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7 October 2009, 05:39 pm
Abu Dhabi Hosts First 'Train the Trainers' Workshop
Dan Jaspers (l), ISAF Training and Development Manager
Dan Jaspers (l), ISAF Training and Development Manager, in Abu Dhabi for the first 'Train the Trainers' workshop

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Dan Jaspers, ISAF Training and Development Manager, reports from the first ever 'Train the Trainers' workshop run for the United Arab Emirates Sailing Federation this September.
The final step for an MNA wishing to gain ISAF 'Recognized Training' Status is to host a 'Train the Trainers' workshop. Dan Jaspers, ISAF Training and Development Manager, tells us about the first such course…

You can also view Dan's photographic report from Abu Dhabi by clicking on the link below:

In Pictures - Abu Dhabi 'Train the Trainers' Workshop

Sixteen candidates, ranging in age from 15-59 took part in the first ever ISAF 'Train the Trainers' Workshop in Abu Dhabi during the week of the 25-29 September. Eight of the candidates were recognized as being part of the future Training infrastructure of the U.A.E Federation and the other eight were young sailors who had been identified as becoming Instructors once the U.A.E Inspection for ISAF Recognized Training Status is completed.

The workshop was held at The Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) and consisted of a combination of Shore based discussions and water based practical training sessions, spanning a total of 20 hours.

In addition to running workshops designed to help the UAE Trainers develop infrastructure and system processes, the ISAF team of Dan Jaspers, Richard Percy and David Ritchie also ran on-the-water coaching sessions which concentrated on the briefing/de-briefing skills so necessary for any good Instructor. These sessions were run in the evenings once the adult trainers had finished. All of the young candidates attended every day and showed much skill in what they were asked to do.

These sessions helped the U.A.E Federation by:

• Securing extra funding from the General Authority of Youth and Sport Welfare secured for more workshops.
• Increasing interest and support from Sheik Khaled Bin Zayed, the Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Emirates Heritage Club.
• Leadership Qualification and Authority of Sport / Welfare dept fully supportive of youth development in U.A.E
• The development of a revised U.A.E / ISAF Syllabus to be launched and Logbooks / teaching resources to be printed in late 2009 / early 2010.

Breakdown of attendance - Course candidates

Age - Number on workshop

15-20 years - 7
20-30 years - 3
30-60 years - 8

With more and more countries getting in contact every week and the ISAF Annual Conference coming up in November, the future looks healthy where training is concerned.

For any MNA wishing to host one of these Workshops or for more information on any training, please click here to get hold of the Training and Development Department or email Dan at training (at)

For those of you who speak Spanish, the PROGRAMA ISAF PARA ENSEÑAR A NAVEGAR (VELA LIGERA) (ISAF Learn to Sail Document) is now available to download via the link below:

Clic aquí para descargar el Programa ISAF Para Enseñar A Navegar (Vela Ligera)

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