Helping to Develop Dinghy Sailing Programmes in China


Search Phone
News Header

Helping to Develop Dinghy Sailing Programmes in China

In 2016, VanHang Sailing approached Rockley through recommendation because they wanted to develop their dinghy sailing programmes throughout China. 

VanHang Sailing currently has numerous sailing centres in China but only one that is RYA recognised. They have a long-term initiative to increase the number of RYA recognised venues across the country.

They currently have an on-going yachting programme but nothing specific to dinghy sailing, so their plan is to increase participation of dinghy sailing using the recognised RYA scheme. 

How did it all begin?

Two years previously, 10 candidates came to the UK for a period of 3-6 weeks. For those that were with us for the full six week period, they gained their RYA Dinghy Instructor qualification and were taught the RYA pathway.

In 2017, two candidates came to us as a pilot programme to gain their RYA Senior Instructor certificate. The three week programme included development and coach mentoring skills.

This year we have got five candidates with us on a three week RYA Dinghy Instructor programme. 

"I have so much more confidence now. It has been great having the first two weeks training
before the actual RYA Senior Instructor course
." Xia Qun

Students Xia Qun, Zirui Song, Jinshu Li, Jing Zi Li and Zhengjun Yu are currently completing their Senior Instructor course under the watchful eye of Rockley MD and RYA Coach Assessor, Pip Woods. It has been a tough couple of weeks for them with the winter weather hitting the country, but mentor Tom and instructor Lucy have made the experience really enjoyable for them.

After visiting Calshot and the RYA Dinghy Show the group commented:
"It has been good to see what's going on in the industry. I feel like we have had an all-round experience."

Their time with us has included a full social programme as well as the opportunity to learn about our marine industry. They have been introduced to marine suppliers, visited a trade shows and have attended the Southern RYA instructor training day at Calshot.

Why are we doing this?

Like the aims of VanHang Sailing, we actively encourage the promotion of increased participation in sailing not just in the UK but worldwide. There is strength in having partnerships with overseas organisations. There is a dual gain where we too get to learn about their work and practices and learn to adapt the programmes we deliver to satisfy the country and individuals.

Share this

2019 RYA Dinghy Instructor Course - Just £250pp

2019 RYA Dinghy Instructor Course - Just £250pp

We've got a FANTASTIC £145 OFF our RYA Dinghy Instructor Courses throughout 2019, making them just £250 per person.

2019 Early Booking Offers

2019 Early Booking Offers

Booking your 2019 courses or family holidays before 21st December and receive up to 20% OFF!

What makes a residential GREAT? >

There are so many elements that make a residential trip ‘great’! What’s our recipe for success…here we look at five ingredients we think are essential in making a great residential. 

We welcome our 2021 intake of apprentices >

Over the past three weeks, we’ve been excited to welcome our 2021 intake of apprentices. Jared, Theo, Adam, Richie, Ed, James, Jaime and Daniel all have varying reasons for joining Rockley's apprenticeship programme, but also all have one thing in common - their love of sport and the outdoors!  

We're making waves!


Rockley Partners


View one of our online brochures:


CALL: +44 (0)1202 677272
VISIT: Rockley Point, Poole, BH15 4RW

Website by Fathom