ISAF Technical Courses for Coaches
There are three levels of Official Training Courses available to ISAF MNAs in order to meet their varying development needs.
The foundation of any national Programme rests 100% with well trained and enthusiastic sailing instructors who can give a complete beginner the kind of 'first experience' that will keep them coming back for more and help make sailing the choice for a lifetime of enjoyment.
The Level 1 course is a five day course designed to teach a competent sailor how to 'teach' young people and adults in such a way that they learn in safety but with maximum fun. Particpants learn all the skills and gain the confidence necessary to be able to sail a dinghy, catamaran or windsurfer independently and in moderate breeze. This course is based at national level and open only to individual ISAF MNAs.
Some Level 1 Coaches will find that they have a natural aptitude towards being an organiser, a manager or a peer group leader and will wish to help train new Level 1 coaches at their sailing club or training centre. These individuals will be identifiable by their un-dying passion for all things training related and will be ideal candidates for the Level 2 Course. These 'Trainers' will spend four days working on how to train instructors and how to run a sailing club, develop management skills through advanced briefing and de-briefing techniques. They will learn what goes into the planning of a successful Level 1 Technical Course so that they can help their MNA train its own Level 1 Coaches (Basic level Instructors) to the standards laid out by ISAF.
The Level 2 Technical Course candidates will have a personal sailing experience far greater than that of the Level 1 coach and will already have worked in a variety of sail training environments or as a racing coach / fleet captain. This course is designed to be a continental course where the host country invites surrounding MNAs to send candidates to take place, building a global community and enhancing the shared knowledge.
The ability for any sail training coach to 'identify talent' is vital as MNAs try to develop young sailors into International Standard Athletes. The Level 3 Course is designed to train Intermediate Racing Coaches who will work alongside the Level 1 and 2 Coaches but will have an existing knowledge and specific localised links with the Olympic Development Squad in their own MNA. Once a talented sailor is identified by this Level 3 Race Coach, they will be able to be monitored and guided in the right direction in terms of which class to spend more time training in, which local events to take part in, which national / International youth events could be attended and also given an individual development plan to help them on the road to potential Olympic experience.
The Level 3 Coach will help their MNA scout for talent and by being trained to deliver fun Race Coaching, they will encourage the child to stay in the sport and race for a reason rather than drop out. ISAF has many great examples of young people who have had the chance to sail internationally with initiatives like the Athlete Participation Programme helping them. If they don't know this exists, how do they have the motivation to continue when little or no outcome is obvious. The Level 3 Coach Candidate should have a broad range of racing experience and individuals should be identified by the MNA as key Trainers that are already involved with race coaching or organisation at local / international level.
|From l-r, Rich Percy from Rockley, Rob Holden, ISAF Training Scholarship holder and Dan Jaspers, ISAF Training and Development Manager|
The course includes advanced practical qualifications in dinghy, windsurfing and catamaran sailing, as well as powerboat driving skills and race coaching. Candidates also attend workshops covering topics such as 'Increasing Youth participation', 'Training Volunteer Helpers', ' Barriers to development', 'How to Accredit a Training Centre', 'Inspections and moderations', 'Running a National Programme', they will visit some of the world leaders in dinghy and catamaran design and manufacture and attend industry partner seminars and tours.
Candidates for this course must be nominated by their MNA President or Secretary General only and places are limited to one per country.
ISAF Recognized Training
ISAF MNA Training Review Visit
The ISAF MNA Training Review visit is for any ISAF MNA with an existing National Training Programme of any level that has committed to working with ISAF towards becoming accredited with the ISAF Recognized Training Status. It is financially supported by the IOC International Federation Development Fund and free for any MNA that has identified the Accreditation Inspection and Status as a goal within their Federations future development.
The ISAF Trainer allocated to the MNA will spend a number of days getting to understand the entire sail training programme before working with the Federation to complete a Professional Development Plan that will identify key areas for further work or give a clear indication of the readiness of that scheme for going forward and being ready for ISAF Inspection.
The ISAF Recognized Training Inspection can be identified independently of this Training Review for more established MNAs. The ISAF Recognized Training Accreditation is the way in which ISAF is setting about recognizing a worldwide standard of Instruction and provision of sail training, aimed at increasing participation and excellence in sailing all over the world. The badge of Recognition is a symbol of unity within our growing number of Member National Authorities and will serve to act as a measure of our involvement and support of each and every one of our countries.
2010 Training Events
2010 has already seen a 300% increase in the number of planned training events and with each course the feedback increases our ability to provide our members with better training. The following nations are scheduled to run courses in 2010:
Level 1 Technical Courses:
Level 2 Technical Courses:
Qatar Rowing and Sailing Federation, Doha.
Level 3 Technical Courses:
ISAF Training Programme Review Visit:
Trinidad and Tobago
South Africa - IOC Sport Specific Scholarship for Coaches. ISAF Training Scholarship.
Peru - Olympic Scholarship for Coaches.
ISAF Recognized Training Accreditation:
With a huge increase in the number of courses that have received IOC Funding through National Olympic Committee (NOC) funding applications, ISAF is keen to encourage more of its Member National Authorities to get in touch with their local NOCs to see just what support can be given.
Click here for the National Sail Training Programme - Development Guide