How to Become an Instructor

Instructor Training:
Teach Sailing Professionally

Discover a rewarding career teaching boating.

Become an Instructor

Being a sailing instructor is not just a job; it's a rewarding and enriching experience. One of the key benefits is the opportunity to share a passion for sailing with others, introducing them to the thrill and serenity of navigating the open water.

Instructors find fulfillment in teaching and mentoring, witnessing the growth of their students as they develop newfound skills and confidence on the boat.

The role also offers a unique connection with nature, providing a workplace surrounded by the beauty and unpredictability of the sea or a picturesque lake.

Beyond the individual joy, being a sailing instructor allows for the creation of a vibrant community, fostering camaraderie among students and fellow instructors alike.

It's a profession that not only imparts valuable knowledge but also cultivates lasting connections and a shared love for the exhilarating world of sailing.

List of ISSA Trainers

  • Mike Downard
  • Jakub Elsahen
  • Tarrek Hassan
  • Tomasz Szczegielniak
  • Erez Vardi

As an ISSA instructor you:

  • Have internationally recognised qualifications
  • Get versatile skills in the demanding market
  • Can work in any ISSA Accredited School
  • Gain experience and expertise to run your own school
  • Posses professional qualifications to get work in yachting industry


In order to participate in the ISSA instructor training, the candidate should have skills and knowledge at the level of Offshore Skipper. Offshore Skipper is a yachtsman with experience from at least two sailing areas as well as more than average skills in boat handling and knowledge of leisure navigation, colregs and meteorology.

All of the training takes place onboard a sailing yacht. There can be a maximum of 4 candidates at a time.

Training Programme

  • Levelling up of the candidates’ skills. In most cases instructor candidates come from very different regions with varying experience. Therefore, it is essential to start the training with levelling of the candidates’ skills. It usually takes from one to three days as needed
  • Development of teaching abilities. Candidates practice teaching techniques at subsequent steps of yachting education. Starting with very basic sailing classes, going through intermediary level exercises and doing more advanced classes at the end of the stage.
  • Next phase comprises of practice during real sailing classes with real students. At the start of this stage, the instructor candidates work as instructor assistants, getting transformed into self-dependent instructors with full ability to teach, assist and assess future skippers.
  • The very last part refers to an exam run by an ISSA authorised examiner.

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