Assistant Instructor Training

The club intends to run Assistant Instructor (AI) training for both younger members and parents prior to the 2020 Moppy Camps taking place. This is a really good way to continue developing skills once all the Pennants have been completed or, for parents, of keeping ahead of their children (for a while at least).

We would encourage all those with appropriate experience who intend to help on the water at Moppy Camps to consider taking an AI course.

The training and assessment will be conducted by one of the Club’s Senior Instructors or the Chief Instructor.

Dates and times

The planned dates are as follows:

Saturday and Sunday 21 /22 March 2020.
0900 to approx. 1830
at Salterns Sailing Club

Plus attendance at a Moppy Camp briefing.

The Assistant Instructor training is based on a 20 hour course, covering basic teaching principles and centre procedures, most of which will be provided during these weekends.

Candidates will be awarded their certificates following completion of the briefings and preparation prior to one of the 2020 Moppy Camps.

Would you like to take part? Any questions?

Email or call the RYA Principal, whose contact details are below.

Neil Wharmby – RYA Principal
([email protected]   07808 176533)
Charlotte Selby-Nicholls  – Chief Instructor
Salterns Sailing Club
February 2020



Subject to approval by the Club’s RYA Principal, and availability of spaces, the club will meet the cost of the training for those meeting the following criteria:


  1. Sailing to Green Pennant (helm) standard or equivalent (i.e. passed 2 years of Green Pennant).
  2. Current (at February 2020) School Year 9 (or equivalent age).


  1. Competent – but not necessarily championship – sailor (for example, has experience of helming single handed dinghies and/or taking beginners out in a sailing dinghy on Lymington River or can sail round a race course on a reservoir /the Solent in a seamanlike manner – winning is not essential!)
  2. Holder of one of the RYA Sailing Scheme advanced modules.   

The Club’s policy is to make the training as inclusive as possible – potential candidates should not be put off by the above criteria – the training is more about how to teach the RYA method to beginners than being a test of speed, the ability to win a race or to sail in high winds!

Advanced modules

One of the RYA’s eligibility requirements for an AI course is a certificate for an advanced module of the RYA’s Sailing Scheme. To help those who do not yet hold one of these, the Royal Lymington Yacht Club are running a Seamanship skills course and this is open to potential SSC AI candidates, albeit at the candidate’s cost. Even if you can’t make the AI dates this year, you may wish to consider enrolling in this course as preparation for next year.

Seamanship skills course – 16 and 17 April 2020

We will circulate further details of how to enrol on this course shortly.