Transforming lives through Sailing and Watersports. I am so fortunate to witness life changing moments on the water at our fully accessible Watersports Centre at Trevassack Lake and on the Helford River. We hear regularly from the teachers from the schools we work with regarding the positives our Charitable Sailing Programme has on their young people.
Children tell us that Sailing releases their troubles, teaches them to trust their friends, rise to the challenge, take risks and fight fears. We shouldn’t underestimate what young people are capable of achieving when given the chance.
Our activities help children to thrive. The children that learn with us achieve sailing competence, with 100% of participants gaining RYA Sailing Stage 1 in their first year. By year 3, children achieve RYA Sailing Stages 2-3 and progress to our Youth Group. From here (at the age of 14 plus) they can start their career in Sailing Instruction and train to become an RYA Assistant Instructor. Once this qualification has been achieved, they are able to volunteer for us to gain further experience which can lead them to their RYA Dinghy Instructor qualification from age 16.
From there it’s a few more years of experience and an RYA course to become a Senior Instructor and thereafter with a few more years of experience under their belt its Lead Instructor and Chief Instructor – a relatively quick career progression compared to most!