A total of 18 people went through a day of training in Cardiff Bay, with 12 on the powerboat course, including three women, and six on the sailing course for aspiring senior instructors.
“The idea for these courses came from a meeting at the end of last year which identified the need,” explained Pete Muskett, RYA Cymru Wales South Wales development officer.
“They were aimed at people who wanted to become instructors, or those already qualified who wanted to improve their skills, with a view in particular to seeing an increase in the number of female powerboat instructors.
“The day was well received, with favourable comments about the quality of the instructors and the equipment from Cardiff Sailing Centre and Swansea Watersports.”
The course was led by RYA powerboat trainers Ceri Davies (Swansea Watersports) and Rosy Hearn (RYA Cymru Wales), ably assisted by Anthony Chappin (Cardiff Sailing Centre) and Owen Davies (Llandegfedd Watersports). Alongside that, Muskett ran the day for aspiring RYA Senior Instructors.
“It was nice to have the major centres in the area represented. It was a windy day, which added to the challenge,” he added.
“We also had a group of Dinghy Instructors aspiring to become Senior Instructors or developing their skills at that level.
“The conditions were challenging which made the day rewarding and should encourage people to get more involved as senior Instructors in the future.
“Getting the two groups of like-minded people together was another good part of the day.”
There are future instructor training courses to look out for, with an Instructor Training Day on March 22nd at Cardiff Yacht Club.
The day helps instructors from around Wales to stay up to date, as well as improving instructional skills, all delivered by Welsh coaches and trainers, as well as an RYA Training update from Rachel Andrews, RYA Chief Powerboat Instructor.
For details, go here. https://welshsailingevents.org/courses-workshops-pages/welshryainstructortrainingday/•