Rosie, College I, adds another instructing qualification to her collection as she successfully completes RYA Dinghy Instructor course at Ripon Sailing Club.
Already an established Assistant Instructor, having gained her RYA Powerboat Level 2 Certificate in January, Rosie took the final step to gaining her full qualification. Registration as a fully qualified dinghy instructor enables Rosie to independently instruct both adults and children to sail.
Rosie undertook an intensive training course, teaching in single and double-handed boats and held over 5 consecutive days. Alongside practical teaching elements in the water, Rosie was also required to demonstrate her knowledge of sailing theory and present lessons to an assessor. She learnt how to adapt her teaching styles to suit both experienced and novice sailors, as well as different methods suitable for coaching young children and adults.
A particular favourite lesson covered weather systems, discovering how they operate and the importance of sailors knowing how to interpret them. This enabled Rosie to combine her passion for geography with her sailing experience. Hoping to pursue both interests further in the future, Rosie wishes to teach in the UK and abroad during her gap year, before applying to study Geography at University. Her dream location to teach sailing would be Greece.
“I only began sailing around 4 or 5 years ago, so not that long really. Last year I started helping at my local club for my DoE qualification and I really enjoyed it. It all came together really quickly and suddenly; I was doing the full instructor course.” Rosie explains.
Proud mother, Claire added, “We were so pleased for Rosie for achieving this qualification, and we were especially pleased to see how self-assuredly she undertook the course. Rosie was not only the only youth sailor on the course, but she was also the only female sailor on the course!”