GREEN BLUE: Stop the Spill

Children in Wales looking at crabs and playing enviro games

Children in Wales looking at crabs and playing enviro games

Are you an RYA instructor or training centre interested in adding value to your courses? The Green Blue now offers visits to train instructors in a new selection of fun, interactive and informative environment and boating activities with intriguing names like Alien Tag and Stop the Spill.

The Green Blue has been calling in at sailing clubs and centres across the UK providing free interactive training to RYA instructors in how to deliver a variety of on water and onshore activities in a fun and engaging way.

The demand for training in these exciting new activity resources led to the start of my ventures around Wales and Scotland.

My first port of call was South East Wales with a stop off at the newly built Llandegfedd Sailing Club.

ALIEN TAG

Greeted by eight instructors, the day’s training began with everyone getting into dinghies and kayaks to experience, first hand, The Green Blue’s five to ten minute ‘on water’ games. These games included Alien Tag, with a focus on stopping the spread of invasive species, Wildlife Escape to practise keeping a distance from wildlife and Stop the Spill, all about handling oil and fuel.

Back on shore the instructors tried out some Plan B sessions (for when the weather does not allow time on the water) and warm-up games. Activities included Marine CSI, which gets participants to become detectives and solve four environmental boating incidents by undertaking water quality testing, fingerprint analysis and unscrambling puzzles. Other activities included Grab an Alien, Rig It Right and the Plunge.

With typical instructor energy they fully immersed themselves in the training and were excited to see how the activities would add educational value and fun to their sessions, but would also get participants practising their boating knowledge and skills.

Practising enviro games on the water with dinghy and Windsurfers in Scotland

Practising enviro games on the water with dinghy and Windsurfers in Scotland

PLAN B NEEDED

From Llandegfedd my journey cross-country took me through the Welsh valleys to North West Wales to train instructors at Plas Menai Outdoor Activity Centre and Colwyn Bay Watersports.

During my visit to Plas Menai Outdoor Activity Centre a great opportunity arose. On arrival at the centre I discovered that a school group was scheduled to sail on the centre’s J80 yachts, but unfortunately, as many of us have experienced, there was no wind and a Plan B activity was needed at short notice.

Alison Yates, Operations and Programme Manager, asked if I could set up and deliver Marine CSI and I jumped at the chance to demonstrate it. The students were instantly engaged and the teachers provided positive feedback saying the environmental topics covered by Marine CSI coincided perfectly with what they teach the pupils at school – adding even more educational value to their residential sailing trip.

PASSING ON KNOWLEDGE

Following the success of the Welsh training sessions, I then made my way up to the South West of Scotland to Castle Semple Outdoor Activity Centre, Galloway Activity Centre and to the island of Cumbrae to train instructors at Scotland’s National Activity Centre.

It was a real pleasure to meet so many enthusiastic RYA instructors keen to pass on environmental knowledge and best practice to students on their courses.

Instructors are great role models for future sailors and I am looking forward to continuing training and exchanging ideas with even more instructors in the future.

For more information or if you would like Kate to visit your club or centre to provide instructor training on environmental activities, contact her at kate.fortnam@thegreenblue.org.uk or telephone 02380 604 227.

www.thegreenblue.org.uk