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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 Instructors qualification.

To gain the RYA instructor qualification you need to demonstrate competence on the water having 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

Training location

Sydney, Australia where you will train on the beautiful Sydney Harbour on performance dinghies in at our base in Middle Harbour.

A typical training day in Australia

You start at 07:00 with a morning Surf before breakfast in one of the many cafe’s on Manly beach. 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 hopping on a ferry to explore Sydney and all it has to offer.


  • Flying Fish team branded rash vest
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 and rescue training
  • RYA First Aid training with scenarios
  • 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
  • Use of high-performance sailing boats and catamaran
  • Mentored job hunting and access to our online recruitment service

Dates & pricing

Starts Ends Location(s) Availability
04/02/2019 01/03/2019 Sydney, Australia 2 Spaces Left
Price £2,087
Required deposit £500
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional add-ons
£1,512Shared self-catering accommodation
£1,190Round trip flight from London

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
  • 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

Week 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

Weeks 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.