"Whether you wish to become a competitive sailor or to enjoy the recreational aspects of the sport, you are about to enter into a world that will help you grow and develop you as a person.
"The accreditation of the National Sail Training Programme by the International Sailing Federation is the culmination of a great deal of hard work and dedication by everyone involved in the scheme from volunteers at the clubs to the regional coaches right up to the National Training Manager. I am proud to represent such a hard working and passionate team of individuals."
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The development and growth of the SAS National Training Programme for sailing is largely down to the support of the South African Olympic Committee (SASCOC). The Committee have been behind the Sailing Federation both financially and with technical advice over the last couple of years, helping SAS to link to Long Term Participant Development Programmes with Athlete Development and aligning the National Sail Coaching Qualifications and Competencies to those of other Sport Federations. This has helped SAS to be able to gain more of a status with regards national education curriculum standards and school partnership initiatives. For more info on SASCOC visit their website here.
National Training Manager for South African Sailing, who, in 2010 graduated from the ISAF Training Scholarship, commented on the upcoming Inspection saying, "The SAS National Programme intends introducing 2,000 new people to sailing in the first year after ISAF Accreditation through 12 new training centres and 4,000 in the second year through 15 SAS Accredited Centres. Within five years we aim to have in total 20,000 people introduced to the sport of sailing."
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The whole journey of South Africa Sailing can be mapped out clearly from the Training Scholarship Graduation of what was then just another coach prior to his appointment to the post of National Training Manager. Through to the Level 2 Technical Course hosted in late 2010, which trained the Regional Coaches responsible for delivering the Level 1 Technical Courses, to all of the Coaches working day to day at the Clubs and Centres in the four regions in South Africa. Right through to the ISAF Recognized Training Accreditation Inspection planned for 4-10 April 2011.
Rob Holden knows how far SAS has come in a short time and is aware of not letting the momentum slow down, adding, "Where we need to concentrate on is that there was nothing in South Africa before two years ago in terms of a truly National Programme and everyone was doing their own thing.
"Many sailors and coaches in South Africa were sceptical and didn't want to accept new ideas. By working with ISAF we convinced them that this was a scheme that would unify the clubs and centres and open up new avenues for funding and give back by getting people into the sport.. That's what was and now on a positive note we have now succeeded.
"My expectation was to have two or three centres maybe four at a push up and running by this year. Everyone was much more positive than anticipated and impressed by the professionalism of the whole scheme. Now there will be 10-15 centres this year and definitely 12 by April, when ISAF are coming to inspect us and four of these centres/clubs."
If you think that your National Training Programme would benefit from the ISAF Recognized Training accreditation or for all previous inspection reports then go to the ISAF website here.
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For any other information on ISAF Initiatives that could help grow participation in the sport of sailing contact our Training and Development Manager, Dan Jaspers here.