If you are interested in improving your skills as crew for the charity, have a look at the training section (to be found under ’sailing’) for the latest news.
The next Awareness training will be on the 25th November and will be held at the Manx Blind Welfare Centre in Onchan. Its a part 1 course which will be run by our Awareness Officer David Killey.
The course will run from 1900-2100 please contact David on 409345 to book places and for further information.
If you have not done your awareness training please make the effort to attend this course.
This course provides the opportunity to give helpers practical advice and understanding of what is involved in working alongside disabled sailors.
- Rationalise and alleviate fear of working with people with disabilities
- Train students to facilitate activities for people with disabilities
- Provide practical advice & knowledge of working alongside disabled people
Course objectives - To be aware of and able to demonstrate knowledge of:
- The needs of disabled children and adults
- Improve essential communication skills
- The use of current terminology used to explain disability
- Understanding of disability and its challenges in the sailing environment
A big Thank You to Tim the manager of The Coop in Port Erin for making an extra donation of £105.42 to SFTD on behalf of The Coop.
We are very grateful for this extra amount in addition to that raised in the SFTD box on the counter.
Another succesful Flag Day was held Saturday 23 September. The total collected was £328.54. Good work! A big thank you to all volunteers who gave up their free time and to Port Erin Commissioners for allowing Sailing for the Disabled to organise a Flag Day.
In June this year, a visiting RYA training company offered their free time to the charity and assessed some members for a certificate of competence. Fast forward three months and after lots of planning, four anxious aspirant
yachtmasters set sail for North Wales, wondering what they'd let themselves in for!
As there was forecast poor weather, our enthusiasm and perseverance were sorely tested but once we were in Deganwy and met Ian Thomas our instructor, we regained composure and confidence. We worked hard as a team to rehearse all the processes and manouvres that were likely to be part of the exams.
Two days of navigating, pilotage and boathandling, one day of reading the theory, and we were into the exams with strong winds and tides in unfamiliar surroundings! Our examiner was thorough but pleasant, asking us lots of questions and directing us to undertake actions and manouvres we'd| (luckily) rehearsed! Morning, noon and night, we returned to Deganwy to receive the news that we'd all passed.
So, now SFTD has more skippers more highly qualified to continue the good work of providing more sails for our members!