Instructor Training

"The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience"

Eleanor Roosevelt

Grafham Water Centre organises a number of instructor training programmes to encourage the development of appropriate skills and approaches in a variety of disciplines.

These courses are taught following the syllabus of the relevant National Governing Body and can be taken as part of our Fast Track Programme or individually.


Brilliant, helpful, knowledgeable, great teaching skills, respectful of all students – just AMAZING!  Outstanding professional organisation.

David Claassen - 8-9 September 2012

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+RYA Dinghy Instructor

This course is an intensive training course that leads to an assessment by an RYA Coach / Assessor. The course covers all aspects of the RYA syllabus and will provide excellent training for those wishing to teach sailing. You must be 16 or over and be able to demonstrate sailing ability as detailed in RYA G14 publication. You must also hold a valid 8 hour first aid certificate, RYA Powerboat Level 2 qualification and RYA 'Safe and Fun' Safeguarding course (online). RYA Membership is also required. The pre-assessment day can be booked separately or combined with the full course.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 18th Nov 2017 1 Day Pre Assessment £80
Sat 2nd Dec 2017 to Wed 6th Dec 2017 5 Day Residential £375 (residential)

+RYA First Aid

This course will give a working knowledge of First Aid to sailors and skippers. It satisfies the requirements of the RYA for Instructor Level First Aid Certificates.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 20th Jan 2018 1 Day £75
Sun 25th Mar 2018 1 Day £75

+BCU / UKCC Level 1 Coach Award

As a Level 1 Coach you can assist higher level coaches, deliver coaching sessions under their supervision and deliver taster sessions. Before you become a Level 1 Coach you will need to register with your Home Nation Association (eg Canoe England). You are required to be 16 years or over, hold a BCU 2 Star (only if you are opting for a boat based award) and a BCU FSRT. Please call the Centre for information.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 4th Nov 2017, Sun 5th Nov 2017, Sat 18th Nov 2017 and Sun 19th Nov 2017 4 days over 2 Weekends £325

+MT.UK Climbing Wall Award (CWA) Assessment

£95 (Full Day)

A one day assessment following the training course and a consolidation period.

Please contact us for more details.

+MT.UK Climbing Wall Leading Award (CWLA)

£95 (Full Day)

This day long course is for experienced SPA or CWA qulified climbing instructors who wish to teach lead climbing on artificial climbing walls. Candidates must be able to lead climb F6a on sight and take good falls on the lead. This course looks at risk assessment, coaching, teaching strategies and duty of care as well as falling and dynamic belaying.

Please contact us for more details.