Reflecting on the return to boating across Scotland the Off The Water podcast gets to grips with the impact that Covid-19 has had on Clubs and Training Centres, and hears how they have adapted and found the positives around the situation to move forward.
The two-part podcast meets the RYA affiliates who enable so much of the activity afloat, recognised training centres and clubs.
In the first part Nikki Stewart is joined in conversation by three training centres from across Scotland, as they share their experiences throughout COVID, what their plans are for the rest of the season and how they are adapting in different ways.
Recognised Training Centres (RTCs) provide RYA Training in a safe environment with successful learning experiences available across a range of water-based activities. Richard Hermon from Galloway Activity Centre, Fiona Andrews from Tighnabruaich Sailing School and Sami Poole from Port Edgar Watersports represent three different types of RTC, from social enterprise to holiday retreats. The range and diversity of activities at each centre highlights the importance as an entry point for the sport, alongside the commercial and tourism aspects of their businesses.
Commercially, like many other businesses, the centres have been adversely affected by lock down, in what is a limited season. Together they reflect and come to terms with the changes they must make to enable their students and customers to get afloat safely again, with some positives going forwards providing hope for bringing people into the sport.
In the second part the Off The Water team touches base with the volunteer led clubs and the challenges they have encountered to engage members. As restrictions eased the clubs have had to implement measures as they return to activity and adapt to a new normal, each with their own distinct set of circumstances.
Regional Development Officers Jack Mitchell and Robin Nicol meet with Lorna Drummond from St Andrew’s Sailing Club, Joe Swierczek of Cumbernauld Sailing Club and Neil Beveridge from Prestwick Sailing Club to hear their stories and how they are managing the changes and adhering to the guidance.
Sailing clubs have traditionally delivered a range of activities from training to racing alongside a strong social programme that connects people in the community around the sport. With multiple layers of activity, the guests talk around the challenges they faced and what has helped them to get back on the water.
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