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Pre Entry Sailing Assessment

Course Overview

The pre-entry is an essential prerequisite to the RYA dinghy instructor course, it is a practical test determining whether a candidate has the required sailing ability and seamanship to become an instructor.

The assessment is conducted by an RYA trainer and only valid for one year. During assessment candidates are judged on the preparation and execution of each task including, awareness of others, Showing confident sailing at all times, awareness of the five essentials.

During the assessment, the trainer will seek to confirm the candidate can sail in a controlled and competent manner, considering preparation, communication, approach and execution of each exercise.

These may include: Sailing around a triangular course; to sail in a tight circle, sailing a follow the leader course, man overboard, and other sailing based skills including; rudderless, Lee Shore landings and departure, pick up of a mooring anchor, come alongside a motorboat, and recovering a capsized dinghy and sailing away.

This provides an overall impression of the sailing ability and whether it is of the standard to attend instructor course.


Click here for 2024 training price list  (Pre entry)


15th February 

4th April 

25th May 

26th July 

17th August 

5th October 

12th October 

30th November

(Training & Assessment days) 1:2:1 will be on arrangement, contact

What to bring

Make sure you have the appropriate clothing for the weather. A wetsuit is encouraged, footwear you’re happy to get wet, layers if it’s cold, sun cream and a hat if it’s not and a buoyancy aid. Alternatively, the buoyancy aid can be rented from the club for a small fee.


During the summer, the snack bar will be open to purchase snacks, drinks, and lunch. The restaurant will also be open for dinner in the evenings.


Our Dunes and Stocker accommodation blocks offer a range of different rooms. From our admiral’s cabin through to the cadets’, there will be something suitable for everyone.


We have a large carpark onsite and down our causeway. However, if you are in a motorhome you will have to find alternative parking for overnight stays.