Our GAP year team, Tom our Conservation Intern and group of other young people from Rock UK and Fellowship Afloat spent the week at Ashburnham Place in Sussex, one of our Associate Centres. We are so proud of them as they have all successfully passed their Paddlesport Instructor assessment in the chilly November weather.
Photos thanks to Frazer Chapman.
Training Pays Off
This is what our team had to say about the highlights of their week.
Frazer: Becoming more confident underwater and doing rescues!
Joel: Overcoming my fear of going upside down in a kayak and having full trust in everyone!
Michael: Getting to know other young people from the other activity centres.
Simeon: I loved meeting the lovely people and 'supping', I also loved going for runs at 6 in the morning! (My choice)
Tom: I was really impressed by how well run the course was. Being in that environment over the week was great as was being with other instructors who were fun and supportive which made the whole experience really enjoyable. Ashburnham were great hosts too (especially the food).
Qualified Instructors for Introductory Canoe and Kayak Sessions
Having gained their new qualification our team can now lead introductory canoe and kayak sessions with groups on residentials with schools, during team building events and at our TA holidays. They will continue to enjoy getting out on the water with our A+ Canoe Club on Wednesday evenings.
A+ GAP Year Qualifications
One of the first qualifications of an A+ GAP year is the Remote Emergency Care First Aid training which they have all completed successfully. The focus now shifts and our activity coaches and GAP year leader will begin to prepare the team for their MIAS mountain bike instructor qualification, Archery instructor training and the Lowland Expedition Leader award through Sports Leaders UK. If you would like to know more about joining our GAP year team in 2019 please get in touch with Graham.