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 21st Oct 2017 1 Day £75
Sat 20th Jan 2018 1 Day £75
Sun 25th Mar 2018 1 Day £75

+BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

BCU Foundation Safety & Rescue Training assessment provides safety awareness and rescue skills to enhance water competence. This is a prerequisite for taking BCU Coach Awards at Level 1 and 2. You must have achieved the standard of BCU 2 Star competence to attend this course. You must also be able to swim in normal paddling clothing suitable for the prevailing condition and be a minimum of 14 years of age. A first aid certificate is not a pre requisite, however the holding of a first aid certificate is strongly recommended for all paddlers. Please call the Centre for further information.

  Date Duration Price
Sun 29th Oct 2017 1 Day £80

+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) Training

The CWA covers the supervision and management of activities such as bouldering, the teaching and coaching of basic movement skills and roped climbing (excluding the teaching of leading). The course is run on a Saturday/Sunday, with 12 hours training contact time. If you would like to find out more about the CWA, please visit the MLTE website.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 17th Feb 2018 to Sun 18th Feb 2018 2 days £135

+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.