Our instructor hub is here to help you deliver a consistent and high quality experience for our members. You may be instructing on any of the following activities:
This page explains some essential processes you must follow when instructing on behalf of Pure Latitude and provides links to several important online forms you need to use.
1. Quick links to forms and guides.
2. Generic processes for using boats that all instructors must know.
3. Specific processes for events, training and competence assessments.
4. New members – additional considerations for a member’s first visit
It's really important that our instructors understand how PL operates in the marinas where our boats are moored. Use the link below to access the relevant base guide and understand the details relating to parking, collecting boat keys and accessing marina facilities.
Instructors need to know the operating systems of the boat they are instructing on, which is best done by reading through the boat specific manual in advance and checking through the boat in person on your arrival.
Check On/Off forms: At the start and end of every day or trip, an online check on and check off form needs to be completed. For members, the link to these forms can be accessed by logging into their Pure Latitude online account. For instructors, the forms are most easily accessed via the quick links section of this page. Please ensure you remind members that this form needs to be completed.
Fuel: Boats need to be refilled if returning with less than half a tank of fuel. There is a fuel account at the base fuel dock but ensure you are aware of opening hours and any Covid booking requirements . If refilling away from the home marina, please ensure you send us a copy of the receipt as proof of payment.
Gas: If you need to change a gas bottle, or find an empty gas bottle on board, please ensure you exchange the empty bottle for a full one at the chandlery within the marina. It's important that you notify us, if you have been unable to replace the empty bottle with a full one.
Further details can be found in our essential procedures guide, available on the link below.
Packing away: Please ensure you allow sufficient time to pack the boat away properly and encourage the member to help you with this. Key considerations include:
• Mooring lines - Ensure the boat is tied up properly and a second spring is in place to prevent the boat from damage on the dock.
• Sails - Neatly furled/flaked and sail covers done up.
• Halyards - Pull the halyards tight and ensure the ropes are neatly coiled in the cockpit. Please hoist the Pure Latitude flag (unless the forecast is very windy)
Cleaning: As an instructor, it is your responsibility to ensure that the boat is left clean and tidy - including the removal of all rubbish, wiping interior surfaces, cleaning the heads and washing the decks. When members are skippering for themselves, they are required to clean the boat afterwards. As such, we ask you to encourage members to assist in cleaning up/packing away whilst also helping them with this yourself.
Please ensure you have read our Covid operational guidelines - and please pay particular attention to section 4: Training and Events.
As a PL instructor, it’s important that you understand the goal of the assessment or instruction you are delivering and follow the appropriate processes relating to that type of tuition.
We send joining instructions and a member brief (Instructor brief template) one week prior to clarify the type of booking, goals and any relevant member specific guidance. Please ask us before the day if anything is unclear.
We offer a wide choice of event options for members to improve their boating skills or simply enjoy social sailing. Our calendar includes social, adventure, training and race events.
Events are not a mechanism for members to complete a competence assessment but are simply a way for them to enjoy time afloat with other PL members and a professional instructor.
Please ensure you stick to the syllabus/focus of the event day as described in the joining instructions.
We offer a wide choice of options for members to improve their boating skills - be that through bespoke tuition, RYA courses or our event programme.
Bespoke tuition allows members to focus on key boating skills they want to improve. RYA courses allow members to upskill and polish rusty skills through structured programmes. For members with suitable experience or who demonstrate appropriate skills, training days may also include a competence assessment, which if completed successfully, will allow them to skipper the boat.
It is essential that you fill out our online instructor report form after the completion of bespoke tuition.
The assessment is a critical part of the operation of the PL membership scheme. It assesses boat handling and navigation plus knowledge of PL procedures, boat and base familiarity.
The procedure and base/boat familiarity is gained through our self-induction process. Please ensure you are fully familiar with induction and assessment process before you undertake any assessments on behalf of PL.
Passing a competence assessment provides the member with access not only to the boat they are on but to other similar boats within that class.
A stand alone competence assessment normally requires an instructor to be onboard for 2 hours, with the member having already familiarised themselves with the boat (self induction) before the instructor arrives. You are checking they have the necessary skills to safely use the boat and you need to deliver honest feedback on their skills.
Please note that competence assessments are also often combined with bespoke training days or RYA courses. On these occasions, the member may prefer to familiarise themselves with the boat (self induction) with you as part of the training and you can assess their competence throughout the day/course.
It is essential that you fill out our online instructor report form after the completion of a competence assessment.
Please click on the link below to understand the key skill/knowledge areas you must check as part of a competence assessment.
On joining PL all members receive a day of instructor/boat access for a tailored mix of induction, training and competence assessment. There are a few additional considerations when dealing with new members on their first day with PL.
Recognising that members arrive with varying backgrounds and levels of experience, it is important to deliver a consistent approach for all new members. Inductors will receive a brief on the new member in advance of the day but broadly we have three types of new member.
Initial greet includes the ‘soft stuff’ of welcome, introduce team, office, hours and duty, point out local facilities and generally explain that the team is here to help with any questions or issues that might come up plus induction of procedures, bases and boats. Members will have been instructed to call on arrival. When they arrive it’s important to greet them, get them parked and, depending on existing familiarity with the base, introduce the location (facilities, local amenities, places for food/drinks/coffee). Then take them through the key procedures, accompanying or showing them signing out the keys. As this is the first interaction with PL as members, we need to make a good impression. Introduce yourself and explain who’s who at PL.
Members learn the procedures, bases and boats by self-induction i.e. they read the docs and find their way around the boats on their own. New members require just a little hand holding and opportunity to ask questions on any aspect so stick nearby and be available for questions.
Check alignment of member and brief. Contact PL if anything seems out of line.
The Instruction components of the day are:
3. Competence Assessment
The degree of each will be dependent on the brief.
For many new members the assessment and training merge into one activity. You will be showing people how to do things and then assessing whether they can complete tasks. Always the focus should be on support. For those deemed experienced enough to not require training, expect to give a few pointers and some ‘training’. Everyone can learn something but anticipate the occasional ego!