Interactive training from The Green Blue
Kate Fortnam, The Green Blue’s Environmental Outreach Officer, has been
calling in at sailing clubs and centres across the UK providing free interactive
training to RYA instructors in how to deliver a variety of on water and onshore
activities in a fun and engaging way. Kate explains how the
instructors she met on her recent excursions have welcomed these new resources
and are keen to incorporate environmental messages into their sessions.
“The demand for training in these exciting new activity resources led to the
start of my ventures around Wales and Scotland.
“My first port of call was Wales with a stop off at the newly built
Llandegfedd Sailing Club in the Southeast and Plas Menai Outdoor Activity Centre
in the Northwest.
“Training sessions started with everyone getting into dinghies and kayaks to
experience, first hand, The Green Blue’s 5-10 minute ‘on water’ games. These
games included Alien Tag, with a focus on stopping the spread of invasive
species, Wildlife Escape to practise keeping a distance from wildlife and Stop
the Spill, all about handling oil and fuel.
“Back on shore the instructors tried out some Plan B sessions (for when the
weather doesn’t allow time on the water) and warm up games. Activities included
Marine CSI which gets participants to become detectives and solve four
environmental boating incidents by under taking water quality testing,
fingerprint analysis and unscrambling puzzles. Other activities included, Grab
an Alien, Rig It Right and The Plunge. With typical instructor energy, they all
fully immersed themselves in the training and were particularly pleased to see
that the activities were not only fun and informative, but would also get their
participants practising their boating skills and knowledge.
“Following the success of the welsh training sessions, I then made my way up
to the South West of Scotland to Castle Semple Outdoor Activity Centre, Galloway
Activity Centre and to the island of Cumbrae to train instructors at Scotland’s
National Activity Centre.
“It was a real pleasure to meet so many enthusiastic RYA instructors keen to
pass on environmental knowledge and best practice to students on their courses
“Instructors are great role models for future sailors and I am looking
forward to continuing training and exchanging ideas with even more sailing clubs
in the future.”
For more information or if you would like Kate to visit your club to provide
instructor training on environmental activities, please contact her at
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 02380 604 227.
information about The Green Blue visit www.thegreenblue.org.uk
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