Using a variety of boats, sailing instructors work both at sea and on inland waterways such as lakes, reservoirs and canals. Sailing instructors can teach dinghy sailing (small craft including keelboats and catamarans), powerboat driving, windsurfing, yachting and cruising (large yachts and sailing vessels with crews).
Which you can teach will depend upon your experience and certification - this is a field in which the right training is essential. The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) website has details of all the various sailing and instructor training courses.
Employment will vary with your skills and certification. Dinghy instructors usually work at sailing clubs or schools and local authority centres. Depending on experience, they can expect to earn up to ?25,000 per year. Some dinghy instructors increase their employability by combining their dingy instruction with work in other outdoor activities.
Yachtmaster or cruising instructors are typically employed by sail and motor cruising centres. Many are self-employed, owning their own yachts and offering their services through recognised centres. If you are self-employed, then earnings will depend on how many days per year you work - as a rough guide, yachtmaster instructors and cruising instructors can expect to earn around ?60 to ?90 a day. For those prepared to travel there is also the possibility of finding work overseas.
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