Pembrokeshire Performance Sailing Academy

Learn to sail

About The Course

The RYA Dinghy Instructor is an experienced sailor, able to sail in strong winds and a qualified powerboat handler to RYA Powerboat Level 2, who has successfully completed a sailing test (the pre-entry test) and an instructor training course.  Instructors must be qualified for the type of boat in which they will be teaching, although Dinghy Instructors can broaden their qualification to include keelboats/multihulls and vice versa.  The instructor certificate is endorsed accordingly.

Assumed Knowledge

Minimum age 16

Competent, experienced sailor able to sail in strong winds.

Powerboat Level 2 Qualified

RYA First Aid Qualified (or other acceptable First Aid Certificate)

RYA Safe and Fun Course Qualified

RYA Member

Pre-Entry sailing assessmetn completed within one year prior to the instructor training course.


Course duration is normally 50hrs/5 day week but can be modular over a number of weekends or single days.  This approach may actually take longer.

On Completion

On completion, the RYA Dinghy Instructor can instruct in dinghies, keelboats or multihulls (depending on previous training and experience) the following courses:

  • National Sailing Scheme Level 1, 2, 3,
  • Seamanship Skills,
  • Day Sailing,
  • Sailing with Spinnakers (where appropriately experienced and approved by the centre principal) and
  • Youth Sailing Scheme Stages 1 – 4

Course Material

Course Dates

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Next Steps

Gain some teaching experience. Ask us about experience building opportunities.

With some experience, we recommend at least one season’s regular teaching as a Dinghy Instructor, you could apply to join the following courses:

  1. Advanced Dinghy Instructor Course
  2. Dinghy Racing Instructor Course
  3. Senior Dinghy Instructor Course


PPSA is located within the Llanion Cove Complex that has close to 80 bedspaces.

The accommodation is largly self-catering although there is a cafe and bar on site and is bunk house in style.  We can can arrange accommodation at Llanion Cove whilst you are on your course or underaking on water experiences for a small additional charge.

The Cove is located close to Pembroke Dock, adjacent to the Cleddau Estuary and is an ideal location from which to explore the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park, particularly in the Year of the Sea #FindYourEpic.

The Cleddau Estuary and local area boasts a vast array of visitor and historical attractions, from Pembroke Castle, the home of Henry VII to the nature reserves around the county.

PPSA is located right in the middle of this great county and it’s historic and beautiful countryside.  Please get in touch with the centre for more information and to check availability

RYA Membership

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