Pembrokeshire Performance Sailing Academy

Learn to sail

About The Course

The majority of dinghy sailing in the UK takes place in clubs; most clubs organise racing which is a main focus of their activities.  Many people learn to sail each year but can be put off the sport when faced for the first time with the apparent complexities of club racing.

This instructor endorsement can be obtained by instructors with experience of club racing who wish to teach racing skills through the Start Racing module of the RYA sailing schemes.  Racing instructors with sufficient racing experience will also be permitted to teach the Intermediate and Advanced Racing Courses.

The course will include the organisation of club racing, preparation and management of the Start Racing Course and instructional techniques afloat including the use of race training exercises.

Assumed Knowledge

RYA Instructors who have experience of club racing (minimum completed 9 races plus assisted the race officer).


This is a one day Endorsement Course

On Completion

Able to teach the Start Racing Course.  Those with sufficient experience will be able to deliver the Intermediate and Advanced Racing Courses

Course Material

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
  1. Senior Dinghy Instructor Course

Course Dates

Date/Time Event Book
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
RYA Racing Instructors' Course
Pembrokeshire Performance Sailing Academy, Pembroke Dock Pembrokeshire


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

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