn about meteorology, tides, knots and boat maintenance.
To be an effective teacher, our experienced instructors and trainers will show you how to give professional presentations and present feedback. After the six-week course, you will have the practice and theoretical knowledge needed to be awarded the RYA Dinghy Instructors qualification.
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Dates & pricing
Pre-requisite experience and qualifications
You must be 18 to train with Flying Fish. There are no skill prerequisites for our six-week course, this course is suitable for beginners.
A typical training day in Australia
In Sydney, you start at 07:00 with a morning surf before breakfast. You are picked up at 09:00, with training beginning at 10:00 at our base at Middle Harbour. You train for 5 days a week. Evenings and weekends are free; Sydney is a fantastic city and with so much to see and do you are spoilt for choice. Choose Manly with its busy bars and restaurants or hop on a ferry to explore Sydney and all it has to offer.
Week 1 and 2 – become competent
Learn to sail. Here we are going to teach you the basics both on and off the water from rigging the boat to sailing a triangle course progressing towards your RYA Level 3 qualification in Dinghy sailing. We will introduce you to high wind sailing, capsize drills, distance sailing and seamanship skills.
Week 3 and 4
You start off with personal tuition working on your skills and practising new ones aiming towards the advanced dinghy modules. RYA Powerboat Level 2 plus rescue training to familiarise yourself with techniques used in high wind training centres. RYA first aid course. Sail away trips, racing and coaching skills and high wind blasting on performance dinghies.
Week 5 – Instructor preparation week
RYA safety and fun course. Learning and teaching styles, Demonstration skills (learn the power of demo) Pre-Instructor course questionnaire sessions, practice presentations, how to give feedback. Close quarter sailing skills and boat handling, rudderless sailing and final coaching session before pre-assessment.
Week 6 – Dinghy Instructors course
Pre-assessment. An RYA Dinghy Coach/assessor will evaluate your skills and teaching techniques in preparation for the Instructors course. The following four days is your Dinghy Instructors course allowing you the opportunity to showcase your sailing ability and teaching style ashore and afloat.
We would recommend supplementing your training with the following course to further boost your CV and increase your employability.