From an outsider’s perspective, being a sailing or powerboating instructor can seem like a pretty ideal way of life: you get to play around in other people’s boats and, if you’re very lucky, you can end up in some pretty amazing locations getting paid for the privilege.
And the basic fact is that instructing is a pretty amazing job – but there is generally one drawback – money. Whichever way you look at it, it doesn’t always pay that well and with this in mind that the RYA have set up a new membership package for its instructors.
The RYA realises that it needs to provide some more tailor-made benefits for instructors, as the RYA’s Marketing Manager, Steve Gray, explains: “For a membership organisation like the RYA, loyalty is absolutely vital if we are to flourish. It was with this in mind that we decided to set up a range of benefits for RYA qualified instructors.
“We all know that while instructing is great fun, it is also not the best paid profession, so we realised that if we were going to keep instructors as members, we would have to ensure that we had benefits that were specifically designed to suit their needs.
“This is also a way for the RYA to recognise the good work done by instructors on our behalf, and also say ‘thanks’. We hope that you enjoy these new benefits.”
The new benefits will be unique to instructors and include exclusive discounts on an instructor’s range of Musto clothing and a special price on the custom designed and branded Spinlock Deck Vest, and the complete Deckware Series range. There will also be offers on a custom buoyancy aid in the future, along with other periodic one-off deals and discounts.
There are no extra costs associated with having Instructor membership. You just need to be an RYA member and an RYA Instructor. Existing RYA member/instructors will automatically receive their new instructor membership card at their next renewal and will receive automatic notification of their exclusive benefits which will be accessible via the RYA website.
As an added incentive of the membership, RYA Instructor members will receive commission on any new RYA members they sign up. For each new full member who joins, as recommended by the RYA Instructor member, the instructor will receive £7.50 commission, so by signing up just six new members each year your annual subs are more than covered. New members can join quickly and easily via the online joining point.
The new scheme will go live in February and is really just a way of saying thank you to all those RYA instructors out there who brave all kinds of weather conditions and truculent clients in order to spread the RYA’s message of safe, enjoyable boating. So from everyone at the RYA, we hope you enjoy the new package. www.rya.org.uk