If you are about to attempt your RYA dinghy instructor pre assessment then the idea of this skills day is to equip you with the skills and knowledge to make sure you can pass. Your experience should be at the level of RYA level 2 plus one advanced module or equivalent. Please chat to one of our team if you are unsure if your level is suitable.
During this course an experienced RYA Senior Instructor will ensure you are up to scratch on all of the skills you might be asked to demonstrate on your pre entry assessment, which include
- Sailing around a triangular course.
- Sail a tight circular course around a stationary boat, making only one tack and one gybe.
- Sail a ‘follow my leader’ course behind another boat.
- Pick up a man overboard dummy; the boat to be stopped and more than one attempt should not be needed.
You might also be asked to complete some of the following on your assessment, so we will also cover
- Sailing without a rudder
- Lee shore landing and departure
- Anchor or pick up a mooring – wind against tide (if appropriate)
- Come along-side a moored boat – wind against tide (if appropriate)
- Recover a capsized dinghy and sail away (not keelboats)
We can provide wetsuits, buoyancy aids and splash tops, but as these days are often out of season it can be cold from the wind chill so bring a hat and gloves. If you have a dry suit or your own wetsuit then bring that too. We ask that you bring some footwear that you don’t mind getting wet as well as some for wearing after you have changed. Also bring a towel, and some warm clothes for after we come off the water. Also an additional dry coat can be a good idea if it is cold and some sun cream if the sun is out, as believe it or not it can get hot enough to burn here in Wales! We have excellent changing and shower facilities on site at Porth Eirias, there are also lockers that accept a £1 coin (and even give it back afterwards.)
A packed lunch is a good idea, although it is a short walk/drive into town so it is possible to go to the shops.