Richmond Fast Track Programme

Learn new skills, deepen your faith, gain qualifications, travel to stunning locations and meet lifelong friends.

If you would like to join our team of professional, hardworking and caring resort teams but don’t yet have the experience or qualifications required for the jobs, the Richmond Fast Track Programme could be for you!

What is the Richmond Fast Track?

The Richmond Fast Track gives you the opportunity to be a part of our vision to provide outstanding, Christ-centred holidays, bringing believers together in incredible locations around the world. This programme allows you to gain experience and watersports qualifications, learn new skills and live as part of a supportive Christian community that encourages, challenges and inspires.

The programme also gives you the opportunity to develop your Christian faith with regular input from our Ministry team as well as giving you the skills you require if you wish to continue a career with Richmond or use them in other areas.

Dates and Duration

7 Weeks – 25 May – 13 July 2023

The Course

The Fast Track is designed to take those who enjoy watersports and are interested in becoming dinghy sailing instructors through the various RYA sailing levels and powerboating qualifications, all the way to Assistant Dinghy Instructor. It gives you a hands-on experience, working alongside a qualified team in an operational RYA training centre. The course gives you a great opportunity to develop your personal sailing and windsurfing skills, as well as gaining qualifications and real-world experience.

You will gain experience shadowing and leading RYA courses so will have the best preparation for the Dinghy Instructor Course.

What Next?

You are now ready to take your Dinghy Instructor qualification! We are delighted to have a 100% pass rate from those who have complete the Richmond Fast Track! Many of our “Fast Trackers” return to Richmond year after year to put their skills into practice, helping guests make the most of the joys of watersports on their holidays! In fact, many of this year’s instructors will have started their journey on the Richmond Fast Track

Why Richmond?

We are passionate about enable people to make the most of watersports and our staff do just that for the many guests who holiday with us each year. The course is designed to be a really accessible way for you to obtain the qualifications required to be part of that team. As a Christian holiday company, you will join our team to start each day in prayer and have the support of our Ministry Leaders during your course. 

Beyond the course itself, many graduates return each summer and there are also also opportunities to join us during the winter for the ski season.


The course is heavily subsidised and made available for just £2,995 including travel, food and accommodation as well as all the training modules. You won’t find a better price for this kind of course.


Summer holidays spent sailing in Samos, Greece
Sailing catamarans in Mykali Bay, Samos, Greece thanks to Richmond Holidays RYA Waterfront

Why a Fast Track Programme?

As an employer, Richmond actively seek to retain staff and encourage development and progression and our Fast Track Programme is an example of this commitment to investing in and training our own staff.
The Fast Track Programme provides an entry point for individuals who do not yet have the training or experiences necessary for employment.

What’s Included?
  • RYA Dinghy Sailing level 1-3
  • RYA Start Windsurfing up to Intermediate level
  • RYA Seamanship Skills
  • RYA Powerboat level 2
  • RYA Safety Boat
  • International Certificate of Competence (ICC)
  • RYA Safe and Fun Course
  • RYA Performance Sailing (dependant on ability)
  • RYA Assistant Dinghy Instructor Course
  • Use of watersports, biking and other hotel facilities
  • Food and accommodation for the course duration
  • You must be 18 or over
  • Hold a valid RYA approved First Aid Certificate
  • Before the end of the course, you will need to become an RYA member (£26 per year for U25s, £47 for 26+)
  • Travel insurance policy covering sailing abroad (we can advise you on an appropriate policy)
  • EHIC or GHIC Card (apply here if not held)
Beach Briefing

Other experiences you will gain:

  • Introduction to holiday industries
  • Customer service
  • Health & Safety and Risk Assessments
  • Administration and organisation skills
  • Social media marketing
  • Christian Ministry and worship
  • Experience as part of a Christian team, contributing to Bible study and prayer

The package includes:

  • Accommodation in shared rooms
  • All meals while in resort
  • Flights from UK airport (usually London based)
  • Transfers to and from resort
  • Special rates on holidays for family
  • Use of watersports, bikes and other activity facilities
  • Uniform

Join the Richmond Fast Track Programme

We take applications to join the Fast Track throughout the year so please send us the below booking form right away if you are interested. Do be aware that there is an application process to ensure we have a great mix of people who are suitable for the course so not everyone who applies will be accepted onto the programme.

Deadline: 01 March 2023

Do contact us for further information by email to [email protected] or on 020 3004 2661.