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27 March 2012, 10:10 am
2012 ISAF Development Symposium Review
2012 ISAF Development Symposium
2012 ISAF Development Symposium

ISAF Development Symposium
Dublin, Ireland

With delegates from 13 ISAF Member National Authorities represented at the inaugural Development Symposium this exciting event promised much in the way of passionate discussion on all topics presented in the schedule.
For a video summary of the 2012 Development Symposium visit the dedicated ISAF TV player here.

MNA delegations present for the event: Ireland, France, Spain, Turkey, South Africa, New Zealand, Russia, Poland, Netherlands, Korea, United Arab Emirates, Seychelles and Iceland.

The broad topics were designed to provide feedback from ISAF members to then present to the ISAF Executive at the Midyear meeting in may.

1. What should the appointment criteria be for becoming an ISAF nominated expert to run ISAF Technical Courses for Coaches?
2. What Training Resources should ISAF provide for Member National Authorities to use in developing their National Sail Training Programmes for Yachting, Kiteboarding, Dinghy, Keelboat, Windsurfing, Multihull and all other linked disciplines such as safety boat handling advice for coaches and basic first aid training related to the sailing environment?
3. Are the existing criteria outlined in the 'ISAF Recognized Training' accreditation inspection guidelines fit for the purpose of inspecting national Yacht and Kiteboard training programmes?

As well as these areas for discussion the delegates received presentations from Tony Wright, Training Manager of the Irish Sailing Association who outlined how the ISA had grown their National Programme and kept the focus of the 'sailor' at the centre of all that they do. Simon Jinks author of the soon to be released 'ISAF Guide to Offshore Personal Safety for Cruising and racing' publication (click here for order queries) took delegates through the new publication and answered questions on how MNAs can all work towards developing independent Yacht Training Progranmmes by following simple steps to link with existing national maritime organisations. A truly thought provoking presentation was given by the World Youth Sailing Trust Coach, Hugh Styles on the subject of cohesive training programmes to add value to international events and leave legacy for host nations and attending teams alike.

Throughout the 2 days of the meeting delegates kept what was termed the 'Ideas Bank' where development ideas for future consideration were listed. These ideas included:

• ISAF to use model of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) to give reference for coaching qualities and competencies for International Sports Coaching Framework Framework (ISCF) with proposed ratification at the 2014 meeting of the International Council for Coach Education (ICCE) and Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF).
• ISAF to create a 'development forum' for coaches and coaching programme developers to share ideas and findings globally.
• A 'Do it yourself' menu of syllabus building blocks that can be used by MNAs to create a National Sail Training Programme across all disciplines.
• ISAF to produce an MNA guide to National Sport Programme Development (in line with the IOC DNSS programme outlines) including tools to help with managing the 'business' end of the sport.
• ISAF to host a Yearly Development Symposium for National Training Managers, Training Programme Co-ordinators and youth coaches.

Accreditation Inspection Presentation
BKA / IKA Presentation
European Qualifications Framework
ISA Presentation
Offshore Safety Guide Presentation

When asked for suggestions for future venues for the Development Symposium New Zealand, South Africa, Iceland and Turkey all agreed that they would be happy to host this event. If any other MNAs are keen to be a part of this exciting new development and would like to be included on the list please contact the Training and Development Department at ISAF.

In her closing statement ISAF Vice-President Nazli Imre said of the Symposium, "This is a beginning for a new era for ISAF and I hope that this kind of Symposium conitnues into the future."

If you or your country wish to know how you could benefit from any of the programmes that ISAF is engaged in delivering to develop the sport of sailing globally then please contact our Training and Development Department here.

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