Are you looking for a fun, interactive, informative and easy way to engage young sailors and sailing students in sustainable boating?
If so, The Green Blue has six new free resources designed specifically for instructors, sailing clubs, training centres and schools, as well as DofE, Scout and Guide Leaders.
Instructor Pocket Cards
The Green Blue’s pocket cards for inland and coastal instructors contain an assortment of five to ten minute activities as well as easy quiz questions aimed at adult age groups. Ideal for instructors running the full range of RYA courses from dinghy through to Yachtmaster, and inland helmsman to powerboat, the cards resemble a deck of cards in a waterproof case making them easy to store in a pocket or buoyancy aid without getting wet.
Youth Activity Swatch Cards
These cards have been very popular amongst RYA Dinghy Instructors working with younger age groups. They contain a mixture of ten to fifteen minute onshore and on water games with simple environmental messages that combine well with boating skills and knowledge.
Online Activity Sheets
A selection 20 – 60 minute activities that can be delivered onshore and in the clubhouse, the instructions and worksheets are free to download: http://tinyurl.com/greenbluegetactive.
There are currently 10 activities including The Human Photocopier, Eco-Bunting Design, Green Your Boat and The Plunge. A further 10 will be launched in the coming months.
Marine CSI Challenge
The Marine CSI Challenge is an interactive activity for sailing clubs, centres and even Scout and Guide groups where young sailors get to play the role of a marine special agent.
Challenges include fingerprint analysis, photo puzzles and water quality testing to crack four cases involving an oil spill, marine litter, bilge water contaminants and alien invaders in Paradise Harbour – The Green Blue’s fictional crime scene.
After proving a huge success at the 2015 RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, many sailing clubs and groups have since delivered the activity during sailing events such as youth and family regattas, Push The Boat Out or as a one off activity session.
Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Aims
Stuck for what to have as your expedition aim? Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition aims can easily link boating and sustainability. The aims include water quality testing, undertaking a survey to find out how sustainable boaters are along an expedition route, litter surveys and more.
Six DofE groups across all award levels, some with special needs, have already successfully incorporated the aims into their expeditions. All of The Green Blue’s Expedition aim guides can be found on The Green Blue’s website at http://tinyurl.com/DofEaims.
Scout and Guides Activity Programme
The Green Blue has developed a booklet for leaders to deliver environmental activities that contribute to an environmental badge. The Scouts and Guides also receive a booklet to record their progress towards the badge. A different activity is run each week with a different environmental focus such as oil and fuel handling, Invasive Non-Native Species, litter and water quality.
Try The Green Blue’s brand new resources by contacting Kate Fortnam, The Green Blue’s Environmental Outreach Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07900 492192.
For more information about The Green Blue visit www.thegreenblue.org.uk