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Get active, travel the world and meet great people.


Our Professional Instructor Course can do all this and more!

Our Professional Instructor Course will produce multi-qualified RYA instructors who are ready to go out into the industry and deliver high quality sessions straight away. With demand for instructional staff from all the big activity holiday providers and activity centres on the rise, there has never been a better time to get gain your qualifications. Our course will give you everything you need to coach people in the sailing, windsurfing and paddle-boarding, but it will also equip you with all the necessary tools to gain employment at some of the most sought after locations in the industry.

The course is a very practical, spending around 80% of the time learning the skills needed on the water, using a wide variety of kit to give you the biggest breadth of experience possible. The Professional Instructor Course will use the knowledge of highly experienced coaches, who have worked throughout the industry and they will use the latest in coaching techniques to maximise your learning.

The rest of the time will be spent learning the theory behind the sports to give you the background knowledge to enable your teaching to be at the highest level. You will also learn how to plan and execute productive sessions that enable your future students to achieve. All of your future sessions will also need to have safety at the forefront; that is why you will also be looking into centre operational procedures and risk management.

We have also included a business development programme in the course to give students some training in, ‘branding & business’, business planning, visits to marine based businesses, transferable skills, CV writing, mock interviews, event planning and practical experience in presentation skills. This part of the course will be delivered by a local company, Business by Business who have over 40 years of business experience.

What’s included:

  • Offsite accommodation
  • Half-board meals
  • Logbooks and Certificates
  • Use of all kit on days off
  • Discount at OTC onsite shop
  • Digital copies of photos/video taken throughout the course

Dinghy Sailing

  • RYA Start Sailing
  • RYA Basic Skills
  • RYA Seamanship Skills
  • RYA Sailing with Spinnakers*
  • RYA Day Sailing*
  • RYA Dinghy Instructor


  • RYA Start Windsurfing
  • RYA Intermediate – non planing
  • RYA Intermediate – planing*
  • RYA Advanced*
  • RYA Windsurf Instructor

General Instructor

  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA SRC Operators license
  • RYA 1st Aid
  • RYA Safe & Fun

Stand Up Paddleboarding

  • BSUPA Paddleboard Instructor – Level 1

* These qualifications will be available to students who meet the required skill levels. These qualifications are not essential to pass instructor qualifications.

The aim we have for all of our students is to get them into employment, and with our links to industry-employers, part of the course will create time for some of those employers to come down and join us here on site to tell our students about what it is their company does. There will also be an opportunity for our students to have an interview with them. We will create time throughout the course for students to apply for jobs and help them find work that will suit them.

Our latest graduates

Maria Lochrie

Maria Lochrie


It was a really good course, the staff were very helpful and friendly. They helped me massively develop my windsurfing ability as well as building my confidence both on and off the water, especially when teaching.

Josh Shepard

Josh Shepard


I would say that the apprenticeship is one of the best learning experiences I have had and I would recommend it to anyone. What I got out of it was a very enjoyable way of trying a new and different sport and I also met lots of new people and gained more confidence. Ultimately I have now achieved my WI qualification and have made a lot of new friends into the bargain.

Our Professional Instructor Course is the best in the industry. Gain professional experience and multiple qualifications at the home of the 2012 Olympics, the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. Our next course starts on the 19th of September, get in touch today!

£5,200  £4,795

This amazing price includes accommodation and food. That’s a saving of over 30% when compared with purchasing each qualification individually!


The Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre was opened in May 2014 as a not-for-profit, fully accredited RYA training centre. With the centre being based at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy the location is second to none in terms of ease of access to the water, sailing area and onsite facilities built with sailors in mind.

The kit the centre has invested in has been hand-picked by the highly qualified team with the idea that the fleet would cater for the complete beginner through to the Olympic hopeful.


The Official Test Centre was designed with windsurfers in mind, the idea being that you can come and test the latest boards and sails easily.

Being a stone’s throw from the water of Portland Harbour it is perfectly situated to cater for all levels of ability.

Whether you taking your first steps onto the water, wanting to perfect the infamous carve gybe or crack the 40 knot barrier, the OTC has the kit and the team to help you get there.