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RYA Scotland Instructor Conference 

RYA Scotland Instructor Conference 2018 at National Centre Inverclyde, Largs will be on the 24th of February.  The cost of the conference is £30

This year we have an online booking form which can be accessed here.  The deadline for signing up to the Conference is the 12th of February

From the feedback from 2017, we have included the opportunity for some on the water sessions in the afternoon.  These will be run at Largs Sailing Club.  Please note that numbers on these sessions will be limited.  There will also the opportunity to take part in a night navigation taster session in RIBs from Cumbrae in the evening after the conference has finished.  There will be an additional cost of £10 for this and you can sign up to it in the form above.

We have chosen the theme of retention for the morning session.  There will be updates from RYA and RYA Scotland and then we will have a carousel session.  This will consist of lots of short discussions on different aspects of retention.  We will look at ways of motivating instructors, keeping sailors engaged and other opportunities you could offer club members or instructors.  These sessions will be in small groups and will encourage discussion around the group and also a great networking opportunity.

After lunch, you will need to choose your session/sessions.  Here is a short description of each session.  Please note, you will need to choose whether you want to go afloat OR stay ashore at Inverclyde. 

Afloat

Ideas for Introducing Racing - This will look at some of the different sessions that you can run with sailors in your club to get them interested in racing.  We will be sailing Qubas.
Powerboat Handling - This will give you the opportunity to freshen up on your powerboat handling skills and have the opportunity to try driving RIBs which may be different to what you are used to.
Sailing with Spinnakers - This will be on the water in RS Visions.  We will look at the basics of using an asymmetric spinnakers and suggestions for running spinnaker sessions.
RS Demo - There will be a range of boats for you to try from JP Watersports and also a Wind SUP

Ashore

Car Park GPS - This will look at the basics of using a GPS for Mark Laying
SRC Taster Session - This will look at one of the types of handsets used in the SRC course and exam and an overview on how to use them.
Water Safety Scotland - Michael Avril will talk about Water Safety Scotland and what you can do as instructors to help promote safety to your students.
Briefing and Debriefing - This session will look at what is a good brief and debrief and some of the ways of encouraging your students to get the most out of their learning.
Teaching Passage Planning in the Classroom - This will look at interactive ways of teaching passage planning
Working with People with Disabilities - This Session will look at how you can be more inclusive as an instructor and ways to help support those with disabilities.
Basic Engine Care - Ed Stevens from Yamaha will look at how to look after your kit, basic maintenance and what pitfalls to avoid.

The National Centre Inverclyde has been refurbished to a very high standard.  The new facilities are great and we are very excited to be able to host our Instructor Conference, Awards and Club and Principals Conference there in 2018.  The postcode is KA30 8RW.    

There will be stands with products and information from leading industry suppliers.  It is a great opportunity to come and meet lots of other Principals and Instructors from Clubs and Centres across Scotland as well as learning new skills to help develop your instructing and coaching.  There will be the chance to network with centres and clubs who are looking for new instructors and also share ideas on delivery or courses.   If anyone would like any further information, please contact Nikki.

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