The Richmond Fast Track

Learn new skills, deepen your faith, gain water sports qualifications, work abroad 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 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 water sports qualifications, learn new skills and live as part of a supportive Christian community that encourages, challenges and inspires.

Employment Guarantee
We are so confident in our Fast Track programme that we guarantee you a job for the remainder of the season once you pass your Dinghy Instructor course. We are delighted to have a 100% pass rate for fast trackers to date which evidences the high quality instruction and commitment we make to our Fast Track team each year.

Fast Track Programme Participants
Dates and Duration

2025 – 19 May to 10 July (7 Weeks)

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 becoming fully qualified Dinghy Instructors with real-life experience. It gives you the opportunity to work alongside our qualified team in an operational RYA training centre on the stunning Greek island of Samos! The Course culminates in the RYA Dinghy Instructor Course which is held at the start of July. We bring an external RYA Coach Assessor to the resort to deliver this course which last 5 days.

What Next?

We are delighted to have a 100% pass rate from those who have completed the Richmond Fast Track! We are so confident in the quality of our programme that we guarantee you a job with us once you have completed your Dinghy Instructor qualification (this includes signing off of any action plan you may be given). This is, of course, optional but offers you a great opportunity to gain immediate employment experience with your new qualification.

Looking further ahead, 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 the instructors you will work with, will have started their journey on the Richmond Fast Track! In the winter, Richmond operates a ski chalet in the French Alps, if you love the Richmond culture in summer, this might be something you’d like to look at to continue your career with more of a hospitality focus.

Why Richmond?

We are passionate about enabling people to make the most of their holiday through watersports and our staff do just that for the many guests who holiday with us each year. This 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.

Cost

The course costs £3,495 including travel from the UK, food and accommodation as well as all the training modules.

We are looking for the very best applicants and have heavily subsidised the course to ensure it remains as accessible as possible to those looking at a career with Richmond and in water sports. You simply won’t find a better price for this full programme.

Fast Track Programme 2022 - RYA Dinghy Instructor Training
Fast Track Programme 2022 - RYA Dinghy Instructor Training

Why a Fast Track Programme?

As an employer, Richmond actively seeks to retain staff and encourage development and progression and our Fast Track is an example of this commitment to investing in and training our own staff.
The Fast Track 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 Pre-Entry Assessment
  • RYA Dinghy Instructor Course
  • Use of watersports, biking and other hotel facilities
  • Food and accommodation for the course duration
Prerequisites
  • You must be 18 or over
  • Valid passport allowing you to enter Greece for a minimum of 14 weeks 
  • 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)
  • If you would like to work for us following this course, you will need a valid Greek visa. We will help you apply for this and it will require a visit to your Greek Embassy in-person to apply. There is a cost of approx £200 for the visa application and additional supporting documentation may be required.
Fast Track Programme 2022 - RYA Safety Boat Training

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

The 2024 Fast Track is now underway. 2025 Applications will open during summer 2024.

We run a rolling application process so spaces will likely be offered before the deadline, don’t leave it to the last minute to apply as there is a strict limit of 6 people on the course each year.

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