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1 April 2011, 04:30 pm
Korea Completes Technical Course For Coaches
KSAF Technical Course Candidates
The KSAF Technical Course Candidates at the end of their five day training.

Korean Sailing Federation

The Korea Sailing Federation (KSAF) has successfully hosted their first ISAF Technical Course for Coaches.
With 17 Coaches completing the course, KSAF has now made a serious start on their route to having a national learn to sail training programme.

Korea Sailing Federations International Dept Manager and National Team Head Trainer, Jinyoung Hong told ISAF of the aims behind the course saying that, "KSAF has never had a Coaching manual and even the Korea National Team Coaching staff have been coaching sailors by their own skills. The Aim is to establish unified teaching skills to all of Korea. We want to Learn most effectively how to teach sailing."

Jinyoung, who completed the ISAF Training Scholarship at the Rockley International Training Academy in the UK in February 2010 continued by saying, "My aim as guardian of the National Sail Training Programme here in Korea is that with this training from ISAF we will be able to establish National Sail Training Scheme and have confidence on the water, with a clear structure and better skills in all sail training areas through this time."

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The International Sailing Federation Trainer responsible for helping Jinyoung and the Korea Sailing Federation deliver the course, Tom Wilson, explained how he had worked with KSAF to create a course syllabus that would help leave a legacy for all involved, "Each Technical Course is different. Every country's needs vary due to a variety of factors that sometimes are not apparent a first.

"The communication process with Korea has proved that there is a huge demand for a structured way of teaching through the use of a National Training Programme.

"We have worked hard to make the course reflect not only the types of learn to sail training boats that KSAF is using to train sailors but also the skills required as a Coach to teach to a newly created syllabus, giving uniformity and value to the coaching at all of the 25 training schools that KSAF currently recognize."

ISAF Training and Development Manager Dan Jaspers, who can be contacted directly here explains the importance of the ISAF Courses in a global context, "At the start of the 4 year Quadrennial Period following an Olympic Games each of the 208 National Olympic Committees that make up the IOC (numbers correct to 2010 numbers) make decisions as to which National Sport Federations (ISAF MNA's) they will support with funding and what programmes they will benefit from.

It is vital for the long term development of ISAF member nations that we can show the individual NOC's what we are doing to make the sport more unified and how these training initiatives can help with building a legacy of both increased participation at grass roots and also performance at elite level.

"I urge all ISAF members to apply for as many Technical Courses and Training Scholarships as they can so that together we can make a big difference worldwide.'

If you think that your country could benefit from any of the Training and Development packages that the International Sailing Federation provides to its members then please go to our sailing.org website training pages here.

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