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Thinking of the environment 

The Green BlueInteractive 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 and sessions.

“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 kate.fortnam@thegreenblue.org.uk or telephone 02380 604 227.

For more information about The Green Blue visit www.thegreenblue.org.uk

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