Watersports Instructor Training Continues in Cornwall


A new partnership between one of Cornwall’s leading watersports providers and a local sixth form is going to enable professional watersports instructor training to continue in Cornwall from September 2020.

South West Lakes Trust and Newquay Tretherras have joined forces to offer a Certificate Level 2 and Diploma Level 3 courses, combined with practical training, for young people to become watersports instructors. The course will be based at Stithians Lake which has fantastic on and off water facilities as well as a proven track record for developing new instructors.

The centre also delivers activities to the wider community including school groups, junior and adult clubs as well as facilities for people to use their own equipment.

Activity Centre Manager, Matt Loughlin commented: “It’s great that we have been able to forge this new partnership so we can continue offering the Diploma course. There is a huge demand for instructors locally, nationally and abroad. By training new instructors we will be able to keep our own workforce topped up and also help other businesses find instructors.”

Stithians is a busy commercial activity centre with a long history of providing this type of training, which makes it the ideal venue for the students to learn how a commercial centre works. The students will be immersed in centre life from day one; this will give them invaluable experience and prepare them for their future careers.

Amanda Walters, parent said, “The staff and facilities at Stithians Lake, operated by South West Lakes, are brilliant. We have been very impressed with the first class support provided by the team, which has really helped my son’s development in all aspects of water-based sports.  He has gained so much confidence in all areas and is excited about using all these skills to encourage others to get on the water! Such a brilliant and unique set of skills to have!”

The training programme will be delivered over a one-year period and students will complete a Level 2 Diploma. They will develop their practical skills and theoretical knowledge that will enable them to complete instructor training in at least one activity. This will increase their employable, enabling them to work in the industry for the summer before returning to complete the Level 3 Diploma and further instructor qualifications.

Chris Lucas, Head of Outdoor Learning at Newquay Tretherras said “This is a fantastic opportunity for young instructors to start their careers with a solid foundation in the theory and safety practice that is so important in outdoor education and adventure activity provision today, at the same time as working towards the all-important National Governing Body Awards in watersports disciplines. Students graduating from the course will be able to present a compelling package to any prospective employer of academic attainment, internationally recognised qualifications and industry work experience. We are also delighted of offer the same provision that the rest of the NT6 community enjoys such as access to the DofE Gold Award, Vinvolved Awards, ASDAN Short courses, careers advice, trips and socials, pastoral support and Maths and English GCSEs for those that need them. I wish something like this was available when I was starting out in the sector.”

Cornwall Marine Network (CMN) have supported South West Lakes to find a way to continue offering this type of training when another local organisation decided to focus on other areas of their business. They will continue to support the partnership between South West Lakes and Newquay School by signposting young people to the course.

Paul Wickes, Cornwall Marine Network CEO, said: “Sustaining this course is excellent news for the county as this is the only training of its type in Cornwall where marine leisure accounts for 60% of all marine activity. We are delighted we could help identify a solution and we wish CMN member, South West Lakes Trust and Newquay Tretherras every success. There’s a clear demand for watersports instructors in Cornwall and this high-quality course offers great employment prospects for learners not only locally but also nationally and internationally.”

The students will benefit from the collaboration between these organisations and South West Lakes Trust can give direct access to employment with their centres across the South West. They will also be able to achieve internationally recognised qualifications at heavily subsidised prices.

Stithians Chief Instructor Lark Bridges, who is a graduate of a previous Diploma course, says “I completed this course several years ago and it really set me up to work in the industry. I really enjoyed the variety of activities and the different challenges they presented. I have since gone on to gain further qualifications and I now have a full time position as Chief Instructor with South West Lakes.”

If you would like to study watersports in September 2020 please contact Newquay Tretherras Sixth Form, for further information via email at nt6@tretherras.net or call 01637 872080. Alternatively contact Stithians Lake on 01209 860301 or email stithians@swlakestrust.org.uk.

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