Pembrokeshire Performance Sailing Academy

Learn to sail

About The Course

The SI Course may be the last formal course which most instructors undertake, it aims to cover as many of their needs as possible; it’s impossible to do this my didactic or dictatorial teaching.  Therefore the course has the following format:

  • A number of short on water tasks/sessions planned, led and debriefed by the candidates.
  • Shore based teaching sessions.
  • Candidate delivered presentations
  • Candidate led workshops/discussions.
  • Training tasks led by specialist coaches.
  • Continuous assessment with regular feedback after each session from the coaches running the course.
  • Sessions will be allocated to candidates’ on any part of the syllabus encouraging fresh input to candidates’ skills.
  • Training in the delivery of the Day Sailing Course.

Assumed Knowledge

Candidates must first be and RYA Instructor and must fulfill the following criteria before taking part in the Senior Instructor Course:

  • Minimum age 18
  • Two years intermittent or one year full time instructing since qualifying.
  • RYA Safety Boat certificate.
  • A valid RYA First Aid certificate or other acceptable first aid qualification
  • Signed recommendation from the Principal of an RYA Training Centre
  • RYA Safe and Fun Certificate
  • RYA Membership

During the course, candidates will be asked to demonstrate that they have sailing ability to at least the standard of an RYA Instructor.

Candidates will be expected to complete the SI Workbook that can be found on the RYA Website


The course will be four days, but can be spread over two weekends with course material sent out prior to the course.

On Completion

The Senior Instructor will be capable of managing and supervising one or more groups afloat, each group taught by an appropriately qualified instructor.  They will also understand the full requirements of RYA Training Centre Recognition and where necessary put in place all the necessary systems and documentation.  This may well include carrying out or revising a risk assessment and specifying and recording safety procedures.

Course Material

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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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