Young Grenadian Sailors Join Instructor Training Course in Trinidad

Four keen young Grenadian sailors have been given an opportunity to further their potential as instructors in a joint initiative between the Grenada Sailing Association (GSA) and the Trinidad & Tobago Sailing Academy (TTSA). This is an on-going collaboration between the two organisations, and a key part of the GSA’s Youth Sailing Programme.

Kevin Banfield  from the Woburn Wind Warriors Sailing Club, Rees Evans and Noah Bullen from the Grenada Yacht Club Sailing School, and Robbie Fleming from Grenada Marine Sailing Club travelled to Trinidad on Sunday 3 April to take part in an Instructor Training Course, being  run by the TTSA in parallel with its annual Easter Sailing Camp.

The TTSA course will run for a week, and will focus on giving assistant instructors and trainee instructors comprehensive tuition and lesson plans on the theory & execution of training & instruction. As the course is running in parallel with the Easter Sailing Camp, it will also provide an excellent opportunity to undertake ‘hands on’ training with the young sailors taking part, whilst still under supervision and guidance from the experienced TTSA instructors.

Mr James Benoit, GSA President commented: “Joining the TTSA Instructor Training Course is a very valuable experience for our young instructors as it allows them to gain first hand teaching practice with real students both on and off the water whilst having the support and sharing the knowledge and experience of other instructors. We are pleased to report that two of the sailors in this group, Kevin and Rees, have attended TTSA courses before, whilst it will be a new experience for Noah and Robbie.  Creating a core group of well-trained young Grenadian instructors is of vital importance to the development of our Youth Sailing Programme. We are keen to continue this excellent relationship with the TTSA and plan to send more of our young sailors in the future to benefit from this important professional instruction.”

The GSA would like to thank the TTSA for offering places to our young sailors and for their help and support in facilitating the trip. Thanks also goes to Camper & Nicholsons Marinas, The Grenada Yacht Club, Budget Marine, Grenada Marine and Horizon Yacht Charters for their valuable sponsorship support, and to the Sailing Clubs for working with the GSA to make this trip happen. The GSA wishes good luck to the four trainee instructors who took part this year and looks forward to them using their knowledge to train more young Grenadian sailors.