to our Chief Instructor Kath Scott who has qualified as an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor (Power) with flying colours – one of just a handful of female Power RYA YMIs.
You can see more on Kath’s Profile here
This is an enormous achievement for Kath after many years of hard work – even to be eligible to be considered for a Yachtmaster Instructor assessment Kath had to demonstrate that she had logged over 7,000 miles sea time! (The equivalent of sailing from the UK to Florida and back!). She also had to demonstrate that her instructional skills (both ashore and afloat) were of the highest standard to be able to train and coach students through their demanding Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore exam preparations.
A tough 3 day assessment and moderation, run by 2 x RYA YM Instructor Trainers covering a wide range of skills and knowledge including delivering sessions on boat handling by day and night, night navigation, using radar to assist navigation amongst a whole range of other subjects. Unlike other instructor courses candidates weren’t asked to prepare sessions in advance but given on the spot sessions to deliver.
“To coach a candidate through their YM Offshore exam prep requires you to be able to deliver training sessions on any area of the YM syllabus so it is essential that you have practical and theory knowledge well in excess of the YM Syllabus and an ability to explain quite complicated manoeuvres/techniques in an understandable and practical way – you never know what a candidate may need to learn or brush up on!” said Kath.
“This is the pinnacle of my instructional career and the assessment was tough – but all the hard work and preparation was absolutely worth it! My Motto: “Train hard fight easy! It has been a dream realized to become a YMI and I can’t wait to pass on my knowledge and experience to the next generation of skippers to help them realize their dreams!”
“I am have a huge passion for instructing and am delighted when I see my students improving their skills and achieving their qualifications. I fight particularly hard to help women improve their boating skills, we have too few women at the top of this this industry and I hope that becoming a YMI will enthuse others to follow in my footsteps. I am looking forward to running some Ladies Day sessions from Portishead Quays Marina later this year.”
Compass Sea School will be adding the RYA Motor Cruising Scheme to their RYA recognition over the next couple of months and we are planning to run the full range of Motor Cruising courses from Easter onwards. Courses will be run on our Sealine F42/5 Motor Cruiser Celtic North and will include:
- Start Motor Cruising Course (1 day)
- Helsman Course (2 days)
- Day Skipper Practical (4 days)
- Advanced Pilotage (2 days includes a night passage)
- Coastal Skipper Practical (5 days)
- Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore Exam Preparation ( 4 days)