To gain employment in your chosen watersport you first need to be qualified as an instructor or coach. The vast majority of watersports are governed by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) so it is through an RYA approved centre that you are likely to be undertaking your watersport instructor training course. Below you will find the most popular and comprehensive training courses currently available.
Adventure Provider: Plas Menai
Plas Menai's flagship training course the 16 Week Multi Watersports Instructor includes everything you need to qualify as an RYA Dinghy and Windsurfing Instructor and BCU Kayak Coach as well as essential foundation training in Powerboat Level 2, Short Range Radio and First Aid
Superyacht Crew Training Course
Superyacht Crew Training Course
Adventure Provider: UKSA
Have you ever wanted to work on a Superyacht? Our course would be an ideal way to start your career. Gain the skills and qualifications demanded of crew in deckhand roles. Our price includes all food and accommodation, and given the potential pay packets in the industry, you will soon cover the cost
Fast Track Dinghy Instructor Course
The fast track dinghy instructor can run as a two week (experienced sailors) or four week (no experience)option. By then end of the course you will have completed your RYA dinghy instructor training and assessment, RYA powerboat level 2 and RYA First Aid (the pre requisites to complete the course).
Apprenticeship in outdoor activity leadership
An apprenticeship with Beaudesert Outdoor Activity Centre is an amazing opportunity. We work with 1st2Achieve to deliver a fantastic NVQ level 2 in outdoor activity leadership. At the end of our apprenticeship you will have real hands on experience enabling you to begin a career in the outdoors
Professional Yachtmaster (Offshore and Ocean)
UKSA’s all-inclusive Yachtmaster training has frequent start dates so you can train when it suits you. Unique to UKSA are the excellent personal development opportunities on offer, which make you more employable. Fast and effective route into the maritime industry. Includes food/accommodation.
Outdoor Instructor Training Course
If you are seeking to venture into the exciting world of outdoor education and are looking for a partner to help, coach, develop your skills thus enabling you to begin your new career with the best possible advice, training and support, look no further than The Manor House Activity Centre. We
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Trainee Activity Instructor
FREE instructor training program. We provide all food and accommodation for the year at no cost to the individual. We then qualify those on the scheme in a range of activities, with NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY qualifications. We also provide £200 per month subsistence. must be 18-24 yrs old.
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Most watersport instructor courses assume or require some basic knowledge of sailing, though all will be able to provide an introduction in order to get you up to speed, should you be a complete beginner. Courses can last from a few weeks to several months, and usually include a range of different watersports, though the ability to specialise is often available if you ask.
Watersports may include BCU/UKCC canoeing or kayaking, RYA Dinghy Sailing and Windsurfing, and the growth sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding. The more comprehensive instructor training courses will include enough to allow you to begin a career in any one of two or three different watersports.
Check what is included in your price as some courses include more than you may imagine. As well as professional training and access to top of the range kit, you may also get meals and accommodation included, as well as access to leisure facilities during your free time.
We include a simple form on the full courses details page so that you can make further enquiries to the watersport course provider. One thing to ask would be the level of job seeking support they can offer you during and following your course. Some watersport centres have strong links with employers and may be able to get you an interview. If you are good enough, you may even find employment with your course provider!
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