Originally Posted by tim griffin
Perhaps you should consider approaching a school and try and negotiate a discount for fellow members . A school will not allow you to teach on their behalf if their is nothing in it for them. There is plenty of Freelance work around at the moment .
As someone who has been known to occasionally work at commercial centres, you would indeed find it difficult to let them throw away thousands of pounds of potential income, so that you could use their hard earnt recognition...
But you could work alongside a local sailing club who are an RYA recognised training centre for powerboats, even offering to take on the responsibilities of lead PBI, in return for training some of their helms for free/ letting them use your rib if needed for big events/insert bargaining chip here. That way, you get to provide the training at little or no cost (and issue certificates if lead PBI), the students would potentially get to experience a greater variety of boats, and the club would get some cheap training for its members (from someone clearly, even if mammal orientated, in the rescue business). The local centres to you can be found on the find a facility link=>training centres on the top right of the RYA website. Sea Scouts and Sea Cadet units might also be good candidates for this type of arrangement
I think that maybe Jono's estimate of 6 months for setting up a training centre is accurate, even conservative for a top level commercial centre, with the premises, incorporation of the company, AALA registration, employers' insurance requirements, branding, advertising, entering into partnerships with boat builders etc. But you don't need that! All you need is the RYA recognition, and the necessary pre requisites, which can take some time to go through, but isn't that difficult to do, as the RYA produce quite a lot of guidance on sorting the paperwork out.