Recommendation for full accreditation of the Omani National Sail Training Programme has been successfully approved by ISAF. The five day inspection from 10-14 November 2011 included a comprehensive review of the programme management combined with visits to sailing schools at Marina Banda Al Rowdha and Mussannah.
Saif Al Shibli, Vice Chairman of the Oman Watersports Committee said of the Accreditation, "Since October 2009, Oman Sail has taught over 6,000 people to sail and created a first class sail training scheme. We are delighted that the training scheme is accredited by ISAF, which will allow the programme to go from strength to strength."
Speaking to ISAF after the Inspection Neil Coxon, the Director of Sailing Development at Oman Sail said, "Our Sailing Schools are run by a 100% Omani team. There are 26 Full time instructors, 12 Senior Instructors and 3 Examiners. We are looking at opening another National Sailing School in Oman later this year and we aim to have 7 schools operational by the end of 2015, that will span the breathtaking coastline of Oman. This will enable increased access to sailing and grow the sport for the future benefit of all Omanis."
ISAF Inspector Andy Jeffrey offered his thanks, stating, "Both of the Centre Managers, Ali Abusaidi and Mohammed Al Balushi provided a superb welcome to their respective Sailing Schools. Their pride in their work, the staff and the achievements so far was evident and justified. The combined efforts of the team in Oman has attributed to the rapid and impressive development of the Omani National Sail Training Programme as delivered by Oman Sail."
Dan Jaspers, Training and Development Manager at the International Sailing Federation said of this latest accreditation, "Oman has shown that a small MNA can make a huge difference! The Watersports Committee and the Ministry of Sports Affairs in Oman has shown us that a dedicated team of professionals working along very clear guidelines can set up, deliver and maintain a National Programme of Sail Training that is truly beneficial to all in the Country, regardless of age or gender. We welcome the Oman application and resultant accreditation as the first in the Gulf region and encourage all of our other members to see this opportunity to be recognized by ISAF as a step towards creating a truly global forum for sharing of best practice models of delivery for cohesive National Sailing Programmes.
"I thank all those in Oman who offered the Inspector such hospitality and warmth and for being receptive to all the ideas and recommendations that were made. We look forward to many years of growth for the Omani programme and continued partnership with the International Federation."
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