Double award for sailing instructors

14th March 2017

Two sailors from Turn to Starboard have passed a coveted Royal Yachting Association (RYA) exam.

CEO Shaun Pascoe and sailing instructor Dan Fielding both passed the Yachtmaster Instructor assessment at Falmouth last week.

The five-day course is for candidates who are already experienced RYA Cruising Instructor skippers and was a combination of tuition and assessment. The qualification enables the pair to instruct the practical course of Coastal Skipper and the Coastal and Offshore preparation courses, as well as the navigational courses in the classroom up to Yachtmaster Offshore level.

Shaun said: “We were fortunate to be assessed by two amazing and supportive RYA Yachtmaster instructor trainers, Andy and Chris, who were incredibly knowledgeable and made the week surprisingly fun. It was also reassuring to see that the training message we deliver at Turn to Starboard is the same as what the RYA expect, and focuses on safety, quality instruction and fun.”

The top-level course was a blend of assessing candidates knowledge and ensuring the pair have a structured framework to instruct, coach, observe and deliver constructive feedback to students.

Dan said: “Gaining this qualification feels fantastic and makes all the hard work in preparation worthwhile. To be validated by such highly experienced instructors adds confidence and self-belief, while the expert training honed my tuition skills which I can pass on to beneficiaries who sail with us.”

Turn to Starboard’s long-serving volunteer skipper Paul Bennett also took part in the course and will be returning to finish the final stage later this year.

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