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9 December 2009, 04:35 pm
ISAF Launches New Training Scholarship Course
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The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) today launched the Sport Specific Training in Sailing Scholaship Course aimed at developing sail training programme managers around the world.
This Sport Specific Training Course is an eight-week Scholarship which will train and develop potential National Sail Training Programme Managers as part of the ongoing ISAF initiatives to continue the development of youth sailing and participation in grass roots training worldwide.

The course will be run at the Rockley International Trainig Centre in Great Britain. Any ISAF Member National Authority (MNA) who has identified a suitable candidate for a course such as this should first contact ISAF Training and Development Manager Dan Jaspers, who will be able to give the specific guidance required to move onto the next step.

Click here to contact Dan.

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MNAs can fund the course in a variety of ways:

- Private sponsorship (Company or individual.)

- National Sailing Federation funding (The MNA pays for the Course as part of its ongoing development)

- Joint MNA / ISAF funding (The MNA pays an amount and ISAF Subsidises an amount based on the extent of the need of the MNA in question.

- The National Olympic Committee (NOC) can be approached and asked for help through IOC Olympic Solidarity .

The successful candidates will graduate the Scholarship course with International Standard Qualifications and experience in the following disciplines:

Dinghy Sailing Instructor
Senior Instructor
Advanced Instructor Endorsement for dinghies
Racing Instructor
Multihull InstructorTraining
First Aid
Powerboat skills and Instructional Certificates
VHF Radio Qualification
Basic Sea Safety and Navigation
Knowledge of how to set up and run a sailing Club / Centre
Knowledge of Club Inspection procedures
Marine Coastguard visit
Gold medal Olympic sailor mentoring sessions
2012 Olympic venue tours and sailing experiences

Peter Gordon, CEO of Rockley International, said: "We are very excited to be working with ISAF in this project." "Through this Scholarship we have the chance to show that the benefits of the ISAF Connect to Sailing initiative are about the development of grass roots sailing globally, which will ultimately impact on the legacy of our sport for generations to come".

Dan Jaspers, ISAF Training and Development Manager, said: "This is the first Scholarship of its kind for any International Federation. ISAF has recognizing that it has a responsibility to increase participation in sailing and through working very closely with its MNAs we are making leaps and bounds in giving both our existing Members and emerging nations the tools by which they can train new sailors. If our sport is to survive in a competitive market place, we need to be innovative and by developing new programmes like this, we are doing exactly that."

Find out more about ISAF's Training and Development programme and Connect to Sailing Initiative on the ISAF Training website.

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Contact Dan Jaspers, ISAF Training and Development Manager

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