Top Tips for Sailing Instructing
I have been teaching sailing for 9 years in total and I have really enjoyed my time I have spent instructing. I first received my RYA Assistant Instructor at my local sailing club, encouraging me to help out on start sailing course and improver sessions. I then achieved my RYA Dinghy Instructor after my five-day course learning the structure and basics of the RYA method. After six years of being a RYA Dinghy Instructor I signed up for my RYA Senior Instructor which I passed in April this year. I have taught at many different centres across the country including several trips abroad to teach at a centre in Europe. Instructing is a huge learning curve and you will only improve by experience, good and bad. It is okay to make mistakes as long as you are still in a safe environment. If you are new to instructing or have been instructing for years it is always useful to hear other experiences, so here are my top tips for instructing.
- Sailing Area
- Teach at different centres
- A whistle signal with both hands above my head in a triangle is Go Home- all boats back to shore that’s the end of the session.
- A whistle signal with both hands on top of my head is everyone to me- all boats get close to my RHIB and stop.
- A whistle signal with one hand on my head and the other hand pointing to a boat is that boat to me
- A whistle signal with me pointing to my engine is follow my RHIB- a useful technique from regrouping your students.
- A whistle signal with my arm raising up and down, is slow down
- Purchase some wetnotes
It is so useful to have some kind of waterproof notebook and pencil out on the water with you. If you are teaching large groups it can be useful to jot down the names of your students and what boats they are sailing. Knowing the names of your students from the start of the course creates a good relationship. Jotting down any feedback is good to refer to later in debriefs. Race coaching may require a larger notebook for race results, I prefer something small to have tucked inside my buoyancy aid.
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