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4 Weeks
Sydney, Australia
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Qualifying as a Dinghy Instructor opens up a world of opportunity to do what you love and get paid for it. Join Flying Fish, train to become an instructor and live outdoors.

The Dinghy Instructor Fast-Track is a four week training programme designed for confident, intermediate sailors who have good boat handling ability and are looking to gain their Dinghy Instructor qualification.

To gain the RYA Instructor qualification you need to demonstrate competence on the water with good communication skills, an understanding of the training scheme, in-depth theory knowledge, group management ability, safety awareness and an effective coaching style.

Flying Fish will improve on skills you have already learnt and with over 20 years’ experience running Dinghy Instructor Courses in Greece and Australia we have the expertise and knowledge to turn you into a fantastic sailor and Instructor.

A typical training day in Australia

Training starts at 10:00 at our base at Middle Harbour. You train for 5 days a week and 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.

Accommodation (Optional)

Flying Fish can provide accommodation (for an additional cost) in one of our crew houses, located in the heart of Manly, a stones through from the beach and 15 minutes from the training centre at Middle Harbour Yacht club. The accommodation is self catering and a popular choice for customers who want to stay on the beach! For more details on our accommodation in Manly then click here.



  • Flying Fish team branded rash vest
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 and rescue training
  • First Aid training
  • RYA Safe and Fun Course
  • Racing and race coaching
  • RYA Pre-assessment and Dinghy Instructor
  • All RYA Publications and Certificates
  • Full tuition up to advanced level from our highly experienced team

Dates & pricing

Starts Ends Location(s) Availability
16/11/2020 11/12/2020 Sydney, Australia 4 spaces left
Course + Accommodation
Required deposit £1,100
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Course only
Required deposit £1,100
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
15/03/2021 09/04/2021 Sydney, Australia 3 Spaces Left
Course + Accommodation
Required deposit £1,100
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Course only
Required deposit £1,100
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

  • You will need to be a confident sailor, competent to RYA Level 2 standard
  • You need to be 18 years of age or older
  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all customers booked on our programmes in Greece or Australia
  • All students are required to secure travel insurance for the duration of their course
  • Before the final week of your course you will need to join the RYA
  • The main pre-course requirement is a desire to be on the water!

Full itinerary

Weeks 1 and 2

You start off with personal tuition working on your skills and practicing new ones aiming towards the advanced dinghy modules. RYA Powerboat Level Two plus rescue training to familiarise yourself with techniques used in high wind training centres. RYA First Aid Course. Video coaching techniques, sail away trips, racing and coaching skills and high wind blasting on performance dinghies

Week 3 – 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 4 –  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.

Related courses

If you are looking to qualify over the UK summer head to Vassiliki and enjoy the magic of a med season: RYA Dinghy Instructors Course in Greece 

Or stay in Vassiliki, make yourself twice as employable and complete the Dinghy and Windsurf Instructor Course.