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27 November 2009, 10:29 am
RYA Becomes The First International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Accredited National Training Programme
Dan Jaspers (r), ISAF Training and Development Manager, presents James Stevens, RYA Training Manager, with a certificate confirming the RYA's accreditation for ISAF Recognized Training status
Dan Jaspers (r), ISAF Training and Development Manager, presents James Stevens, RYA Training Manager, with a certificate confirming the RYA's accreditation for ISAF Recognized Training status

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The International Sailing Federation's (ISAF) new training and development programme passed a major landmark today with the accreditation of its first National Training Programme, the RYA's dinghy training in Great Britain.
Following a four day in depth inspection of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training Programme by ISAF inspector Olivier Bovyn (FRA), the RYA is now formally recognized by ISAF as a world class leader in the delivery of dinghy training at RYA Training Establishments.

The inspection process looks at all aspects of a National Training Programme from the management structure and safety protocols to front end delivery of the training experience at training centres, clubs and schools affiliated to an ISAF Member National Authority (MNA). Key aspects of the inspection are to ensure that the programme will meet sustainable standards and that the training experience will be safe and enjoyable.

ISAF Inspector Olivier Bovyn, also the chairman of ISAF's Development and Youth Committee, said, "It is clear from my visits to the RYA Training Establishments that the enthusiasm and dedication of all those involved is a fundamental part of the culture that makes RYA training a world leading programme - the level of professionalism is the same in both the volunteers and full time staff and the support from the RYA Training Department including a superb range of publications and other training materials will be the envy of many countries - indeed, many other countries use RYA handbooks and other related training publications"

RYA Training Manager James Stevens said, "The RYA is proud to be the first National Authority to have its Training Programme accredited by ISAF. The endorsement by ISAF is recognition of the skill and commitment of the thousands of RYA instructors who deliver our training at hundreds of RYA recognised centres."

The ISAF Recognized Training Accreditation process is a new initiative launched this year to coincide with the creation of a new ISAF Training and Development Department led by manager, Dan Jaspers.

The process will enable nations involved in the management and delivery of National Training Programmes to demonstrate recognized international standards. The ISAF Learn to Sail Training Programme provides a framework of best practice guidelines for the development of training as well as providing a system of international recognition.

Dan Jaspers, ISAF Training and Development Manager, said, "As well as the key function of inspection we are also providing other vital services for the development of National Training Programmes, through the Connect to Sailing initiative" "We are in the process of setting up a team of Trainers to run Workshops and Seminars on all aspects of training and already have in place Facilitators who will work in countries with a National Training Programme to help achieve the levels required for ISAF Recognized Training Accreditation. Our vision is that by 2011 we will have one third of our 130 Member National Authorities running ISAF Recognized Programmes"

For more information on the ISAF Connect to Sailing initiative or the ISAF Learn to Sail Training Programme resources log onto the ISAF Website training pages - or contact Dan Jaspers via email - training (at) or at

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